In a nutshell:
An unmissable experience if u happen to b in Gurgaon. If u have not been here, u have missed something
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.
Cost of tickets for 2: Rs. 600
To watch out for : Museum, café, conference rooms, memorablia shop.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibits (vehicles) r mostly kept inside the building but some really diverse ones were kept outside on the lawns as well.
The ticket counter had been made from an old car.
The café was right near the entrance.
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.
The museum was in 3 floors. The ground floor had a colletion of buses, mini buses, vans etc.
This floor had a real Railway coach saloon car from the times of The maharajah.
There was a place for kolkata hand drawn rickshaw & different forms of animal drawn transport.
There was a small & impressive collection of lights (lanterns) that were used in different animal drawn carts.
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.
From there we moved on to the basement. This was a car gallery.
A part of the gallery was made to look like a real bazaar. The rest had the look of a car garage.
An earlier days petrol refill station got me excited.
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.
The first floor had two wheelers, 3 wheelers and indigenous Indian vehicles.
I loved the two models of aircraft.
The mammoth hanging boat was a piece of art.
They have a conducted tour around noon. We missed it – look forward to doing that the next time.
Awesome place. Loved it. Highly recommended. I will surely revisit.