Amidst the confines of the Nahargarh Fort at the foothills of the Aravallis lies the Jaipur wax museum. It has been crafted to hold the statues of history, cinema, royal family members, world leaders, literature, art and sports celebrities under one roof in life like wax silicon sculptures. Mr. Anoop Srivastava, who was an entertainment professional in Bollywood was the master mind behind this master work.
Entertainment seven has long nursed a dream that the culturally rich city of Jaipur should also have state-of-the-art wax museum like ‘Madame Tussauds’. By showcasing the first ever wax statue of Amitabh Bachhan in the pink city film festival, the company laid the foundation in the year 2006. The wax statue was sculptured by a talented Indian craftsman Sushanta Ray. After a decade of sincere effort, the company’s dream came true at such a heritage location.
A symbol of Rajput pride & dignity, the regally historic Nahargarh fort is famous especially for its alluring view of the entire city. It is also pictured in many famous Bollywood movies like Rang de Basanti, Shudh desi romance and Jodha Akbar.
The museum will feature wax sculptures honouring its vision of bringing people closer to their favourite personalities from across the world. Jaipur wax museum prides itself in adding another feather to the cap of Jaipur tourism. The museum will aim to walk with the ages and immortalise important personalities across the world. Installing new statues in the years to come, undoubtedly the museum will soap and sport the spirit of Rajasthan tourism board’s catch phrase ‘ Jaane kya dikh jaaye’.
Inside the museum
The Jaipur wax museum has segregated the statues based on the theme and displayed them in Shaastraagaar and Vishraamghar sections in the Nahargadh Fort. The museum tour begins at the ‘Hall of icons’ where they can get a selfie with their beloved iconic personalities. Each exhibit is designed intricately. There is a special section for kids in the hall of icons where they can meet their favourite characters like Spider-Man, Doraemon, Nobita, Ironman.
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Aptly named ‘The Royal Darbar’, it displays wax statues of the Rajasthan’s royal lineage of Maharajas and Maharanis in traditional costumes. Here, you can immerse yourself completely in the rich and varied heritage of the royal era. The area has been innovatively turned into a gallery where you can enjoy a majestic walk through the past and can experience the glorious yesteryear of India’s biggest and richest heritage in its purest form. The ground floor of Vishraamghar in the Nahargarh fort has been re-designed to resemble a royal charming courtroom from the 18th century.
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The grandest and the most exquisite exhibit of Jaipur wax museum is installed at the top floor of the Vishraamghar. A unique section which was previously the Warriors’ Rest House (Vishramghar) has been uniquely crafted into a Sheesh Mahal. This area has been redesigned into a magnificent mirror work splendour- The Sheesh mahal. 2.5 million glass pieces create a spectacular optical illusion created by 100’s of skilled craftsmen. With real gold & gem art work and stunning crystal chandeliers, ‘Palace of mirrors’ is a sight to behold. The intricate floral patterns that have been embellished by skilled craftsman are formed with fine and even pieces of ‘Thikri’ glass.
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Museum timings- Daily 10:00 A.M to 6:30 P.M
Entry charges- Wax museum- Rs 350/-
Combo- Rs 500/-
(Wax museum + Sheesh Mahal)
Quick tip- Photography is not allowed except by their own staff & equipment. He will click pics of you & you will be charged on the basis of number of pics clicked. It will be saved on your mobile handset when you exit the museum.
So, in case you weren’t aware of the museum inside the centuries old fort, be sure to make another visit to the fort next time you are in Jaipur, and collect insta moments with your favorite celebrities!