jantar mantar delhi history

If you love historic places then where else in India is famous than Delhi, the capital of India. Delhi is a versatile place filled with trendy things and also ancient and historic monuments and one of the most famous is the Jantar Mantar Delhi.

This place is usually the top places one would want to visit when they visit Delhi. So, today’s article will give you insight into Jantar-Mantar.

The history, timings, things to do, how to explore this place to the fullest, and the best time to visit this place.

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History of Jantar Mantar Delhi

Jantar Mantar Delhi was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, which is now stated as a heritage site. It is an ancient observatory which was built by the king of Jaipur. It is also known as one of the places with a collection of astronomical data.

According to data it is suggested that the construction of the building was done by 1724 AD. Since it is an astronomical observatory, the main aim was to see the movements of astronomical objects like the sun moon and other planets which could be seen and even the stars.

At this point the observatory is turned into a monument as it is rich with history and also due to the rise of buildings in the metropolitan city the observatory is put to no use at the moment.

Inside the observatory there were about 13 astronomical instruments used at that time to star gaze and get to know more about movements in the astronomical objects.

Jantar Mantar Delhi is usually set as an example for those times in India where math, astronomy, science, and architecture were very much looked into and many had knowledge on it back then.

The Jantar Mantar Delhi has three main instruments which were used often first being the Samrat Yantra which is a huge right triangle second being the Jayaprakash Yantra and third being the Misra Yantra. Scroll down to read Jantar Mantar facts.

Jantar Mantar Facts

  1. Jantar Mantar Facts is that in the early 1700s was the first-ever building built based on astronomy and a building where the sole purpose was to observe the sky and the other celestial objects.
  2. There were more observatories built and Jantar Mantar is one of the five. Observatories were built in Jaipur, Varanasi, Ujjain and Mathura.
  3. The instruments seen in this place are not built by any fancy materials but by bricks, limestone and rubble. These instruments back then were indeed very useful.
  4. These instruments of Jantar-mantar are not enclosed by four walls as such, they are out in the open. These instruments were built out in the open in the hope of a clear and better view of the celestial objects.
  5.   Another Jantar Mantar Facts is that the monuments were dated as 1710 but archaeologists suggest that the monuments were not completed by 1710 but were completed by 1724 AD.

Best time to visit Jantar Mantar Delhi

Delhi has extreme weather as we all know, and hence roaming under the scorching sun or when it is freezing cold is never fun. If you want to go during pleasant weather then Visit this during the months of November to March. It is the best and pleasant time to visit.

How to reach Jantar Mantar Delhi?

This place lies at a very important part of the city Connaught place also called CP. It is a very busy place at all times of the day and since it is a busy place the transportation is very easily available to Connaught Place.

Firstly, one can always opt for metro as Delhi is a well connected place with metro all around. To reach Jantar Mantar one can get down at the stations on being the Rajiv Chowk and other being the Patel chowk.

If you get down at the Rajiv Chowk station then Jantar Mantar will be 2kms away so you can use auto to reach there. If you get down at the Patel Chowk then this place is at a walkable distance.

There are buses available too, the buses go until Jantar Mantar Delhi. The nearest bus stand to Jantar Mantar is the Palika Kendra Bus stand.

You can also opt for private cabs, from your place it could be cheap or expensive at times depending upon the distance and the number of people.

Tips to Travel Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar Delhi is an attractive place to visitors from all over the world, it is very fascinating that during those eras kings and other high esteemed people invested in astronomy and celestial objects and their perspective towards it and how they studied it and more. 

With such high tourist attractions place, one must plan their visit and book their accommodations prior to their visit to hotels and resorts as Delhi is always booked and busy.      

One should always visit Jantar Mantar in the day when the sun is high up so the working cycle of the instruments are easily understandable.

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