Goa Chakra Museum is a part of Goa Chitra Museum, a huge hall dedicated to heritage carriages from various eras and states of India. It is located at Benaulim, South Goa.
It is a part of the Goa Chitra Museum complex, which also includes an ethnographic museum and an organic farm.
It is dedicated to the history of transportation in India, and its collection includes a wide variety of vehicles, from ancient chariots to modern cars.
It was founded by Victor Hugo Gomes, who has been collecting traditional Goan artifacts for several years.
Goa Chakra Museum – Heritage Wheels & Carriages Collection
There are carriages drawn by animals such as horses or bullocks. And those that were pulled by men. There are palanquins to carry the ladies – some partially and some totally closed. There is North India’s quintessential Cycle Rickshaw.
The display of the artifacts at the museum can be broadly classified as follows:
- Ancient Chariots
- Mechanical transportation like bicycles and rickshaws
- Motorized transportation like cars and motorcycles
Well-organized and easy to navigate, the exhibits are informative and engaging.
There are cradles to carry children and there are temples that must be carried on strong shoulders.
Take a look at the photographs of the exquisite collections in the museum.
Outside the hall, Victoria stood with grace and pride. And then as if giving way to the mechanical era stood an old Volkswagen car – somewhere from the era between the carriages in the hall and the cars standing in the parking lot.
To my limited knowledge, this is a unique tribute to the Wheel, an invention that brought the world closer. Making my distant travels possible.
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