Jantar Mantar is a playground of epic proportions: 19 enigmatic structures made of yellow stone and marble are scattered across 4½ acres in the central Indian city of Jaipur. They are perfectly proportioned for youthful exploits. Visiting as children on a school trip, my friends and I clambered up and down the enormous staircases, darting from edifice to edifice and chasing each other between patches of grass under the open skies and baking heat of Rajasthan. The site’s historical, scientific, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Cult Rooms How California’s empty swimming pools changed youth culture. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Cult Rooms The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths rendered gruesome crimes in divine miniatures. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Cult Rooms In the foothills of the Alps, socialism, modernism and manufacturing came together in IVREA, Olivetti's remarkable “company town.” Arts & Culture Issue 41 CULT ROOMS Inside Alexander Calder’s studio, where chaos and kinetic art found a harmonious balance. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Cult Rooms Peter Smisek wallows in the glory of the bathhouse. Arts & Culture Issue 33 Cult Rooms: Black Mountain College Black Mountain College was an incubator for visionary designers, but the campus itself was a hodgepodge of styles—and a health and safety nightmare.