Wax Museum at Lonavala

by Puru


Jul 16, 2012

It was a botched up attempt to visit Lonavala which took us on a bike ride of 75 kms. This was the first rainy weekend of the season and the ride took us through a beautiful highway lush with greenery. However, Lonavala was a big disappointment. The small town was packed with more traffic than perhaps Pune and there were miles long traffic jams. Traffic jams in themselves are an annoyance, and when coupled with the most unruly crowd I have ever seen, they become nightmare. People were openly drunk, howling and creating nuisance and there was utter chaos everywhere due to the mobs of irresponsible youngsters. By late afternoon we were so fed up with the place and its people that we decided to come back.

So the only interesting place which I properly saw near Lonavala was a Wax Museum at Lonavala. Located on the old Mumbai- Pune Highway just before the Lonawala town, it cheekily asks you what is the need to go to London’s Madame Tussauds when you have everything here. The entry ticket is Rs 100/- and the place is quite good. We saw some remarkable statues of Anna Hazare, Shivaji, Kapil Dev, Saddam Hussain etc and some not so remarkable ones like Angelina Jolie and Benazir Bhutto. However, in all it is a good effort and was the only thing we actually enjoyably in this trip.

Some photographs which we took there:

Wax Museum at Lonavala 1

Museum from the outside

Wax Museum at Lonavala 2

Ekta Posing with Shivaji Maharaj

Wax Museum at Lonavala 3

Hitler doesn’t look very happy

Wax Museum at Lonavala 4

Saddam too finds a place here

Wax Museum at Lonavala 5

Anna Hazare was the best of the lot, looked very life like

Wax Museum at Lonavala 6

Some more images from this place

It was not surprising that this place was an instant hit with people of all ages, especially children. People were actually waiting in queues to get photographed along with Michael Jackson and other big names. I am not going to visit London any time soon, so it was a good trailer. So, if you haven’t been to this Wax Museum yet, I suggest you pay a visit.

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Puru is an IT Project Manager from Pune, India and an avid blogger. He is passionate about travel, photography, cinema and books. He blogs on Shadows Galore, Art House Cinema, The Mutinous Indian and Antarnaad.

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  1. Swarnali Das

    I never knew this place existed!! Thanks for the info. Those are some great pictures and Anna’s statue does look so real!!

    • Puru

      Even I did not know. Just saw the board and took a turn.. I wasn’t disappointed. It also save me from the pouring rains

  2. Ruchi

    Like someone hear says, I too never knew this place existed. Sad the tourism isn’t tom-toming about it!

    • Puru

      I guess it is relatively new thats why not many people know about it. But the place was pretty crowded though

  3. Abhinav

    Originality of the wax statues is really amazing!

    • Puru

      Thanks Abhinav 🙂

  4. alka narula

    lovely clicks , thanx fr sharing

    • Puru

      Thanks Alka 🙂

  5. Saru

    I wish I could go there as the ticket is very reasonable and you get to see more of Indian personalities.

    • Puru

      Its a small one though, you may try when you are around the next time 🙂

  6. d.Nambiar

    How old is the wax museum, Puru? I know … why go see a Tussauds’ now ;).
    I hear that Mumbai is going to have a Walk of Fame, soon.

    • Puru

      Doesnt seem to be very old and it looks as if there are still under construction. But it was nice little place 🙂

  7. Sudha Ganapathi

    I could relate to the description of crowds at Lonavla–having lived in Lonavla for 5 years, and that too as a teenager, crowds and tourists were hated species. Looks like they haven’t changed much over the years. I had heard about the wax museum, but this is the first time I am reading a write-up on it. And it is a good one too 🙂

    • Puru

      Seriously, I do not like crowds and absolutely hate the unruly ones. For the people who were in Lonavala on that day, they need to learn a little civility.

  8. Nisha

    Never knew there is one in Lonavala! Only wax museum I have been to is the Paris one and it was fab. I am also keen to know how old it is since the statues look fresh ! 🙂
    On my next visit to Lonavala, I’ll visit for sure. Thanks for sharing it, Puru.

    • Puru

      Thanks Nisha. Although this may be not stand upto the one in Paris, still as a start, its a good one. 🙂

  9. Arti

    I have been to Lonavala a couple of times but never knew this museum existed! Looks beautiful. Will surely be there, the next I land in Lonavala. Many thanks for sharing it Puru 🙂

    • Puru

      Belated Thanks Arti 🙂

  10. Swati Saundatti

    Is this recently constructed? I dont remember hearing anything like this 10 years back.

    • Puru

      Yup this is a new one. Visit the place sometimes.


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