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Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial in the World

At Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, you’ll find the world’s largest sundial stone. This place a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an ancient collection of 19 astronomical structures built in the open field. Including in these 19 objects are the zodiac signs – better find yours.

At first, you might not be impressed as they look like boring concrete in different shapes. But it makes a difference when you have a handy guidebook and the descriptions in each structure are well-written. So, read every written descriptions to appreciate each objects in front of you.

At Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, you’ll find the world’s largest stone sundial.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Each structure has its own function for astronomical purposes.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

What’s their purpose? They’re used to measure the distances and observe the positions of celestial objects we see in the sky.

 

Jantar Mantar - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

This observatory is the most comprehensive and best preserved in the country.

Jantar Mantar - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Its contribution to science is helpful in understanding celestial bodies beyond our Earth.

Jantar Mantar - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

This is Samrat Yantra which can measure time with an accuracy of two seconds.

Samrat Yantra inside Jantar Mantar - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Samrat Yantra inside Jantar Mantar – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

This instrument is so ginormous that it’s called as the “Supreme Instrument.” Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed to climb the stairs.

Samrat Yantra inside Jantar Mantar - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Samrat Yantra inside Jantar Mantar – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

If you have an interest in both science and history, Jantar Mantar is your place to go in Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Travel Tip: 
Once you exit the City Palace, walk across the street and you’ll find the Jantar Mantar ticket booth. If unsure, ask the guard on duty.

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