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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jai Singh's amazing stone astronomical observatory built in the early 18th Century and a perfect blue sky.

Jantar Mantar sky and slab

Jantar Mantar 4

Jantar Mantar 1

Jantar Mantar 2

Jantar Mantar with birds 2

BBC Radio 4 did an excellent programme on this place if you want to find out more about it. In Our Time, Jantar Mantar.


Katrina said...

I had never heard of this, but it looks incredible. Hopefully I'll get a chance to listen to that radio show some time this weekend. Bit of a bugger that they don't have it available as a podcast!

Hiro said...

Interesting geometric shapes!
Now I feel like I realize why Indian people are good at maths.

Talking about Jaipur, I vividly remember the photo of Hawa Mahal (translated as Place of Winds) facade in a Junior High school's history textbook.
It was so rare shape and color for my childhood experience. Later I found it had been located in front of ordinary busy street.

amasc aka Anne said...

I was also surprised to find it on the sidewalk of a busy street but then I learned that this was a deliberate part of the planning of the city. It was built that way so that the ladies of the court could watch bypassing parades and everyday sights. The street is in the same place it just has more modern traffic and uses now.

Rajasthan tour said...

It is great destination in Jaipur.