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“A hidden gem”
Review of Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar
Ranked #41 of 97 things to do in Varanasi
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

A perfect place to while away a couple of hours in the rain. Wasn't sure about the rs200 fee for foreigners at first, but this place is well worth the money. We managed to spend a good few hours exploring the 3 different exhibits. One on the astrological equipment, religion in Varanasi and one on the Ganga. It's all laid out well in a beautiful building. Though it's definitely a bit of a make out / privacy spot for local Indians.

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Located on the roof of the Man Mandir palace, the Jantar Mantar is similar to the ones in Jaipur and Delhi. On the ground floor there is are a few instructions, videos etc provided by Archeological Survey of India. You can read them and use the yantras to tell the time as well as planetary positions.

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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Jantar Mantar, Varanasi is a fascinating historic site in the midst of the riverfront ghats. It is located next to the Dashaswamedh Ghat, the main ghat of the city. It opens at 6 am - I arrived at 7 am and was the only visitor in the entire place at that early hour. The site is housed in the 400 year old Man Mandir Palace and the astronomical instruments are on the terrace roof. Before viewing the instruments, there are three rooms on the ground floor of the palace created by the Archaeological Survey of India - all have easy-to-read and highly informative interpretive panels on the history of the Ganga, Varanasi, and the astronomical instruments - lots of photos, diagrams, and maps. A video on the Ganga was playing in the main room. You can easily spend an hour or two reading the panels and watching the video. The astronomical observatory is on the terrace with panoramic views of the river. Unlike at Jaipur's Jantar Mantar, you can climb up the stairway of the large sundial for a fantastic view of the city. The site is clean, well maintained, and has washrooms. If you need a peaceful break from the frenetic activity of the ghats and you want a glimpse of Varanasi 400 years ago, visit this site.

1  Thank Gary W
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

The Jantar Mantar of Varanasi, one of the five in the country, is a gem hidden in plain view. It's called the Man Mandir observatory and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. It's quaint place and the 'Yantra's are just amazing, such as the sun dial. Apart from the amalgamation of history and science, the place also offers an amazing view of the ghats. The entry ticket costs Rs. 15 per person.

1  Thank Sidhartha R
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

worth spending few hours reading the entire description of all yantras for calculation of time, planetary positions etc.. The view of Ganges from windows of the observatory adds music to the tour except that it is occupied by young (school, college) couples in intimate positions . IGNORE them and continue the tour on to the first floor where yantras are installed . If one is interested one can measure the time by suns shadows falling on one yantra and can calculate the angle of inclination with the shadow falling on the other type of yantra etc...But here too ignore all the intimate couples in ' Cozy' corners . DON'T miss the Kiosk explaining (scientific) the purity of 'Ganga maa' inspite of all so called 'dirt' thrown to her.It might help a wavery mind regarding the purity and help to throw light on the fact that she is indeed described as ' papanashini'

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