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Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
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Private Jaipur Sightseeing Full-Day Tour
Ranked #26 of 245 things to do in Jaipur
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

This observatory (no one in Jaipur called it Jantar Mantar, just "The Observatory") was absolutely awesome. It was inspiring to see what had been done so long ago. I also liked that each of the astrology signs was dispayed. The structures in the middle were also really awesome. I only wish that we had a guide or information about each of the structures within this area because there isn't much information stored there - so just go prepared fellow information seeking travellers!

Thank BrittanyH400
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Date of Visit: 25th Mar 2013

Fees: 300 INR for a composite ticket (strongly recommended because it also covers 4 other major attractions - Albert Museum Hall, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal)

+ points:
(1) Very impressive designs of buildings that are used for astrology. Even for someone like me who knows hardly anything it this field, I was quite fascinated by the ingenuity of the designs.

(2) There is quite a good explanation in English by the signs beside each building so you can get a decent enough knowledge of what the building is meant to do (e.g. to measure the azimuth of the sun)

- point:
(1) I don't think it's a place for very young kids because I don't feel that they may be able to appreciate the beauty of the place and the buildings and the terms can be quite technical for them to understand.

Thank MrLukeLau
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Very intriguing constellation reading apparatus....but clueless as to how it all works! Interesting from an architectural stance. Fascinating stuff!!!

Thank Deborah C
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Jantar Mantar made by King Sawai Jai Singh is a must go attraction in Jaipur. It has apart from the Samrat Yantra and Laghu Samrat Yantra, the Rashi Yantras - for the Zodiacs and for the Sound - Ram Yantras - a pair. It even has spherical yantras to measure the celestial bodies distance from earth. Using this advanced astronomical knowledge based on knowledge from Ulugh Beg Observatory from Samarkand, Uzbekistan - you can even see the solar eclipse!

There was no entry fee, however during the evening there is a light and sound show.
At 7:00 p.m. (in Hindi) - 100/- each
and 8:00 p.m. (in English - 200/- each.

It was an experience to watch this light and shadow show. The imagery was much better than the one I saw at the Purana Qilla in Old Delhi or the Golkonda fort in Hyderabad. Ofcourse the sound and material at Golkonda was much better. Would love to see the show at Amer fort next, as I have heard it is unparallel.

Thank bhoomikarawat
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

At the outset, I must mention that you should take a guide when you visit this place. Without a guide, this place would seem like just a few identical structures placed randomly in a garden. A guide would help you understand each and every thing in detail.
A selection of the world's largest and oldest sun-dials. The smaller of the 2 sundials is accurate to 20 seconds - the larger an incredible 2 seconds. Amazing how they had such knowledge so long ago and so accurate. There are also individual structures relating to each star sign. Stunning display of ancient scientific advances of India.
Tip: Don't forget to buy a Combo ticket. It's worth if you stay at least 2 days and plan to visit the Amber palace, Albert Hall, Nahargarh fort and Jantar Mantar.

Thank KailashRuwali
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