Jantar Mantar, one of the renowned observatories in the world proves the scientific and astronomical abilities of the Rajput kings.
The maharajas of Jaipur, who were undoubtedly the best architects and planners of their times, also demonstrated their expertise in scientific calculations by constructing Jantar Mantar in five different places of India: Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. Among these five observatories, Jaipur is the home to the largest and the best preserved of these observatories.
Jantar Mantar is an important site within these Jaipur sightseeing tours. While sightseeing in Jaipur, especially around the City Palace, the visitors can explore this immemorial astronomical observatory.
Jantar Mantar, which means 'magical instrument' was designed in a unique way which helped in calculating time, predicting monsoons, eclipses and tracking the position of the sun, the moon and the stars. It is a collection of 14 geometric devices and the Samrat Yantra is the largest among these devices. It is also the largest sundial in the world.
Though the Jantar Mantar was built in the ancient age, it still serves as a learning centre to amateur learners of astronomy and is a great source of knowledge for astronomical studies.
Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
Photography allowed: Yes