Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Summer: March-June (25°C - 47°C)
Winter: December-February (1°C - 25°C)
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Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 07:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: N/A
Entry Fees for Indians
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Out of the five popular astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the very first one came into existence in 1724. Known as Jantar Mantar, it is among the most sought-after tourist sites of New Delhi. Home to 13 astounding geometrical instruments made of brick rubble, it has been the place for astronomical observations for decades. Though, the coming up of tall building around it has taken the toll of instruments’ accuracy, it still holds magnificence as a must-visit hotspot.
Samrat Yantra, a sundial in the form of a giant triangle is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of the place. Jayaprakash Yantra is useful in studying the positions of the stars while Misra Yantra records year’s shortest and longest days and precise noon moments in various cities of the world. Niyati Chakra, Ram Yantra and many other instruments exemplify the fabulous blend of science and architecture.
The observatory is located at Connaught Place, just about 2 km. from the Sansad Bhavan building. Sansad Road, one of the most popular roads of the National Capital, can be taken to approach the place. Local buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are all convenient modes to reach the place.
New Delhi Railway Station is only about 2 km. from the observatory. When travelling by metro, you can get down at Patel Chowk Station (less than 1 km.), Shivaji Stadium (about 1.5 km.) or Rajiv Chowk (about 2.5 km.). Cycle-rickshaws are the most convenient modes from each of these points.
Get down at Delhi International Airport from where the observatory is only about 14 km. away. Local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws from the airport can drop you at the monument.