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About Jantar Mantar

Built in 1734 AD, the Jantar Mantar Jaipur is a complex of nineteen astronomical observatories, sundials and other instruments, specifically for the study of celestial objects. It houses the largest stone sundial in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sawai Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of Jaipur, developed this complex to study the positions of celestial bodies and create an accurate astronomical table. For this, he built five observatories in Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi. The largest sundial, called the Samrat Yantra is used to calculate the local time accurately. The Jantar Mantar houses other equally interesting instruments too, like the Jai Prakash Yantra - a hemispherical sundial and the Dakshin Bhitti Yantra – an instrument that measures the meridian, altitude and zenith distance of the celestial bodies. The best places to stay near Jantar Mantar Jaipur include Tripolia Bazar, Civil Lines and Johari Bazar. The choicest hotels near Jantar Mantar are Samode Haveli, Khatu Haveli and The Umaid Vilas.

Historical Context: The king who built Jaipur received the epithet 'Sawai' from Aurangzeb. It was implied that Sawai Jai Singh is a quarter more intelligent than most kings. Sawai Jai Singh II was famous for his interest in astronomy. He took the star chart made by his idol Ulugh Beg, a 15th-century ruler of Samarkand, and tabulated 1018 stars and their measurements. It is considered to be the foundation act of Jantar Mantar.
Pro Tip: A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Mahals, such as the Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal, which are at a very close distance from the Jantar Mantar complex.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Family
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist Adult : INR 20 Foreign Tourist Adult : INR 100
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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