Madame Tussauds marks India debut with an opening in New Delhi
New Delhi gets another major tourist attraction with Merlin Entertainments opening the 23rd Madame Tussauds at the famous Regal Building in Connaught Place. Offering a star-studded line up experience to the visitors, the attraction features 50 life-like figures spanning across history, sports, music, film and politics. Speaking to Express TravelWorld, Marcel Kloos, director – new openings, Europe and emerging markets, Merlin Entertainments, informed, “It is a very exciting phase as we enter a new country. We did a lot of study on the India market before finalising the wax figures. Sixty per cent of the figures are of Indian celebrities and only 40 per cent are of international stars. Specially the Leadership room which features figures of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, A P J Abdul Kalam Azad among others is an interesting new feature which is unique to this attraction.”
Madame Tussauds has attractions in London, Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Nashville, Berlin, Vienna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Wuhan, Blackpool UK, Sydney and now New Delhi. Each masterpiece takes four months and a team of 20 artists to create based on 500 precise body measurements.
Anshul Jain, general manager and director, Merlin Entertainments India, said, “Guests will be encouraged to interact, perform and even reflect with our figures to create a unique and immersive experience. Many props have been made available for guests to feel like stars when they get clicked with them. Since the opening announcement we have had an overwhelming response from the market and we look forward to welcome guests at the attraction.”
Commenting on tickets and special programmes, Kloos, informed, “It is best to check the availability of tickets online and pre-book. The ticket priced in India is one third the charge elsewhere to be able to reach out to masses. We will be limiting the number of people in a day due to limited space and make sure the experience is not affected for any of the guests. Our special programmes will include group admissions for families and schools. Especially school kids will be able to learn a lot through the interactive spaces and the leadership section.”
Madame Tussauds officially opens for the visitors on December 1, 2017. The tickets are priced at Rs 960 for adults and Rs 760 for kids. They can be purchased both online and offline.