About Madame Tussauds
Credits: Luke Rauscher
Meet your favorite icons from the silver screen, sports, entertainment, and history in their striking wax figure avatars at Madame Tussauds, Delhi. The world famous Madame Tussauds museum in the capital city has immortalized many of the famous personalities held close to heart by the Indian audience, all under one roof, starting from yesteryear’s hollywood sensation Marilyn Monroe to the contemporary youth icon and captain of Indian cricket team- Virat Kohli.
Housed inside the prominent Regal Building in Connaught Place, the museum is easy to access for those visiting Delhi for a brief period. Delhi’s Madame Tussauds was opened by the European company- Merlin Entertainment Pvt Ltd. in December 2017, initially housing wax figure lookalikes of fifty famous personalities, and the collection has grown since then.
Some of the most talked about displays inside the wax museum are the vintage B&W statue of Raj Kapoor- the grand old actor celebrated as “the greatest showman of Hindi cinema”, Marilyn Monroe in her blonde bombshell looks and an identical golden Marilyn Monroe-wig for fans to pose with, Lady Gaga in a typically quirky avatar, much admired sports personalities like Kapil Dev and Leonel Messi, Anil Kapoor in an identifiable scene from the oscar winning “Slumdog Millionaire”, and timeless Bollywood heartthrobs Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, and Big B- Amitabh Bachhan.
How to Reach Madame Tussauds
By Metro: Delhi airport metro is the fastest and the most cost-efficient way to reach the Tussauds museum from Delhi Airport. Board an Airport Express train from IGI Airport (connected to airport terminals 3 and 4) to New Delhi station. From New Delhi station, change for Rajiv Chowk on the yellow line of Delhi Metro.
From Rajiv Chowk metro station: the museum is at 5 mins walking distance away.
By Cab: For a more comfortable journey, book a cab from the airport to Regal Building, Connaught Place. Call-a-cab services like Ola and Uber are functional in the city 24x7.
Best Time to Visit Madame Tussauds
The capital city is notorious for extreme heat during the summers and bitter chills during the winters, however the best months to visit the city housing India’s only Madame Tussauds will be
October to November- The temperature oscillates between 20 to 25 degrees, and the days remain sunny and clear.
February to March- You will experience a mild and salubrious winter during this period, with temperatures varying between 15-20 degrees.
All year visits, between 10 am to 6 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 10 am to 7:30 pm are welcome.
Reserve a couple of hours at the maximum, conveniently during the first hours after the place opens, so you can also catch a memorable luncheon at one of the cool restaurants at Connaught Place right after completing your museum tour.
What Not to Miss at Madame Tussauds
Places to Visit Near Madame Tussauds
1. Indian Arts Palace- A quaint curio shop, located at a 3 mins walk away from the Tussauds museum, will give you a deep glimpse into cultural heritage of this ancient city. The firm was established in the mid 1800s, and a lot of antiquated items from those ages could still be found among the store’s collections.
Even if you don’t have the mind to buy anything from here, do visit to surf through the antique gold and silver jewellery, vintage paintings, lithographs, old photographs, and various other objects. This store is open from 11 am to 7:30 pm.
2. Parliament House- At about 7 mins driving distance away from the museum, this impressive New Delhi landmark is not to be missed when you are in the vicinity. Tourists have to be satisfied with a quick drive past the building or a snap or two taken from a distance, since high security usually barricades the building from public entrance.
However, you may obtain a general entry pass on the days the lower house of the Parliament is not in session.
3. People Tree- Tiny hole-in-the-wall joint for art lovers, this handicrafts place in New Delhi sells glitzy and funky indian themes tee shirts, tote bags and purses, trinkets, and Indian-god imprinted cushions. Lovely place to shop for upping your indo-ethnic style quotient when in Delhi! It’s a 7 minute walk from Madame Tussauds.
4. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib- About 25 minutes drive away from the museum, this temple of the Sikhs is a must-visit site in Central Delhi. The architecture is remarkably ornate but you will not be allowed to take photographs inside the complex. The communal kitchen provides delicious free meals during lunch, which is a pleasure to have.
5. Swaminarayan Akshardham- Located 4.5 km away from the Tussauds museum, this temple is entirely carved out of marble displays exemplary architecture. There are boat rides in the waterways inside the temple complex, and has a light and sound show in the evenings.
You can schedule a trip to Akshardham in the afternoon after completing the tour of the Tussauds museum.
Things to Do at Madame Tussauds
1. Get fun themed pictures taken with the wax replica of your favorite stars from cine, sports, history, and entertainment world.
