Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is an astronomical observation site, which is classified as a UNESCO world Heritage site, in the capital of Rajasthan state in India.
This Mantar at Jaipur was designed for observing the astronomical positions with the naked eye. This Astronomical Observation Mantar is one among five such Mantars built by Prince Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Each Mandir has a collection of astronomical instruments. Largest stone in the world, sundial, is at Jaipur Jantar Mantar.
The Astronomical Observation Center at Jaipur is considered as the largest and the best among historic observatories in India. Others are at New Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi, all in North India. All are believed to be built in the 17th or 18th century during the last periods of Moughal dynasty in India.
Time measuring instruments at Jantar Mantar – Image courtesy (Mrs. Moni Cherian)
This Mantar measures time, accurate to half a second. It also helps in observing the sun and other heavenly bodies.
How many instruments are there in Jaipur Jantar Mantar?
Time measuring instrument at Jantar Mantar – Image courtesy (Mrs. Moni Cherian)
There are fourteen major geometric instruments in Jaipur Astronomical Observation Center.
Each of these astronomical instruments at Jaipur Astronomical Observation Center is made from locally available stone and marble (for which Jaipur is very famous), in huge structures. This is one of the main the reasons for the accuracy of the instruments. Each instrument has an astronomical scale, which is generally on the inner side of the marble lining.
How Do I Go to Jantar Mantar, Jaipur?
Jaipur is well connected by flights , train and roads to other parts of India. There is a major railway station at Jaipur. International Airport is also there in Jaipur. Jaipur city is part of Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India. Contact your travel agent for details on golden triangle tour package price.
What are the Visiting Hours at Jaipur Jantar Mantar?
Jaipur Jantar Mantar is open to tourists / visitors from 9.00 a.m. 4.30 p.m.
How Much is the Entry Fee at Jaipur Jantar Mantar?
As at the time of writing, the entry fee to the Jaipur Jantar Mantar is INR 15 for Indian students and INR 100 for foreign students. For non-students, the entry fee is INR 40 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners.