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Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Jantar MantarLocation : Jaipur
Built in : Between 1727 and 1733
Highlights : Largest Stone Astronomical Observatory in the World
Perfect Time to Visit : October to March

Jantar Mantar, is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh and is the largest stone observatory in the World. Initially known as the “Yantra Mantra”, which means instruments and formula, it was renovated in 1901 and was declared a national monument in 1948. With a remarkable collection of architectural & astronomical instruments, Jantar Mantar depicts the knowledge and interest of our ancestors in astronomy. The position and shapes of the scientifically designed instruments depicts our forte of Medieval Indian Astronomy. This observatory still provides accurate information, which can be compared with today's modern instruments undeniably.
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Jantar Mantar has fourteen statistical instruments of various geometrical forms for calculating the time of day, predicting eclipses, the heights of heavenly bodies and the situations of constellations. Its instruments are of extraordinary precision and can still be used to measure local time, the sun's declination, azimuth and altitude etc. Amongst all the instruments, the Sundial attracts the maximum attention. It tells the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in local time of Jaipur. Other instruments at Jantar Mantar are Jaiprakash Yantra, Samrat Yantra, Ram Yantra and the Composite instrument. The Samrat Jantar, tells the time of the day, using the sun's shadow and the small domed cupola (chhatri) that is used to predict eclipses and the monsoons.

How to Reach
Air :Jaipur has a well connected airport
Rail : Jaipur is well connected via rail with all the major cities of India
Road : Jaipur has a well connected bus service as well as the city public transport facilities

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