2. Appreciate the fabulous handiwork of the Tussauds sculptors.
3. Read the information cards to gather more information about the sculptures, or knock at the interactive stations built in every section of the museum to know more.
4. Get custom-made hand sculptures for your personal collection.
5. Explore the souvenir section to bring home interesting wax model collectives of the featured stars.
Other Essential Information About Madame Tussauds
Location- The museum is housed inside the prominent Regal Building at 44, Connaught Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi- 110001.
The nearest subway station to the museum is Rajiv Chowk metro station. From Rajiv chowk, the building is located 1.1 km away- a distance that takes 5 mins to reach by walking.
Timings- The museum is open to visitors from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday. The place remains open for longer on Saturdays and Sundays, and also on public holidays, from 10 am to 7:30 pm.
Price- The ticket pass price for adults is Rs. 960 and for children (3-11 years), the price is- Rs. 760.
Madame Tussauds Attraction Pass Types
Buying Madame Tussauds tickets online can give you a variety of pass types to opt from. The different categories of passes are-- VIP tickets, group admission at concessed rates, and limited exclusive offers on general tickets.
VIP tickets include priority access, allowing purchasers to “jump the que”. Also, there’s a free guidebook for VIP visitors to surf through while touring the museum, it lets you stay ahead of the crowd and have more information too! You cannot combine a VIP pass with any other discount vouchers, unless mentioned so explicitly.
Availing of Group Admission tickets requires at least 15 people, including adults and children. Concessed rates with big savings, up to Rs 384 per person is guaranteed on this pass. The tickets can’t be combined with other offers, and online tickets are non-refundable for this product.
Limited Exclusive Online Admission tickets have varying prices for different seasons. You can save upto Rs. 336 on these tickets on booking in advance from designated websites.
About Bollywood Wax Collection
Love for all things Bollywood is a defining trait of Indians, and this love knows no bounds. The Bollywood personalities we admire become the inspiration of our lives, the famous quotes from their films a part of our everyday vocabulary, and we are ever eager to experience the butterflies-in-the-stomach moment when standing next to a star we so love.
At Tussauds, Delhi, you can have the time of your life, standing up close and personal with Bollywood celebrities in their life-like wax avatar, having the perfect fan-girl/ fan-boy moment!
Here are some of the people you can hope to meet at Tussauds, Delhi:
1.Amitabh Bachhan: Big B Amitabh stands with his usual panache, looking dignified and staring right at you! You can totally stand by his side, putting an arm around his shoulders like a friend to take a picture!
2. Anil Kapoor: An identifiable moment from the oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire is recreated with Anil Kapoor in the sets of the famous TV game show- ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.
3. Sunny Leone: She is one of the most-coveted divas in show business today, with multiple Bollywood films to her credit and a former career in the adult film industry. The wax model does justice to Sunny’s oozing sex appeal, see for yourself!
4. Madhubala- 60’s icon Madhubala comes alive in her ‘Anarkali’ avatar from the cult classic ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in this wax model.
Not only are actors from the Bollywood tinseltown immortalized in the halls of fame at Tussauds, Delhi, but also India’s favorite film music singing sensations like Lata Mageskar, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, and others are here too.
Tips for Visiting Madame Tussauds
1. It’s most convenient to buy tickets for Madame Tussauds online, either from their official website, or from BookMyShow. There are numerous cashback offers and discounted ticket pricing around the year from these forums that you can easily grab with a little prior planning.
2. Try visiting during the 10 am to 12 am to avoid the crowds on weekdays, and also try to avoid weekends and public holidays to enjoy at your ease, without having to stand in a queue to click pictures with your favorite stars!
3. Look out for the interactive stations- kiosks where you can place your queries to get more details about specific sculptures and the themes they represent. It is highly recommended for children and young adults in your party to go and look up information at these kiosks.
4. Visitors are welcome to take photos, so carry the best high-tech camera you own to take home a bunch of memories with your dream personalities.
5. You are going to find the museum staff most helpful in assisting photography by the visitors. Ask them without hesitation to fix the lightings to your convenience or click a group photo for you.
6. Check out the special section for custom-made hand sculptures for your individual collection.
7. Visitors can experiment with photo-ops with the stars with props like standing with Marilyn Monroe with a wig matching her hair!
8. Read the plaques full of factoids in the historicals section-- interesting stories about the 16th century stepwell Rajon ki Baoli, about the life of the sufi poet Jamali , and more from the pages of the eras that have passed.
9. If you have a specially abled member in your company, inquire for specially allocated elevators built on all floors.
10. Do visit the souvenir section to take home tangible memories from this awesome museum visit in the capital.