Jantar Mantar Varanasi

A perfect epitome of science and astronomy, Jantar Mantar is an observatory which was used in earlier times to measure local time, altitude, declination of sun, planets and stars, and eclipses. This historical attraction in Varanasi was established by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the year 1737. He built five such observatories; the rest are in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain and Mathura. The Jantar Mantar in Varanasi is located on the rooftop of Man Mahal. While on a sightseeing tour of this renowned tourist site in Varanasi, you can expect to see various instruments that were used for different calculations. Disha Yantra, Digansha Yantra, Dhruva Yantra, Prakash Yantra, Ram Yantra, Krantivritta Yantra, and Samrat Yantra are popular instruments in this observatory. The unique and fascinating architecture makes Jantar Mantar one of the top places of tourist interest in Varanasi for people of all ages, especially kids.


In the history of Jantar Mantar, Maharaja Jai Singh II was also touted as an astronomer and a great admirer of science and astronomy. In the 18th century, few scholars were sent to different countries by Jai Singh. The purpose of sending these scholars was to study the construction, technology and design of the observatories. On their return, Jai Singh laid the foundation of five observatories in different regions - Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Varanasi and Ujjain.

Location Address

Near Dasashwamedha Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India

Opening & Closing Timings

For tourists, Jantar Mantar Observatory remains open all days, i.e, from Sunday to Saturday. One can visit the place on any day from 6 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Entry Fee

15 For Indians

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Along with the observatory, travellers can also explore other tourist attractions of Varanasi that are located in the near proximity to Jantar Mantar.

  • Panchganga Ghat
  • Nepali Temple
  • Scindia Ghat
  • Yoga Training Centre
  • Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Ganesh Mandir Ghat
  • Beni Mahadev Temple
  • Alamgir Mosque
  • Banaras Toy Museum
  • Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Hindu Kala Bhavan

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