Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Close to the glorious Qutub Minar, lies a huge historical space in neglect. This is Mehrauli Archaeological Park . Spread over a vast expanse, these beautiful monuments and artifacts barring a few, stare into nothingness, unkempt and not-maintained. The walled city authorities too did not find it worth to protect or care for these. A free entry to the walking trail and dark, dusty moments in bad condition are a proof of the same.
The small entrance through which I entered lead me to the beautiful sight of rose garden, with the Qutub Minar towering in the backdrop.
The sign board (rather sign stones) gave some direction of the monuments that lied ahead.
Crossing the rose garden, a lovely green zone is a welcoming sight with green plantation on both ends. (Thank God atleast a green cover was provided by the authorities).
Keep walking further till the walls of Jamal Kamali Mosque appear on right. This is was the only place I could explore properly.
It was nearly the closing time and hence I could not enter other tombs or step wells. Had to take pictures from outside the gate. Read more the baolis here .
|Rajon ki Baoli (Rajon stepwell)|
Rajon ki Baoli is is the largest and most ornamented of all the three baolis in Mehrauli
How to reach Mehrauli Archaeological Park -
There is a story behind this as well.
Its an easy to reach place but not really noticed, because its not highlighted or advertised anywhere. I have stayed close to this place for four years but never came to know abut this hidden gem. Having read so much about it recently, I convinced husband to explore this less known place. Little did we know that the place would not be an easy one to find.
We passed two entrances twice but did not realize those were the entry gates. (Not even the gates mention that it is the archaeological park). One of the entrances is 1 km away from Qutub Minar metro station. A narrow kuccha road through wilderness leads to the archaeological park. We chose not to tread on this path since these kind of secluded paths are unsafe, full of uncertainties.
The second entrance gate is near the Qutub Minar roundabout. Google also led us to Mehrauli Bus terminal. However, I am not sure if there's any entrance to the park or not at the bus terminal.
Entry fees- None
Parking- The park has a parking space inside. But I still do not have an idea where to drive through. (I had hopped into an auto from Qutub Minar metro to the gate near roundabout that costed me Rs.50). Bikes are cars were parked outside this small gate near the main road. Heavens save your vehicle from being towed or damaged since it seemed to be an unauthorized and unorganized parking space.
Wheelchair friendly- Not at all
Pet friendly- Though the notice boards warn against bringing in your pets, I still saw visitors bringing in their pet dogs for a walk. (Sigh!) Lot of strays roam inside the premises, harmless, lazing around.
Though poor maintenance and garbage menace were major turn off for me, I still wish to cover this place in detail in future. Will come back in winters to witness the neglected glory of history which needs to be told.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
History and heritage have always been of my prime interest since childhood. Delhi gave me loads of opportunities to discover the rich heritage of Indian History through the magnificent monuments and preserved artifacts. This time it was Heritage Transport Museum where I witnessed the grandeur of mediums of transport that has evolved across centuries. Being one of its kind and the only transport museum of India, you cannot give it a miss. Bring this on your do-do list in NCR and tick it off your bucket list like I did.
A brief history- The brainchild of Mr. Tarun Thakral, Heritage Transport Museum was opened to public in 2013 highlighting how transport changed its course in different era and how it influenced our life. You can read more about the same on its website.
The three acre space has four levels, with each housing an extra ordinary variety of transport mediums, paintings, collectibles and audio-visuals. The audio guided tour throws light on the history and usage of the displayed items. Here is a visual tour of the museum for you in brief.
The Basement has vintage cars, artifacts from roadside shops, fuel and gas station, display of transport used in Bollywood movies and more..
The ground floor houses initial history of transport, luxurious train, Horse/camel carts, carriages, tucks, buses, artwork by artists, souvenir shop, small pantry.
|Wheels- From where it all started|
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. The 6 feet tall Chaar Bhujaa Dhaari Vighanharta is made of over 800kg scrap parts of Ford cars which was donated to Heritage Transport Museum. The project that encourages recycling and resource allocation, was accomplished by metal artist Nishant Sudhakaran and artist Madhvi Khaitan. A great initiative indeed. Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!! #HistoryMuseum #DiscoverIndia #india_clicks #Ganpati #MetalArt #Travelblogger #natgeoyourshot #ScrapArt #Recycle
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First Floor- This houses bikes, scooters, legacy of Hero bikes, cycles, auto and interesting "jugaad" of few states.
|Jugaad from Gujarat|
The second floor exhibits a small aircraft, marine transport, a library, the legacy of Maruti, Ambassador, works of artists, childhood nostalgia, toys.
|Peek a boo|
|A smiley tribute to Maruti|
The outer premises has traffic signals, truck bonnets and bus from the British time on display.
Timings- 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Monday.
Entrance fees- Rs 400 adults, Rs 200 for children. Free for kid below 3 years
How to reach- While driving from Gurgaon, cross Kherki Daula toll, stay on the flyover. Take left on Torau Road. Keep moving straight. The museum will be on left.
The entire experience is enhanced by audio guide (The gadgets would be provided to you at the entrance)
Wheelchair friendly- Yes (With slope ramps and elevator)
Pantry- Grab a bite if hungry. Otherwise expensive. (No other restaurant or eating joint nearby). Advisable to carry food with you and keep in your car.
Souvenir shop- From stationery and books to mugs, wallets and coasters, the shop has a great variety but is too pricey. (I did not find it worth)
This is great place for history enthusiasts, car and bike lovers, artists, photographers, kids, elders Basically for all age group. No body would be disappointed here. The 400 INR that you spend here are totally worth it.
P.S: My visit to the museum was in September 2018.
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