Jantar Mantar – Jaipur

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15 - 200.00

Reviews

4.5

Overview

Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory with a set of 20 main fixed instruments. It is one of the four most preserved and historic observatories in India. The word “Jantar Mantar” stands for “Vedhshala” or instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens.

The Jantar Mantar was ahead of its time and showcased the old ways of observing celestial bodies and time.

Masonry of instruments have specific characteristics, and these instruments were designed to observe astronomical positions with the naked eyes. Several instrumental and architectural innovations were involved in the observatory evolution as a rare and timeless attraction in Jaipur.

The court of a scholarly prince had fostered astronomical skills and cosmological concepts at the end of the Mughal period. This open-air astronomical observatory is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Even today, the observatory pulls scientific fraternity from every corner of the globe to study celestial objects. This development also inspired other widespread scientific deductions like cosmology in the 18th century.

It has earned immense popularity over the years in educating people with the fascinations of space and time. Massive structures and fixed stones were aggregated for specific usage. All the 19 large instruments have distinct purposes.

Vrihat Samrat Yantra

Samrat Yantra is the most outstanding instrument, which is the largest sundial in the country. It calculates time up to the precision of two seconds.

Laghu Samrat Yantra

This small Samrat Yantra measures time up to the accuracy of twenty seconds.

Ram Yantra

Ram Yantra measures the azimuth and elevation of planets and Sun with a pair of tube-shaped structures.

Jaya Prakash Yantra

This yantra detects the elevation, azimuth, hour angles, and exact position of celestial bodies using the inverted image in the sky and the movement of the inverted shadows on the slabs. It comprises two hemispherical bowls like graded marble slabs and sundials. 

Chakra Yantra

It is a ring instrument to measure the hour angle and the coordinates of the Sun.

Digamsa
Digamsa predicts the sunrise and sunset timings in a day.

Nadivalaya

Nadivalaya represents two hemispheres of the Earth.

Kranti Vritta

It is used to measure the solar sign of the Sun in the daytime.

 

History

With an illuminating history that predates modern civilization, this observatory was far ahead of its time. It showcased the ancient ways of reading stars and skies.

Its scintillating history predates modern civilization. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built the observatory in the early 18th century. Maharaja’s fascination with celestial bodies and their movement in the sky was the driving force for founding this wonderful observatory.

The monument was completed in 1734. With the instruments, you can view celestial objects with the naked eyes. Ptolemaic positional astronomy is at the base with shared similarities for civilizations.

 

Architecture

The magnificence of Jantar Mantar came alive through the hands of the artisans. The observatory came to fruition after the king applied the finesse and knowledge of 23 astronomers of Jaipur. Today, after a lot of obstacles, it stands out as an architectural masterpiece of the country.

The Jantar Mantar is a colossal structure spread over 18000 square meters, and instruments carry an astronomical scale and involve detailed planning. The monument was made using marble and stone.

Mortar, bronze tablets, and tablets were used to construct the structure and make it sturdy.

The Archaeological Sites and Monuments, Rajasthan has been maintaining the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur since 1961.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Taxi/Cycle-rickshaw/Cabs : You can hire cabs, taxi, or Cycle-rickshaw from anywhere in Jaipur or your hotel and reach the observatory.
  • Bus : You can board a city bus to reach Jantar Mantar.
  • Road/Air/Rail : Jaipur is well-connected to all the corners of the country by plane, train, and buses.
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Ticket Pricing

  • Indians : 50 INR per person
  • Indian Students : 15 INR per person ...
  • Foreign Tourists : 200 INR ...
  • Foreign Students : 100 INR ...

Things to Do

Here are a host of things that you can do near Jantar Mantar to make your Jaipur trip even more memorable:

Sound and light show

Every evening the Sound and light show narrates you the tales of yore, the pink city, and Jantar Mantar. Its hues of colors are immersive allure the audience.

Show timings:

October to February- 06:30 pm onwards

March to April- 7 pm onwards

May to September- 7:30 pm onwards

Places to Eat

  • Around Jantar Mantar, you can try traditional cuisines like Dal Baati and Churmam sandwiches and pizzas.
  • Govindam Retreat is a restaurant for Rajasthani Thali. Midtown multicuisine is one more option.
  • Rawat sweets is a place for the sweet buff to try tasty dishes.
  • Tattoo Café and Lounge is the place for a quick snack. Wind View Café is another fast and casual food joint.

Attractions around observatory

City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Tripolia Gate, and Govardhan Temple are other places to visit around Jantar Mantar.

Address

Jantar Mantar, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Nandan Prakash
Nandan Prakash
08/05/2020 13:47
Science as a subject in school was never really my thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this site. It was like an ancient science experiment come to life. Built between 1727-34 AD it has a noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments. I recommend a guide as most of the items would be impossible to determine what they are/were or used for. If science isn't your thing the angles and geometry if the instruments also make them very photogenic, the while place was a great unexpected surprise for me. I wish we had had more time there. Best observatory in the world & very well maintained. Here I came to know that in old times how people knows the time.
Suresh Menon
Suresh Menon
09/27/2020 08:57
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, like the other Jantar Mantar s located in four other cities in India, have instruments for astrological observations, and some of them can also be used to tell the time at a particular time of the day by observing the shadow of the structures at different times of the day A very nice place for children as well as adults to understand that our ancestors were as well-versed as anyone else in the fields of astronomy & horology.... The accuracy achieved by these instruments, constructed centuries ago, is astounding, given the fact that giant leaps in science and technology since then, have not achieved the same levels of accuracy in today's measuring instruments of daily use...
Sohail Iqbal
Sohail Iqbal
09/27/2020 21:07
Beautiful and peaceful place. Thoughtfully designed and well maintained. The location is so good that you can easily visit all nearby monuments easily. Just park your vehicle at one and you can walk to all places easily. Usually the guides are available City palace, Nahargarh and the clock tower is clearly visible from here. Parking facility is decent. Other facilities like washroom and drinking water are fine
Agrawal Chirag
Agrawal Chirag
09/10/2020 11:01
Best observatory and I was really amazing that clocks here are so old but still working accurately... it's an amazing experience.. If you have kids you should bring them here...
Ankur Bagai
Ankur Bagai
10/13/2020 22:38
When we talk about time, astrology, astrophysics, or clock in general, we miss to mention that from how long we have been using Sun Dial and it's the power to understand the basic science behind it. Some of the best Sun Dials, fortunately, exist in India in the form of Jantar Mantar in both Jaipur and Delhi. Jaipur is 3 times bigger than Delhi and has much bigger sundials.

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FAQs

As many as 5 Indian cities house Jantar Mantars in India. Mathura, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, and Ujjain are the cities. Jaipur Jantar Mantar has the largest sundial in the world.
Of 5 Jantar Mantars in India, Jaipur is the largest observatory in India. It precisely predicts time, movement of planets, and other heavenly bodies. It houses the world's largest sundial. ...
Sawai Jai Singh II built and completed Jantar Mantar in 1734. Rajput ruler Maharaja Jai Singh II made Jantar Mantars at Ujjain, Varanasi, and Delhi. ...
Jantar Mantar Jaipur is a stone sundial that was built to collect astronomical data. The structure uses the Sun's position and the direction of the shadows to tell the time in the ancient days. It has been designed skillfully to also predict the movement and status of other celestial bodies in space. ...
Jantar Mantar exhibits 19 instruments at Jaipur. Samrat Yantra, Dingash Yantra, Utaansh Yantra, Rashiwalay Yantra, Rama Yantra, Jai Prakash Yantra, Chakra Yantra, and Disha Yantra are the principal instruments in Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. ...
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