Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory used to measure the distances and positions of celestial objects. India has a total of five such observatories the largest of which is in Jaipur.
The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur consists of 19 large instruments each serving a very specific purpose. The most significant among these is the Samrat Yantra which is the largest sundial in the country.
The Jantar Mantar was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who from a very young age was fascinated by the movement of the celestial objects.
The instruments at the Jaipur Jantar Mantar are made of stone and are very large structures. To ensure accuracy the structures were first made out of wood and the measurements were adjusted. Once the dimensions were perfected the construction was replicated in stone to give us the magnificent Jantar Mantar.
This astronomical observatory is located at the heart of the city and is walking distance from the city palace.
You can purchase tickets to the Jantar Mantar either at the entrance or online. There is also a light and sound show for which tickets can be purchased at the monument.
A guide is a must when you visit this place as it is very rich in science and history. There are audio guides also available which explains the significance of each structure and gives a background about astronomy.
If you are interested in the movement of the heavenly bodies then you should spend around two hours at this place with the audio guide.
Visiting the Jantar Mantar during mid-day is most advisable. The sun will be right above your head and hence you will be able to understand how the readings are taken for each instrument.
The light and sound show at the Jantar Mantar is definitely worth your time. It explains the history behind the city of Jaipur and why the Jantar Mantar was constructed. The vivid colors and creative narration will really make you appreciate the beauty of this scientific instrument.
It is best to couple this visit with the city palace and hawa Mahal. The observatory is closed for about an hour in light of preparation for the light and sound show. You can take a walk through the market and shop while you wait for the show timings.
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