The Man Mahal is well preserved. The most striking architectural features are gigantic building with intricately carved latticed windows on the balconies. Solar observatory, standing over Man Mandir Ghat, is not in good condition. The solar observatory is in ruinous condition but the ruins are well preserved. Numerous stone and metal instruments used in the observatory are still in very good preservation, though unused. In contrast to this, the solar observatory in Jaipur is still operational. So, the ram shackled observatory is a definitely a historical monument of the past and worth watching. Probably salaried guards, appointed by Maharaja of Jaipur, occupy the observatory area and dissuade casual visitors from going there. The building Man Mandir, including observatory, is large. A balcony on north –east corner of the building offers probably the most magnificent view of the Ganges. Having such a jutted balcony facing the Ganga is one of the finest things in Varanasi. A visitor must give a try to see the panoramic view of the Ganga in Varanasi from the north-east balcony of Man Mandir Ghat. It has been conjectured that this balcony may have come from some older building and been built into the present one, and this conjecture seems possible.
Another feature of Man Mandir Ghat is an ‘akhara’, in the southern part of the building, led by a flight of steps. ‘Akhara’ is an Indian gymnasium. On the platform there, the enthusiasts or the atheletes routinely go through their exercises and wrestlers in large number practice fighting. Varanasi is known for large number of excellent ‘akharas’ and renowned wrestlers. In India, gymnastics are carried to great proficiency. ‘Akharas’ in India, particularly Varanasi, are a part of culture, tradition and social life.