The National Rail Museum lies adjacent to the Bhutan Embassy within the diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri in Shanti Path in New Delhi and is easily accessible by local transport, which focuses on the rail heritage of India it opened on the 1 February 1977. The National Railway Museum is one of most popular tourist attractions in Delhi. It describes the Railway history of India. The museum boasts of a huge collection of romance, nostalgia, fun, history, heritage, leisure and entertainment, all in the 11 acres of land that the museum occupies. The indoor gallery of the National Rail Museum displays photographs, coat of arms, exhibits, models, records and documents. The exhibit section in the museum includes over 100 real size exhibits that depict the glory of the bygone era.
It is located in over 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. A toy train offers rides around that site on regular days.Museum remains open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Last entry 4.30 pm) Tuesday to Sunday. Museum remains closed on every Monday and National Holidays. The most amazing feature of the rail museum that attracts the children as well as train buffs is the toy train that provides a joyful ride. On some days, the old steam monorail is also run across the grounds of the museum. Besides the exciting ride of a train, one can also enjoy boating here.
The concept to establish a center to display the Heritage of Railways in India began in 1932 after the Government had proposed to set up a Rail Museum in Dehradun. Museum took a concrete shape in 1970 under the advise of Mr.Michael Graham Satow a rail enthusiast. Shri V.V Giri, the then President of India, laid the foundation stone for the Rail Transport Museum (R.T.M) at its present site in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, on October 7, 1971. The Rail Transport Museum was planned as a part of a larger complex covering the history of Railways, Roadways, Airways and Water-ways in India, which later on developed into a full-fledged National Rail Museum in the year 1995. This museum became an instant success with people and children especially and is known as one of its kind in Asia.
National Rail Museum of Delhi has a unique collection of more than 100 real size trains and engines from the beginning of the Indian railways. the nearly 30 museums in Delhi – including Crafts Museums, Gandhi Memorial, Sangeet Natak Academy Gallery, etc – the ‘National Rail Museum’ is one of the most well maintained and loved by children. Spread across lush green 11 acres of prime land in Chanakyapuri, it comprises an elegantly-designed octagonal building. A major attraction of the museum is the Toy Train that runs along the perimeter of the museum and affords the riders a glance at the various live locomotives on display. Vintage carriages like the Fairy Queen (the oldest surviving steam locomotive in the world), the Saloons of various Maharajas and the historic Patiala State Monorail, among several others, are some of the most prized locomotives of India that lay preserved at the museum. Riding through the museum on the toy train is great fun. Since this place isn’t quite as popular as a tourist spot, the absence of a big rush of crowd makes it a much peaceful experience. Don’t forget to take back a souvenir of the train models from the Indian souvenir shop!
National Rail Museum, New Delhi has found its name in the Guinness Book of World Records. It has also been awarded the National Tourism Award.
Location : Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri,
Ticket : 20 RUPEES
Toy train ride: Rs. 20
Photography : Allow
Timings : 9.30 to 5.30 am except Mondays
How to reach :
By Air : Nearest Airport is New Delhi, New Delhi is well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail : The New Delhi Railway Station is at a distance of 7 km from the museum
By Road : DTC buses that stop at the Chanakyapuri bus stop can be availed to reach the museum.
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