Skywatch Friday #14

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to Skywatch Friday! Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite shots from one of my more recent trips to the Pink City. This one was taken at Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the old city area, quote close to that iconic structure Hawa Mahal, that identifies Jaipur to the outside world. The place is mainly a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments that were once used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons.

Today, as a popular tourist attraction, Jantar Mantar draws crowds in large numbers everyday. On a crisp, bright December morning, we found ourselves standing by this giant Equatorial Sundial, popularly referred to as the ‘Samrat Yantra’, which stands 27 metres tall. Its’ shadow moves visibly at 1 mm per second, or roughly a hand’s breadth (6 cm) every minute, which can be a profound experience to watch.

Interestingly, a trail of smoke from a passing jet gave me the idea to compose the shot in a way that I could capture both, the dome and the sky beyond!


What do you think of this image? Perhaps you could suggest an apt title.

Linking this post with Skywatch Friday, where you get to see some of the most gorgeous skies from all over the world.


  • arv!


    lovely composition Esha!

  • Parul Thakur


    Absolutely stunning and I guess I have seen this on your nature challenge. Not sure though. Love the angle, the clean shot and the your photography.

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Thanks Parul. You’re right about this one being on the nature challenge. Couldn’t help sharing this on Skywatch as it was handy

      • Parul Thakur

        You did the right thing. I am always confused if I should share the same photo over IG, FB, Blog or Twitter but the fact is we should. It’s our art and there will always be people who haven’t seen 🙂

  • Ami Bhat


    Beautiful capture. I loved my tour of Jantar Mantar a few months back…so much that I actually recorded it as a virtual visit on my blog. Take a peek when you have time. For now – my caption – the road to infinity 😀

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Lovely caption, Ami…I’m eager to catch your post…sounds like a really interesting one. I too loved the place a lot as much as my 11 year-old did! Will check out your post as soon as am back from my short vacation.

  • Mahati Ramya


    My caption – Soaring great heights
    By the way, wonderful capture.

  • Peter B


    “Stairway to the Sky”! Beautiful shot, and nicely composed.

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Wow, I like that caption, Peter! Thanks for your appreciation 🙂

  • ewok1993


    Beautiful sky. This post is a welcome reminder of my visit there.

    Worth a Thousand Words

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Thank you so much! Glad to know you’ve been there 🙂

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