Jaipur Observatory

Next door to the City Palace is the Jaipur Observatory, built between 1728 and 1734. Its Hindu name is the Jantar Mantar and it contains a series of monumental instruments for “….measuring the harmony of the heavens.” The scale of this place is astonishing, with each instrument serving a particular function and still delivering accurate readings after nearly three hundred years:

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

11 Responses to “Jaipur Observatory”

      • Mjollnir MacAlba

        Ha ha! Giant sundial (but I can’t understand them either).

    • Mark Simms

      Neither did I. I did a certain amount of research before we went to India….but I confess that this came as a surprise 😊

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

        It’s wonderful to see that the buildings have been looked after! Such an elegant structure compared to our modern observatories. I loved seeing the familiar bowl shaped dishes in the structures! Fascinated to know more about how they worked their instruments of the time.

  1. dyule2014

    You have a wonderful collection of new photography this week very impressive very different wonderful to see


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