If you’re a car enthusiast and happen to find yourself in the land of pristine lakes and grand forts, Udaipur, you’re in for a treat. Just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent City Palace lies a treasure trove for automobile lovers.
Get ready to take a step back in time as you enter the Vintage Car Museum, a collection of vintage automobiles used by the opulent Mewar dynasty of Udaipur. Here, you’ll get a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of the Mewar rulers, with their custom-made Rolls Royce and Mercedes models on display.
The museum was once the Mewar State Motor Garage or the Palace Garage, and is now owned by the HRH group under Rana Shri Arvind Singh Mewar. The museum was inaugurated by the founder of the National Motor Museum of England, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu on February 15th, 2000.
One of the most popular displays at the museum is the 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom, which was used in the James Bond movie “Octopussy.” You can also feast your eyes on the Cadillac convertible that escorted Queen Elizabeth back to the airport in 1961. With 20 antique cars, including rare Mercedes models and solar-powered rickshaws, you’re sure to have a blast exploring this collection.
The vehicles are housed in the former Mewar State Motor Garage, with a semi-circular motor garage and a larger courtyard. There’s even a Shell petrol pump on the property, though its condition is said to be unstable. The vehicles, dating back to the late 1900s, are wonderfully preserved and kept spotless.
The museum opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM, with tickets priced at Rs. 250 for adults and Rs. 150 for children. Trust us, it’s a small price to pay for a chance to see these vintage beauties up close, if you are an auto enthusiast, else skip the place. So, you decide!