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Jantar Mantar - Delhi

Connaught Place, New Delhi, India
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As featured in 3 days in New Delhi and 1 other guide
Ranked #99 of 225 Activities in New Delhi
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Built in the early 1700s, this is one of the world's oldest astronomical observatories.
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Pune, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Its a waste of a trip and time since the site is a heritage site but there wasn't anything or anyone to expaln what the structures do and how they work. Had gone with kids since they were learning about it in school and wasted our time in the heat. Its Rs 5 entrance fee and free for kids under... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Jai Singh created the Jantar Mantar observatories in northern India. They remain a legacy to the advancements in mathematics, art and science of India throughout the ages. It is only very unfortunate that the New Delhi Janrar Mantar is in such a state of disrepair, a truly sad reminder that even a relatively high admission fee for such a place... More

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

In central Delhi, fairly near Connaught Place and so we decided to visit whilst passing. The whole place had a rather abandoned and derelict feel to it, with little explanation of the various observatory methods. The similar observatory in Jaipur was a lot better so go to that one if you're heading to Jaipur too.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Even without a guide there are information boards explaining the mechanism of the different structures. Interesting from a historical and from a mechanical perspective. The park does deserve a bit of love and care, and some renovation work seemed to be going on.

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Gurgaon, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Jaipur Jantar mantar is better. You can skip this. Good for kids. Quick visit is good enough for this attraction.

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Panaji, India
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This place built by maharaja Sawai jaisingh of rajasthan. It has different types of dials to know indian and foreign time. Guides are available there and charge 100 rs for 20 mins. Jantar mantar should be on must visit list in delhi and its worth opting for a guide.

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Gurgaon, India
12 reviews 12 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

After visiting the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, this one in Delhi was a disappointment. It was poorly maintained to the point that some areas were unsafe and there was a guard walking around who sporadically tried to keep kids from going into the unsafe areas. There was a lack of explanation as well. The one in Jaipur has a wealth... More

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West Mids
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I surprised myself with being interested in the "working" stone instruments on display. The information that they gave was truly amazing, luckily a volunteer / guide was on hand to explain the mechanics and readings. The largest sundial particularly looked fantastic as did the individual astronomy instruments. It was hard to believe the age of the observatory when you include... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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148 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Really nice to see this old observatory. You can enjoy walking around and taking pictures. There were also many photographs on display when we went. Just be aware that the fee to enter for non-Indians is 10x as much as the fee if you are Indian.

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Bangalore, India
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32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Good place for kids. Nice lawns to chill out. Local guides will tell u abt the place for a 100 bucks. Most markings are lost due to weather n lack of maintenance. The Jaipur one is operational, they say.

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