The visit to International Technology Park of Bangalore at Whitefield was a good one. We came to know as to why the city is known as India’s Silicon Valley. The number of MNCs having office there proves what a big player India is when it comes to IT and software industry. Once we were done with the visit to the IT Park, we headed for our next place of visit. This place got the kids very excited. It was the HAL heritage centre and aerospace museum.
The museum is located at a distance of 10 km from the Airport road and 10 km from the Bengaluru City Railway Station. Spread across an area of more than 4 hectares the museum is first of its kind in India which houses many interesting aircrafts and rare aeronautical devices. It is a reservoir of knowledge for anyone.
There are two major halls which divides the main entrance. One of the halls inside the main building contains the various photographs and also shows the growth of the aviation industry in all the decades following 1940s till today. The second hall inside the museum houses some of the best and rare models of aero engines and also highlights the various functions of the engine and other machines. There are also some real engines which are housed like the Garret, Adour and Orpheus engines.
There is also a library in the house which contains abundant knowledge for those interested in aerospace and its historical development over the years. The best thing inside the museum which all of us liked was the motion simulator which accentuates the user experience and gives a real life feeling of the fighter jets and the commercial aircrafts.
One may also want to check out the herbal garden; children’s play area and a souvenir shop. A sustainability park is also present which educates the visitors on solar system and renewable energy. It was a good informative visit. Once we were done with the museum we went to visit another prominent and historical attraction of the city, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan.