Tarun Thakral, GM Le Meridien, Delhi had a passion about cars which has now turned into a Heritage Transport Museum.
It is 90,000 Sq ft of air conditioned space spread over four floors, on a three acre plot, off the NH 8 at Tauru-Gurgaon. It has exhibition galleries, a library and reference centre, conference rooms, a mini auditorium and a museum shop cum cafeteria. It has been set up by a non-profit Heritage Transportation trust registered under the Indian Trust Act (1882).
Apart from Thakral there is a bunch of other people who have helped him in this dream project showcasing the evolution of transportation in India.
Ministry of Culture, Government of India is also involved as they have granted 6 crore Rupees to offset the cost of construction of the museum building. The balance funds came from corporate and individual donations and sponsor ships.
The Museum is divided into sections.
• Automobile Gallery – showcasing the evolution of the Indian car industry plus cars that have been used in India since the advent of motoring.
• Two-Wheelers Gallery – showcasing the evolution of early two wheelers in India including bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, and mopeds. Some indigenous systems of transport such as phat-phat, chakhda, jugaad, and ganesha are also on display.
• Pre-mechanised Transportation- Beginning with the story of the wheel, palanquins, howdahs, bullock carts, horse carriages, and camel carts are on display.
• Heavy Mechanised Transportation showcasing restored buses.
It is an absolutely must see Museum if you are in Delhi NCR or visiting it.