Jaipur, India, January 24, 2023
I must have needed a break because I didn’t get going until noon and I was back at the hotel/dump by 4 PM.
My first visit was at the Jantar Mantar which is a park with 19 astronomical instruments completed in 1734. The instruments allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It was interesting but I would like to see how it works. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded Jaipur but he was also a scholar in physics, mathematics and astronomy. This is thanks to his ingenious.
The site isn’t that big-
The Unnatamsa measures the altitude of an object in the sky-
The Dakshinodak measures the altitude of the sun as well as the declination (the angular distance of a point north or south of the celestial equator) and length of the day-
The Samrat Yantra finds the time and the hour angle of the stars. It’s a sextant which is an instrument used to determine the angle between the horizon and the sun, moon or a star to determine latitude and longitude-
I started walking home, past the Hawa Mahal street view-
Trying to take a short cut - impossible in India, I ended up in the textile market-
Details for weddings-
The traffic was nuts-
I have to leave the hostel around 5 am to catch a 6 am train to Jodhpur. Moving on!