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Friday 17 September 2021

Most peculiar mama: a colourful wax museum inside a historic fort

When you think of wax museums you probably think of the famous Madame Tussauds in London and other major international cities.

Less likely to come to mind - but found in a far more dramatic location - is the Jaipur Wax Museum in Rajasthan, India, situated in the spectacular 300-year-old Nahargarh Fort on the edge of the wild Aravalli hills. 

The museum has segregated its galleries based on different themes including the Hall of Icons, which showcases iconic personalities from fields including history, cinema, sports, literature, art and culture.

Many of them will be unknown to visitors, but they include such world figures as Mahatma Gandhi, Sachin Tendulkar, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. 

Also look for the likes of Lionel Messi (updated from Barcelona to PSG gear, I wonder?), Jacky Chan and Marilyn Monroe.  

Next door, the Royal Darbar is decorated with paintings that depict the heritage of Rajasthan. 
Also part of the complex is the Sheesh Mahal, a glass museum that displays approximately 2.5 million glass pieces to create optical illusions.

Established in 2016, the Jaipur Wax Museum is open seven days a week. It was the first wax museum in the world to be opened at a heritage site. 

Many of the figures have been crafted by India’s leading wax sculptor, Susanta Ray. Also on display is the Gati Gamini, a 10-foot long Royal Enfield Bullet, the signature Rajasthan Tourism motorbike.

Visitors should note no photos are allowed and photography is allowed only through paid professional photographers provided by the museum. A nice little earner. 

Air Asia X has regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jaipur, Rajasthan. See

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