Admittedly, Jaipur is not a leader in wax museums, unlike most cities of the western world; however, after visiting the usual tourist attractions of the city, the wax museum is like a breath of fresh air for tourists. It has some of the finest wax and silicon statues of the great personalities we all adore and respect. Jaipur Wax Museum is the world’s first wax museum which has been set inside a heritage site. So the next time you visit Jaipur or Nahargarh Fort, you know there’s much more to see than just the panoramic view of the city below.
The story of Jaipur Wax Museum
Situated inside the premises of Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur Wax Museum has been created with an idea of giving people of Jaipur and travelers from all around the world something unique to see. This museum is home to brilliant statues of people who hold an important place in the history of cinema, art, literature, sports, and royals.
The beautifully sculpted statues by Susanta Ray are displayed in the ‘Hall of Icons’ and ‘Royal Darbar’ sections of the fort. Each wax statue in Jaipur Wax Museum has been given a background that compliments the history of that legend.
Jaipur wax museum timings: Monday – Sunday 10am to 6pm
Jaipur Wax Museum entry fees: Indian tourists: INR 500/per person (the wax museum + Sheesh Mahal) | Foreign tourists: INR 700/per person for Wax Museum and Sheesh Mahal
Visiting duration: 1 hour
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The different segments of Jaipur Wax Museum
1. Hall of Icons
‘Hall of Icons’ is the most important and interesting part of the wax museum, Jaipur. This segment of the Nahargarh wax museum exhibits wax and silicon statues of famous personalities, including A PJ Abdul Kalam, Kalpana Chawla, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachhan, Sanchin Tendulkar. There are many other statues of personalities from the world of art, literature, cinema, sports etc.
2. Royal Darbar
Depicting the rich and incredible heritage of Rajasthan, ‘The Royal Darbar’ is graced with magnificent paintings and other decorative pieces. This segment of the Jaipur Wax Museum exhibits paintings that are created with pure gold motifs and wax statues of influential rulers of the Rajput dynasty, including Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and Rajmata Gayatri Devi. The lifelike statues of the royal people make ‘The Royal Darbar’ a must-visit.
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3. Sheesh Mahal
If you want to be completely blown away, a visit to Sheesh Mahal, which is the third segment of Jaipur Wax Museum, should be enough! A graceful and splendid mirror work of the palace will leave you at a loss for words. The traditional Thikri mirror work and 2.5 million pieces of glass that create an optical illusion are just breathtaking.
Jaipur Wax Museum is reason enough to pack your bags and board the Double Decker Express to Jaipur this weekend.
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