Jaipur, the Cosmic City in the north of India, has inspired generations of scientists, artists and designers to understand and relate to the world.
The Cosmic City and its instruments.
"The Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments you can walk in and around."
Jaipur is designed on a nine-square grid connecting with the cosmos. Not only can you visit astrologers and have your palm read, but you can explore celestial systems through physical instruments in the Jantar Mantar.
Commissioned by the King of Jaipur and completed in 1734, the Jantar Mantar, is a collection, an outside museum, of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments you can walk in, around and touch, to better understand your context in the world and beyond. Find your zodiac instrument, or observe numerous sundials, where the sun tells time on large and small scales to striking degrees of accuracy. The name Jantar Mantar comes from the Sanskrit language with the two words together meaning ‘calculating instrument’.
Included on the site is the largest sundial on the planet, Vrihat Samrat Yantra, which measures time in intervals of 2 seconds. Structures are made of local stone and marble, expertly carved and marked to be read on a scientific and metaphysical level.
Other structures in the group are used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking the location of major stars as the earth orbits around the sun and ascertaining the declinations of planets
Don’t miss this astounding wonder.
This Unesco World Heritage site is not to be missed. Used as a way to understand the universe for hundreds of years, the Jantar Mantar has been an exceptional journey point for world travelers from the fields of fashion, art and science throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, an incredibly inspiring site within our guided program.
It’s one of the many places we take our participants to as part of our stay in the Pink City of Jaipur. Famed for its beauty, the inner city, the Char Diwari, still retains some of its pink walls, painted as a symbolic gesture of hospitality in advance of a royal visit in the 1800s.