is one of the five ancient astronomical observatories in western and Northern India, offers amateurs and professionals ample opportunities to flex their photographic muscles. India is a nation that holds a special appeal to me as a professionals travel photographer. For anyone willing to get out and look around, the country has immense quantities of photogenic subject matter. Delhi alone, with its rich history and contemporary vibrancy, is a destination that can keep me busy with camera for months at a stretch. And one of my favorite places to spend time photographing is at the Jantar Mantar.
The Jantar Mantar is, of course, a historic site that provides a home to 13 instruments constructed nearly 200 years ago for making accurate astronomical observations and taking measurements. Maharaja Jai Singh II of jaipur was tasked by the Mughal emperor, Muhammad Shah, with revising the calendar and providing improved and reliable astronomical tables. In order to achieve those goals, Jai Singh built five of these eye-catching sites, the others being in Jaipur, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi. The construction of this one, what is today New Delhi, started in 1724 and impresses as much as due to its essentially timeless look. Jantar Mantar, it is a sheer scale-at 27 ft in diameter-as much as its attractive yet complex from that makes such a profound impression.
JANTAR MANTAR, A SITE FOR ALL SEASONS
From the photographer’s perspective the colours work well together and help provide the images with a punch, especially in the warm light of early morning. The interplay of light and shadows on the Jantar Mantar’s instruments is one of the factors that makes this such a fascinating location to visit best advice to carry on camera. Long ago, astronomers would have observed the fall of the shadows and taken reading and measurement as their lengths changed while the sun swept from east to west during the course of a day. This is the one really enjoyable place for the visitors.
A HEAVENLY REFUGE
Walking slowly around the Jantar Mantar site, seeking out vantage points and interesting angels from which even make a photograph also struck by the realization that this is a pleasant destination to escape buzz and busyness of the urban life. The quiet park, from which the red instruments jut up into the capital’s sky, is a lush green, and palms sway gently in the breeze. The sky is a hazy blue. From which a photographer’s perspective the colors work well together and help provide the images with a punch that visitors really like, especially in the warm light of the early morning. While look on at the rich red of the Samrat Yantra, which rises more than 20m, like a giant staircase, to form the gnomon from whose shadows solar time could be recorded by astronomers and wait for the exercising man to pass, then record the scene.
The astronomers who worked here needed access to the instruments and the step built for that purpose mean thatIt’s easy for visitors to clamber about and explore. For anyone with camera, this is great news. The steps allows to climb and look down at the site from a number of high angles. Looking on at the red and white facing of the Jai Prakash, Visitors can see how the shadows fall and realise how the steps can be worked into a series of beautiful abstract compositions. The Samrat Yantra too offers opportunities for though one of the arches of this ‘supreme instrument’, this picture representing the opportunity to show a curving staircase and capture a telling architectural detail in a powerful image. That famous phrase ‘less is more’ really can be true when its appears in the photography image.
As day turns to night, time to leave the Jantar Mantar, as the site closes at dusk. When Jai Singh ll’s astronomers were working here, they would also have taken reading and made observation at night. Who knows what fresh photographic opportunities tomorrow will bring?
Jet Airways, Air India, Air France, KLM Airlines, Spicejet and Go Air are has daily flights to Delhi from all major cities in India.
Being the capital of country and major tourist destination, Delhi has accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. Le meridian, Hotel Singh Empire Dx, Hotel Shelton, The park New Delhi these are some hotel near by the Jantar Mantar. You can also locate list of hotels in New Delhi from the following link.
The Entrance to the Jantar Mantar is located on Parliament Street near Connaught Place in New Delhi. The closet Metro station is Patel Chowk. The site is open daily from sunrise to sunet and cost 5 rupees for Indian visitor or 100 rupees for foreigners. You can learn about the Jantar Mantar and take a virtual reality tour of the site by visiting the website:www.jantarmantar.org