Jantar Mantar observatory, Jaipur

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How about this? A 27-metre high sundial, accurate to within a minute. Not impressed? Wait, there's more.

Jantar Mantar is one of the five observatories in India that were built in the 18th century. The Jaipur one, the largest, and with the most instruments, was built in 1728 to chart movements of the sun, moon and the known planets at the time, and to calculate eclipses.

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This place could be mistaken for some surreal sculpture park, but look closer and you will find that each structure is actually a very specialized scientific instrument. It's just a very big stone one.

Like the huge sun dial, accurate to 20 seconds that has stairs in one tower so you can climb to the top for a better view of the park and the shadow falling on the exact time.

All this was the work of medieval astronomer Sawai Jai Singh, who was able to correct errors in the planetary tables of the day.

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If that's all a bit deep, just stand in awe that huge instruments built almost 300 years ago, without computers and using masonry tools, can be so accurate today. Jantar Mantar Astronomy Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Fascinating? Read more...

 

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0 #2 Agreesally H 2012-12-12 23:53
It is absolutely accurate too. Amazing place.
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0 #1 some great photos!hotels in rajasthan 2012-11-21 03:05
great photos here. been to rajasthan many times yet had not stumbled upon this place. definitely going there next time.
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