Take notice Madame Tussaud’s. India has its own version of you – The Jaipur Wax Museum, India’s very first wax museum that is truly international in its standards. The Jaipur Wax Museum houses wax and silicon statues of prominent personalities with substantial contributions in their own fields.
The museum is located in the Heritage Site of Nahargarh Fort, one of the most famous and one of the most visited forts in Jaipur. The museum has quickly become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Jaipur.
The architect and designer of the museum is Susanta Roy, who is a leading wax sculptor of India. The museum was founded by Anoop Srivastava, a veteran in the entertainment industry.
Museum is open from 10 am to 6:30 pm on all days and the entry fee per person is Rs. 500 per person.
8 Reasons to Visit the Jaipur Wax Museum
1. Family Fun
The museum is an interesting place to visit with family and kids. A fun and entertaining novelty visit. There are three main categories of showcases in the museum so it suits varied interests. See life like replicas of famous heritage sites which have been built with utmost care and displays the erstwhile opulence of Rajasthani princely heritage. Currently it has 32 wax sculptors and more are being built.
2. Hall Of Icons
This is a great place to pose and take pictures with famous people’s wax figures. This area exhibits wax statues of famous celebs and personalities from all over the world. Some of the wax models are those of Amitabh Bachchan, Albert Einstein, Michael Jackson, Sachin Tendulkar, Kalpana Chawla, Jackie Chan, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, Deepika Padukone, Mother Teresa and Marilyn Monroe. The exhibits are displayed with charming and creative backdrops and colourful designs.
3. Gati Gamini
The museum displays Gati Gamini, a 10-foot-long bullet right at the entrance, a special treat to admire. It enhances the high of visiting a heritage site like Nahargarh Fort, a fine addition to these historical premises.
4. Robot Guided Tour
In recent news, a humanoid robot is to be introduced to the museum who is expected to give a guided tour to visitors. The robot is programmed to sing songs and have dialogues with the visitors.
5. The Sheesh Mahal
This was previously the Warrior’s Rest House or Vishram Ghar. The Sheesh Mahal gives visitors a glimpse into the Rajputana glory and culture, with handmade paintings, palkhis and exquisite artefacts. The specially treated glass called Thikri gives an optical illusion of individual reflection in each piece. The intricate mirror work itself is worth the visit. There are 2.5 million glass pieces in different colours (yellow, blue, white, red and green). The art and craftsmanship is magical and impressive.
6. The Royal Darbar
The Royal Darbar area is divided into two galleries that display paintings and wax statues of the Rajputana dynasty. The section is purely dedicated to the rich and vibrant history of Rajasthan and its rulers. The paintings here are created with pure gold motifs. It has beautiful models of Maharani Gayatri Devi and Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The experience evokes the feeling of taking a walk down the magnificent history of Rajputana heritage and culture.
7. The One Minute Maharaja Experience
At the museum in the Sheesh Mahal area, you can dress up in Maharaja costume amidst life-like royal settings. These costumes are luxurious and creatively designed. You can get your pictures clicked against majestic backdrops and experience what it feels like to be a Maharaja. This experience adds a special flavour to the entire visit.
8. Wax Museum for Kids
There is a special section for kids where they get to see their favourite comics and cartoon characters statues, including Spiderman, Iron Man, Doraemon, and Nobita. Children will enjoy taking pictures and playing around in this zone.
Best Time To Visit
This visit will almost always be in conjunction with a visit to the Nahargarh Fort since it is located within the fort premises. Jaipur gets too hot and humid during the summer. Hence the best time to visit the Fort/Museum is winter or monsoon. Early spring will also be a good time to visit. The Fort should be visited during the day, it closes after 5.30 pm, however the museum is open till 6:30 pm.
How to reach Jaipur Wax Museum from Jaipur
By Cab or Auto: The Nahargarh fort is 6 kilometers away from the city of Jaipur. From the city centre it will take you approximately 40 to 50 minutes to reach Nahargarh Fort. Cabs and autos are easily available.
Bus Tour: If you are taking a city sightseeing tour in a bus, Nahargarh Fort will be one of the destinations in your itinerary.
Tips when planning a trip to Jaipur Wax Museum
- Visiting the Nahargarh Fort requires a little bit of climbing. So wear sensible shoes and loose cotton or other light fabric.
- Carry bottles of water and energy drinks.
- This is a well-maintained heritage sight, do not litter.
- If you are spending the whole day visiting Nahargarh and nearby Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, visit Nahargarh first.
- There is a winding 2 kilometer pathway to the top of the Fort. So be careful when visiting with kids.
- Book tickets to Jaipur Wax Museum online in advance to get discounts.
Overall, there will be many exciting takeaways and experiences on your trip to Jaipur Wax Museum. Take many selfies with your favourite icon’s wax statue. Do check out all displays to get the best out of your visit. If you have any questions, do use the comment box.