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“Totally destroyed” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Jantar Mantar - Delhi

Jantar Mantar - Delhi
Connaught Place, New Delhi, India
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Ranked #87 of 214 activities in New Delhi
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in the early 1700s, this is one of the world's oldest astronomical observatories.
Bangalore, India
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“Totally destroyed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Dont waste your time looking at this - not worth it - the one in Jaipur is maintained well maintained. Here the marking of the instruments are gone. the glory is gone.. there are some guides only meant to cheat. they only show the past glory in air. nothing really exists today.

Visited October 2012
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“amazing astro structures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

built in 1700s.. has some 13 astronomic structures invented by a former king... the name means 'instrument and formula' ..if you read up what these are, it's pretty interesting

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“Amazing...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Always opt for the guide. I tried to understand the structures using the booklet available at the ticket counter. But failed. We got a guide exclusively for us. It cost 150 Rs. but was worth it. The guide will try to run through the structures. Make sure you slow down to the pace that is good for you. I took time to explain the structures to my daughter making the guide wait. He was getting very irritated with the delay. But he ended up happy since i tipped him additional 50 Rs.

Ensure your visit is timed early morning and on a clear sky day.

Visited October 2011
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“Poorly maintained scientific site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Jantar mantar is mixture of science and construction. It is walkable distance from metro station. It is just opposite Home ministry building. I was expecting the monument to be something very special. However I was disappointed. The site is not properly maintained irrespective of being on such premier area. Scientifically calculated clocks, calendars are designed by some king. Similar site is in Jaipur. There are many signages shown with monuments. However it is preferred to take guide here as many monuments here cannot be understood just on dispalys along with. It will be interesting to understand and experience them. This underlines historical zest for science and mathematics. It is great site in all. But maintenance is poor. Weather, sunshine, dust has taken toll. Cracks, damages, writing personal names on monuments is just negligence for such great place. Rewriting few vanishing writing on some clocks will be great for such wonderful scientific monument.

Visited April 2012
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“Ancient Observatory Rocks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I've seen the poor reviews here about the trash, garbage, etc. at Jantar Mantar but then that's not such an unusual condition in many parts of India. I've been there many times over the years and sometimes it's spotless - well almost - and sometimes less than pristine. That being said, I think this ancient observatory is definitely worth a visit. It's quite amazing to stand in the midst of all the colorful astrological measuring instruments and realize how advanced the Mughals were in 1724. It can be a bit humbling for Westerners and speaks to India's ancient cultural and technological heritage. The place often swarms with youngsters who seem to love the different shapes and forms used to predict the movements of the sun and the planets. It's on Janpath quite close to Connaught Place and the METRO.

Visited March 2012
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