Best time to visitPreferably early evening
Open hours9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Things to doTake a walking tour
BudgetIndians: INR 40, Foreigners: INR 200, Guide in Person: INR 200, Audio Guide: INR 150
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Families, Friends
Rank5 out of 190 attractions in Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.
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Reviews • 16
Our next stop was the scientific marvel - The Jantar Mantar.How our ancient astrologers, astronomers, mathematicians and everyone smart used tools, stars, planets, the sun and the moon to decide things is what this place symbolizes. You definitely need a guide to understand the place. Things are so delicate around here and yet have stood the test of time and still bear witness to the times when India, on her own, shone in the scientific universe.
Jantar Mantar : Next visit was Jantar Mantar, an UNESCO world heritage site, Just opposite to the City Palace. The instrument here were used by royal astrologers and time-keepers. The accuracy of these instruments make you wonder how advance our ancient civilization were back then. So, sit upright and lets go through these instrument to understand their working. At every instrument, there is a guy appointed who will tell you how it work, through now rarely any instrument are functioning.
2)Jantar Mantar: This astronomy observatory which houses the world's largest sundial left me awestruck about the scientific advancement of our ancestors.
It is advisable to hire a guide here in order to understand the significance of the scientific instruments/structures. There are 5 Jantar Mantars in India constructed under the leadership of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 18th century. The world's largest stone sundial is situated in Jaipur Jantar Mantar. Stopped to have lunch at a small roadside hotel on the way to Amber fort.4. Amber fort (11km from the city) Visitng hours: 8am - 6pm
Right next to it is the ‘Jantar Mantar’ or the observatory. It certainly piqued my curiosity to see how the our ancestors measured time and planetary positions so accurately. I particularly enjoyed the huge sundial.
Day 6, 4 pm - The Jantar Mantar closes by 5 pm (or so), so we made a beeline to this site as soon as we left the City Palace. The site has many artifacts of astronomical and astrological interest, so take a local guide to explain the significance of each monument.
Time as it is, is of immeasurable value, and what better way to go back in time than to contemplate and try to comprehend the complex aesthetics of art, architecture and ancient science at play at the Jantar Mantar, which houses the 18th century “Vrihat Samrat Yantra” sundial, largest in the world, along with 18 other astronomical instruments, the functions of which are sure to perplex yet amaze the beholder.
If you are a history buff, this place is for you. This is how scientists used to do there calculations back then. But do your research before you go, or hire a guide otherwise it looks like some plane wall standing nowhere for no reason.
It is a giant big clock adjacant to City Palace, it is an observatory made by Jai Singh in early 1700's and it still is the largest and most accurate clock. If you like to see what great scientists and planners Indians are, and if you are even a bit facsinated about astronomy, this place is a must visit.
Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World heritage site since 2010. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh who was a Rajput king, when there were no watches, calendars and any other high end machines and also for studying about the sky. It is one of the best architectural wonders in India consisting of 14 major geometric devices to ascertain time and auspicious occasions, determining the position of the stars, sun & the moon. This place gave me good knowledge regarding the ancient way of studying astronomy and how everything was calculated & determined prior to invention of calendars, watches etc. The guide that was hired gave complete & detailed knowledge regarding each instrument that was present there. He also explained the functioning of each instrument in detail or else it would have been quite a herculean task for a laymen to understand it by himself/herself. The guide also solved all my curious questions with a good explanation to each one of them. And After gaining all the required knowledge from the location we left for city palace..
Jantar Mantar is the name given to the series of 5 wonderful and beautiful structures built in Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Jaipur. This one is said to house the largest sun dial in world.
The calculations and the explanations really impressed me, but the guides there weren't that great probably because they were not mathematicians :(
Located across the road from the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, was our next destination in Jaipur. It: - Was built between 1727 and 1733. - Is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world ! - Has the biggest sundial in the world ! - Is one of the largest and the only working observatories of the five, built by Sawai Jai Singh II (the others were built in Delhi, Mathura, Benaras and Ujjain) - Houses a large collection of around 20, huge masonry astronomical instruments, each with a specific astronomical use. The main reason to build these large stone structures on a grand scale was to enhance the accuracy of the measurements. - Has been recently (in July 2010), added to the World Heritage list, by UNESCO, as a cultural site. - According to UNESCO, the site "is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories." As listed on the National Geographic site, the other astronomical site added to the World Heritage list is part of the monuments at "The Centre of Heaven and Earth"—a sacred mountain in China's Henan Province. The site includes the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory, built about 700 years ago at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (A.D. 1271-1368) by astronomer Guo Shoujing. Reference: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/ I admire our astronomers and masons of yesteryears who conceived and built these amazing masonry instruments used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky !
Get amazed by the instruments which the then king constructed to find the arrival of eclipses, monsoons and other geographical predictions.
After lunch, I went to Jantar Mantar, one of the five Jantar Mantar's of India. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five observatories and also houses the world's largest sundial. It houses various architectural and astrological instruments. What intrigued me the most is its strucure. It is bound to catch any tourist's eye and also remains a must-see place for any tourist visiting Jaipur.