Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (must see)

The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period".

The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Each is a fixed and 'focused' tool. The Samrat Yantra, the largest instrument, is 90 feet (27 m) high, its shadow carefully plotted to tell the time of day.

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Sight Name: Jantar Mantar
Sight Location: Jaipur, India
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Jaipur, India

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Create Your Own Walk in Jaipur

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North Jaipur Walking Tour

North Jaipur Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour

Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 10.0 km
Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour

Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
South Jaipur Walking Tour

South Jaipur Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
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Travel Distance: 3.9 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km