After taking a look at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), the luxury tour includes sightseeing at one of the greatest solar observatories in the country – Jantar Mantar. It was built by Maharajah Jai Singh to gauge the observations of the solar movements like altitudes, sun’s movements, etc. It is not only the largest in the country but also in the continent of Asia and the world. Although built in traditional and ancient style in the early seventeenth century, the results from this great observatory is equal to the latest modern tools and technologies that gauge astronomy in the present world.
Jantar Mantar Overview
It was originally called ‘Yantra Mantra’ it was built for calculations with fourteen instruments in various geometrical measures. It is said that the largest solar observatory can tell before an eclipse, measures the height of various celestial structures, and is also for calculating local timing. Out of these fourteen instruments, the most famous of them all are the Ram Yantra, Samrat Yantra, Jaiprakash Yantra, and Composite Instrument. There is another famous instrument that attracts several tourists from all over the world – the ‘Sundial’.
It is believed that the accuracy of this great sun instrument can tell the local time with variations of only a few seconds. Other functions are measuring of the altitude, azimuth, and declination of the sun. The equally attractive tool in the Jantar Mantar is the Samrat Yantra wherein the position of the shadow of the cupola is to know about the monsoons, the prediction of an eclipse, etc. The ancestors of the Medieval age used these tools for the astronomy by astronomers of those times.
Jantar Mantar with Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels is one of the finest luxury trains in the world that added another star to its achievements by winning the PATWA award at the Berlin Event. The luxury train won the ‘Tourist Train of the Year’ Award and has been nominated for several awards in the past. On this week – long sojourn into the state with several palaces & monuments, guests get to see the famous solar observatory – the Jantar Mantar in leisure. The cabins of the Palace on Wheels are fully air – conditioned and offer several facilities like safety lock, mineral water, en-suite washrooms with running water, and a large window to give guests a panoramic view of the outside.
Other facilities of the Palace on Wheels India include two lavish restaurants – Maharajah & Maharani, Bar & Lounge to snack whenever tired or read a book while sipping on your favorite drink. There is a ‘Khidmatgar’, an attendant in traditional attire for each passenger carriage of the Palace on Wheels. Guests can sketch their experiences comfortably on the writing desk provided for them. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi Internet, watching satellite channels on LCD or listening to channel music while traveling on the train. This is the best luxury tour for individuals, friends, or families and there are different occupancies to select from.
The luxury train keeps undergoing changes to interiors and other facilities to provide guests with the latest amenities & be with on top with other luxury trains in the world. The Palace on Wheels always serves guests with complete facilities while guests travel to world – renowned destinations in comfort and luxury.