By Chitwan Sharma*
NEW DELHI, 15 March 2020: About an hour’s drive from Delhi is the world heritage museum. Located at Tauru in the Gurgaon district of the state Haryana. HTM (Heritage Transport Museum) covers an area of around 90,000 sq feet.
This state of the art museum is very high tech and gives a modern feel. It is a multi-story museum that features exhibition galleries, mini auditorium, library, museum shop, and a restaurant facility.
Audiobooks with headphones are provided along with the tickets on the entrance and these audiobooks have thorough information about the whole museum. A documentary on the importance of different modes of transportation is also shown in the auditorium.
The founder and trustee Tarun Thakral spent nearly 20 years collecting vintage vehicles from different states of India. The museum includes a 1930 Royal Rail Saloon and a 1935 Buick series 90 limousine, a 1900 horse carriage and a 1946 Salsbury and many more. The oldest model in the museum is an 1780 bullock cart.
With the help of lithographs, photographs, postcards and transportation books, and vehicles, the museum tells us the vibrant and rich history of Indian transportation in a modern way.