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Jantar Mantar

Located in the Parliament Street at Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical wonder of the ancient world. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the king of Jaipur, way back in 1724 in order to revise astronomical tables on the orders on Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah. The structure consists of 13 astronomical instruments or observatories that are used to compile tables and predict planetary motions.

The main yantras or instruments in Jantar Mantar are the Samrat Yantra, Ram Yantra, Jayaprakash Yantra and Mishra Yantra. Samrat Yantra is a 70 feet high triangle with a base of 114 feet and a thickness of 10 feet. It is a special sundial that does much more than just shows the time. Jayaprakash yantra is another wonder. It consists of hollowed spheres with internal cross wires that show the position of stars with respect to the earth. Mishra yantra is a brilliant invention that indicates exact time of noon in different parts of the world.

Jantar Mantar is open on all days from sunrise to sunset. There is really no point visiting the place after sunset because you cannot see how the instruments function. Admission fee for Indians is Rs. 5 and for foreigners, the fee is Rs. 100.

Location: Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Open: Every Days

Visit Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: Rs.5 (Indian), Rs.100 (foreigner)