Friday, January 2, 2015

Heritage Transport Museum in Gurgaon

One of the things we are trying to be more conscious of, despite living in Gurgaon, the city of malls, is to stay as far away from the malls as possible. I've started finding it just so tiring to go to a mall with the kids dragging behind asking me to buy them things or eat junk food or just generally getting over stimulated by the artificial lighting and the bad air and loud crowds of people. So, unless we plan to eat at a specific restaurant, or need to buy something from a specific store, or, on a really lucky and rare day, are being able to go for a movie, we now tend to stay away from malls altogether. This leaves a big empty hole in our weekends where mindless shopping used to be. That's a good thing because it forces us to look for better places to visit and experiences to share with the kids.

That's how we discovered the gem called the Heritage Transport Museum. It's located past Manesar on the Jaipur highway and took us about 40 minutes from Sohna Road.

 When you think of a museum in India, it's sadly mostly a musty and ill maintained picture that pops up in your mind. I was expecting something like the Rail Museum....fun for kids, but badly maintained and a waste of great potential.

I was so surprised, instead, to find a beautifully laid out, well-planned, well-maintained museum. It's privately owned. Tickets cost 300 for an adult and 150 for a child. They have very polite and well-trained staff to help you.

The museum itself has a great collection of vinatge cars, pre-mechanized transport like bullock carts and even palkis, and my personal favourites - an old train and even a small airplane.

There is informative and crisp signage everywhere and its the kind of place that you just want to linger and stare at your leisure.

 


 

 

When we were done browsing, we discovered that they have a sweet little food and snack set up as well! For Rs. 150, we each got a plate of very tasty rajma chawal, some raita, and a gulab jamun. They staff was nice enough to serve our food outside so we could enjoy the sunshine. Everything is clean and spacious and safe, so we didn't have to stress about where the kids were running off to.

The added bonus was a range of activities planned outdoors for the kids because of Christmas and new year (its on till the 4th of Jan, 2015, I think). So, for just Rs. 50 each, the kids took horse and camel rides, painted on a canvas, did some pottery, and even painted an old car that's lying there just for doodling!

All in all, definitely go! If you have kids, they will surely enjoy it. And if you don'thave kids, but are a vintage car enthusiast, you'll enjoy it too. A little tip though  - the museum is pretty cold inside (maybe they keep it that way on purpose) - so definitely take an extra warm layer if you go.

I would love to hear from you if you do visit. As always, please leave me a comment right here. 

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