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Jantar Mantar the Jaipur astronomical instruments collection

Jantar Mantar JaipurOne of the main attractions in the so called ‘Pink’ city of Jaipur is the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. This impressive collection of astronomical instruments were built by Sawai Jai Singh, a Mughal commander, dated 1728. Sawai Jai Singh built five observatories, one in Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Banaras (Varanasi) and Mathura. By far the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the biggest and the best preserved. This was the place where Sawai Jai Singh himself used to sit for astronomical observations. Continue reading