Jantar Mantar: About, History, Activities, Time, and Entry Fees
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is an astronomical observatory in the mid-18th century. The construction was way ahead of the present to that period, as it presents ancient methods to read stars and skies. In Sanskrit, Jantar means 'instrument’ Mantar means 'calculate’ as it calculates the celestial events and time changes happening in stars, constellations, eclipses, etc. Due to its rare and timeless attraction, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built Jantar Mantar in the early 18th century by assembling fixed stones and marble forming an enormous building. The Maharaja had an interest in tracking the motions of different shapes and celestial objects in the sky.
Though astronomers must have struggled to bring the idea to life during that period with fewer skills, it was a dream come true for architecture to get this masterpiece to the country. The skills and knowledge of the 23 astronomers of Jaipur are used to build and complete this idea.
Many tourists visit Jantar Mantar every year either for a visit or for astrology inspiration purposes. Other than this, there are things to add to their Jaipur Sightseeing to make the trip memorable. There are many activities, places, and restaurants to add to their Jaipur 3 days tour packages. These palaces, museums, restaurants, and shows highlight the history and traditions of Jaipur city.
1. City Palace
While touring Jantar Mantar on Jaipur Sightseeing Tour, one cannot miss the City Palace as the palace shows off generosity and luxury. The Royal families spent hours around the palace, treasuring the history and architectural sides.
Visitors interested in the historical part can visit Sawai Jai Singh Museum. The museum is a visual delight to the visitors, as it consists of collections of stunning weapons used by the royals, paintings, textiles, art crafts, carpets, attire, and coaches.
2. Hawa Mahal
As the name suggests, it's a 'Palace of Windows’, 700m away from Jantar Mantar. It's a stunning monument of pink and red sandstone and well-craved complicated architecture on the walls and windows.
3. Tripolia Gate
The Tripolia Gate is 300m away from Jantar Mantar. Built-in 1734, it represents a grand entrance with its massive structure into Jaipur city. The gate showcases the ideal blend of two different styles of Rajput and Mughal embodying royalty.
4. Govardhan Temple
In the year 1790, hundreds of worshipers used to pay a visit to the temple built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to seek blessings from Lord Krishna and Radha. This temple is located within the Hawa Mahal complex.
5. The Sound and Light Show
This show is the main highlight of Jantar Mantar, as it flaunts the historical representation of Pink City. The narration sounds immersive with all enticing color tones making it worthwhile for the viewers.
Show timings differ by season like in the month from October to February it's 6:30 pm onwards, and the month from March to April starts from 7 pm. Therefore, from May to September it's from 7:30 pm onwards.
Timings and Entry fees
The time to visit Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is from 9 am to 5 pm, every day of the week. The whole Jaipur sightseeing tour of this can be done within 45 minutes.
The entry fee for Indian residents and students is INR 50 AND INR 15 per person respectively. As for the foreign nationals and students, it's INR 200, and INR 100 per person respectively.
How to reach
One can reach Jantar Mantar easily by taking a taxi, bus, or rickshaw from any part of Jaipur. The foreigners are provided with services from the Jaipur taxi services for their Jaipur tour. This can be done by contacting the local taxi services or by adding the taxi services to their tour package.
The fares might differ in Jaipur sightseeing taxis according to the seasons, mode of transportation, or by the choice of vehicles.
Jaipur City has many tourist spots, and Jantar Mantar is among those tourist attractions as it has a unique representation of historic architecture, knowledge, and skills of astronomers of that period to understand the celestial movements.