Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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Jantar Mantar is known as one of the good destinations among the Jaipur tourist list. It has the world’s largest science observatory and a heritage site. This complex has the world’s most important stone Sundial in the world. The monument contains important huge antique tools of distance observation of the earth from different planets, Stars, and Satellites. This observatory builds in the year of the 18th century.

Location of Jantar Mantar

The location of Jantar Mantar is in the heart of Jaipur the pink city near Hawa Mahal and City Palace. One can easily board taxi, bus, autos to reach there from any part of the city. The observatory was situated near the gate of the renowned City palace of Jaipur Rajasthan. There are a number of buses that run to or from Jaipur.

What is the best time to visit the place?

Jantar Mantar looks beautiful all throughout the year but if you are planning to visit to watch the antique instruments, you should go during sunset. Monsoons are the worst time to make the visit. Winter is the best time to go to the fellow observatory.
 
The timings are 9 am up to 5 pm. The place is open from Monday to Friday of the week.

Price package

  • Indians: INR 50 per head (children+ adult)
  • Foreign: INR 200 per head (children+ adult)
  • Guide: INR 200 (personal)
  • Audio Guide: INR 150
  • Charges for the camera: INR 50

Why Jantar Mantar so famous?

This observatory has a number of instruments worth seeing. Top Instruments are-
  • Samrat yantra- world’s largest Sundial still in a using condition. The instrument can give accurate time with 0.5 seconds accuracy.
  • Chakra Yantra- measures the position of the sun at four different times of the day.
  • Dakshin Bhitti: it is the tool tells us the position, meridian, and altitude of many celestial bodies.
  • Dhruva Dakshak Pattika: tells the position of the pole star
  • Laghu Samrat Yantra: It is a kind of small sundial
  • Jaya Prakash Yantra: The instrument is used to determine position between star and earth and used to find auspicious period
  • Misra Yantra: This tool is used to determine the right noontime of different places on earth. This also determines the shortest and longest day of the world.
  • Rashuvalaya yantra: Instrument used to guide the time of eclipse and zodiac cycle.
 
The other important tools are Ram Yantra, Nadi Yantra, Palbha Yantra, and others. A light show and sound show is conducted every morning; its price is included in the ticket.

Availability of Guide

Guides can be found at the ticket counter. The cost of guides changes as per season and audio guides are available in a few languages.

History behind Jantar-Mantar Jaipur

The king of Jaipur, Jai Singh II was very interested in Science and astronomy. He wants to calculate distance and position of astronomical bodies by a full proof method. Thus, he travelled in his research and created various tools for his use. There are total five Observatories built up by him in India. By the use of his observatories, he calculated information that was used by him calculating auspicious time in the year.
 
When Mughal came into power over Jaipur, Jai Singh provided him all the auspicious time for royal ceremonies. Jai Singh earlier used brass instruments that were not so accurate. He later used masonry instruments. After the Shahjahan death, the use of Jantar Mantar is reduced. When the British took over India, Jantar Mantar was then forgotten. Now, after many years the Tourism industry amended it and open it, tourist and Student.

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