Heritage Transport Museum (Major District Road 132, Off NH 8 from Bilaspur Chowk, Taoru, Gurgaon District, Haryana)


In a nutshell:

An unmissable experience if u happen to b in Gurgaon. If u have not been here, u have missed something

the building
the building

Address & other details:  Heritage Transport Museum

Google map: Heritage Transport Museum

Best way to go – Drive from Gurgaon towards Jaipur on NH8. At Bilaspur (old brick structure Toll booth, now defunct) take left into Bilaspur – Taouru Road. Keep going 6-7 km. This museum is on the left.

heritage vehicles parked outside the museum
heritage vehicles parked outside the museum – this one was a route bus

Cost of tickets for 2: Rs. 600

........as if it was from the movie 'cars'.
……..as if it was from the movie ‘cars’.

To watch out for : Museum, café, conference rooms, memorablia shop.

An old carriage
An old carriage

Description:

From Childhood I have been fond of going to museums. Those days stuffed animals used to excite me. Nowadays we visit many history – themed museums. I was also super fond of cars & other modes of transport.

a beautiful carved , animal drawn carriage
a beautiful carved , animal drawn carriage

So when Siddhartha, a friend of mine told me about this museum locatde not far from the millennium city of Gurgaon, it was hard to resist. So one Sunday morning we drove to this place. Though it took us about an hour, the distance from Gurgaon Signature towers was about 45 km.

Tribal art depicting transportation and city life - their perspective
Tribal art depicting transportation and city life – their perspective

The building is large & imposing, situated in the middle of nowhere on the taouru – Bilaspur road. The road has numerous super high & awfully made bumpers on it, thus slowing down the speed.

Gond tribal art - depicting a train in their traditional art form
Gond tribal art – depicting a train in their traditional art form

Exhibits (vehicles) r mostly kept inside the building but some really diverse ones were kept outside on the lawns as well.

Gond tribal art - depicting a plane in their traditional art form
Gond tribal art – depicting a plane in their traditional art form

The ticket counter had been made from an old car.

ticket counter
ticket counter

The café was right near the entrance.

Epic journey - evolution of Ambi. Right - Hindustan Twelve 1948, center - Hindustan Landmaster 1954, Left - Hindustan Ambassador Mark 1 1969.
Epic journey – evolution of Ambi. Right – Hindustan Twelve 1948, center – Hindustan Landmaster 1954, Left – Hindustan Ambassador Mark 1 1969.

In a corner of the café there were 3 carts that were selling memorablia. I was most impressed by the handicraft from pakistan – a collection of models of very colorful & floral pakistani Bedford trucks and a range of merchandize inspired by the designs on trucks.

Ford V8 Phaeton 1938
Ford V8 Phaeton 1938

The museum was in 3 floors. The ground floor had a colletion of buses, mini buses, vans etc.

Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon 1946, made of wood & metal
Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon 1946, body made of wood & metal

This floor had a real Railway coach saloon car from the times of The maharajah.

Petrol station of Olden days
Petrol station of Olden days

There was a place for kolkata hand drawn rickshaw & different forms of animal drawn transport.

I missed the name of this beauty
I missed the name of this beauty

There was a small & impressive collection of lights (lanterns) that were used in different animal drawn carts.

Nash 600 Series Slipstream Delux 1946
Nash 600 Series Slipstream Delux 1946

I was super impressed with transport forms drawn in Gond tribal art form by tribal artists. What a beautiful depiction of their imagination of modern day transport.

aeroplane - Gond tribal art
aeroplane – Gond tribal art

From there we moved on to the basement. This was a car gallery.

car gallery
car gallery

A part of the gallery was made to look like a real bazaar. The rest had the look of a car garage.

A car display area made to look like a real street.
A car display area made to look like a real street.

An earlier days petrol refill station got me excited.

retro petrol filling station
retro petrol filling station

The cars (mostly classic) & some vintage, were impressive. Each had a story to tell.

This floor also had a car called Badal that was made for the common man, long b4 nano – it had 3 wheels though.

Badal
Badal

The first floor had two wheelers, 3 wheelers and indigenous Indian vehicles.

A beautiful Motor rickshaw (motor bike turned into a carriage)
A beautiful Motor rickshaw (motor bike turned into a carriage)

I loved the two models of aircraft.

The mammoth hanging boat was a piece of art.

hanging boat
hanging boat

They have a conducted tour around noon. We missed it – look forward to doing that the next time.

The loo had truck 'looking glass' in place of mirrors
The loo had truck ‘looking glass’ in place of mirrors

Awesome place. Loved it. Highly recommended. I will surely revisit.

Even the hanger in the loo had a transport element to it....
Even the hanger in the loo had a transport element to it….
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