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“Largest Astronomical Observatory in India”

Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
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“Largest Astronomical Observatory in India”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

It is an Astronomical marvel and could be justifiably called a wonder of the world, as Maharaja Jai Singh II studied Astrnomy and built this amazing and awe-inspiring monument in Jaipur in 1722. You will find excellent interpreters as guides in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese or French.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“MUST see while at the palace”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Just another part of the palace, so see it while you are there. very interesting concepts...lots of focus on calculation of time. Intriguing to see how they took veering into account way back then! Many different ways, lots of sundials, and other similar instruments that allowed them to calculate time prior to watches!

Visited March 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“I am impressed”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Being of a scientific bent, this place represented everything good about the past. It made me forget the thousands of workers working in terrible conditions to build the king's next palace. If anything this represents the human spirit. Did I say they were able to measure time with 2 seconds of accuracy!

Visited March 2013
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New Delhi, India
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“interesting places”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Time is an essence for everyone. This places shows how time & other astronomical calculations were done before Clocks & watches made way. A must visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful study tour”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

late Feb-2013

Jantar Mantar, an astrological site and also on UNESCO list. Brought back my little knowledge about galaxy. Very interesting. There is a gigantic time counter, accuracy to 2 seconds. It also has cosmic sets to calculate position of earth against zodiac stars, which is still usable today. Very interesting to see the instrument that points to Northern Star (even for all other main named stars), how time is indicated on the stone parabola with measure curved on it, how sun's position is indicated by 2 back-to-back at same angle to earth's tilting to indicate sun's on position of north or south hemisphere, zodiac stars' positions - magnificent, indeed. Certainly brought me back to my school days. All these contributing to zodiac stars' fortune telling. As we realise later, entrance fee (INR300 pp) to this World Heritage Site also includes entrance to other sites as well that are around Jantar Mantar - Amber Fort Palace, Hawa Mahal (= Palace of Winds). Hawa Mahal was built so that maharanis (queens) could enjoy parade from the maced windows. City Palace entrance costs INR300 per person. (http://www.jantarmantar.org/)

Do spend time here and it is all the more fun without the pestering 'sellers' as in Fatehpur Sikri. ;-D

Visited February 2013
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