Jantar Mantar

sights / Historic

Jantar Mantar information

Location
Delhi , India
Address
Sansad Marg
Getting there
Metro: Patel Chowk
Prices
Indian/foreigner ₹5/100, video ₹25
Opening hours
9am-dusk
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The most eccentric of Delhi’s historic sites, Jantar Mantar (equivalent to ‘abracadabra’ in Hindi) looks like an enormous abstract sculpture, but this odd collection of curving geometric buildings has a purpose – the monuments are carefully calibrated to monitor the movement of the stars and planets. Maharaja Jai Singh II constructed the observatory in 1725 – it's an extremely popular place to pose for a portrait.