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Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Sansad Marg
New Delhi
India's insider take:

Jantar Mantar (meaning "instruments for mathematical calculation") is an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur back in 1724. Today Jai Singh's surreal, terra-cotta-colored structures sit in a quiet park surrounded by a few high-rise buildings and read like a cross between a skate park and a Giorgio de Chirico painting. It's a prime spot for some peace and quiet, as well as the challenge of trying to figure out exactly how those instruments work.—Vanessa Able

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