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“Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was simply genius”

Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
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Private Tour: Jaipur Sightseeing Including Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and Jeep...
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Jaipur, India
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“Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was simply genius”
Reviewed 1 January 2010

Janter Manter is not just a simple observatory it is vision of Maharaja Swai Jai Singh who wanted to see how he can check his knowledge on scientific grounds. He got this knowledge in heritated to him from his mother. He tried making first small sun dial in Amber when he was the ruler of Amber, then rest all five observatories were built. Location of Jaipur observatory explains all about his passion towards stars & planets. It was built close to City Palace old official residence of Maharaja so that he can walk there any time.

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“Jantar Mantar: The old Magical Place”
Reviewed 10 December 2009

Jaipur is a city of amusements and incredible places to visit. We recently went to Jaipur on a family tour to see the all-by-word-of-mouth famous city called Pink city. Although we visited all places like Pink pearl, the old kila, hawa mahal etc but the place which i like most is Jantar Mantar.

The knowledge of our ancestors is great not only in terms of discovering fire, wheel or spring but also about season, days and years. Even though they did not have watch to see the time, calender to notice events and festivals they had some mechanisms and tracking instruments built to enjoy the same virtue of day and night which we are doing by having a nice, sober hand-watch on wrist and a cool calender stick to the desktop window. And the most interesting part of their innvoations was that they were all dependent upon natural elements like sun, moon, sky, season and very importantly shadow. Jantar Mantar shows the observatories through a variety of media and information resources, making it possible to explore and learn about these historic sites through interactive and fun-filled live demos of huge and interesting practical things.

The place is not only for fun but for intellectual and intelligent people it is a source of Knowledge. I asked one lady foreigner named Rosy about the place. She was having a big digital cam coder in her hand and was making video of the whole place. She softly replied that India is a place of great Magics. This place Jantar Mantar is no less than a magic where people of that age who did not have even watch invented these all instruments to measure all these parameters that too so accurately. I had a photo with her then.

Our guide told that in old age, people come to this place to know the time, season, their sun sign and more. This was the only place where they could find all these things.
Our guide was telling us about how to measure parameters like time, sun sign, season etc by using those so called instruments. He told us that "The instruments are too old and are periodically renovated. But most of the instruments were renovated in 20th century. Overall it was fun visiting jantar mantar as a part of our journey to Jaipur. I love that place and want to visit again.

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“Interesting looking contraptions”
Reviewed 5 December 2009

Jantar Mantar is located right next to the City Palace. It cost us Rs.100 each to get in. It is a very interesting looking place, and we certainly didn't actually understand how any of the sun dials or other things worked - but they were still neat to see. If you actually want to know how things work there are guides at the entrance offering their
services (at least there were while we were there). I don't know what their prices would be. We had a nice enough time wandering around on our own and looking at the strange contraptions.

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“ELEPHANTS SYMBOL OF POWER”
Reviewed 4 May 2009

Elephant are everywhere in India.They run around the gold borders of saris, cavots in the fine ikat weaves, parades in stone around temples and dance in wood above doorways. Thet stand in doors in stone or painted plasters or protect palace entrances.They are cast in brass. fashioned into jewellery, moilded in plastics. Ganesh, the elephant-headed gog of learning and good fortune, is a Hindu favourite and adorns doors,paintings, sweet-tins and auto-rickshaws. At festival time, the ex-Maharajas of Jaipurstill rides an elephant richly caparisoned in gold. And visitors can joirney up to the old Jaipur strong holds at Amber by elephant.

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“The Observatory”
Reviewed 23 January 2009

We visited here in December 2005 about the same "time" as in December 2008. The sundial complex is amazing and should not be missed. Our guide explained the accuracy of the sundials and those of us wearing watches were astounded that indeed, they are!!! To see your Zodiac sign as a sundial, the hemispheres in darkness and the angle of the moon and more is a tribute to the scientists before and to the budding scientists today, a place of wonder.

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