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Old 11th April 2024, 17:50   #1
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"Payana" - The Vintage Car Museum at Mysuru

"Payana" - The Vintage Car Museum

A new Vintage Car Museum has opened at the outskirts of Mysuru last week and I had the opportunity to visit this museum along with family on the way to Mysuru today. This museum has been established by Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade and is now open to public. The structure itself resembles the silhouette of a tyre!

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Payana - The Vintage Car Museum


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A Zoomed out view of the Car Museum


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The museum hosts a huge set of vintage cars on display from brands such as Fiat, Morris, Austin, Mercedes Benz, Willys, Toyota, Citroen and Hindustan Motors.

The timings for the museum is from morning 9-00 PM until 8-00 PM in the evening and there is an entry charge of ₹50 per head for Adults and its free for Children up to the age of 12 years.

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Guidelines

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The Ticket Counter


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The Ticket

Right at the entrance is placed a car which was used by Dr Veerendra Hegde himself - the Standard Herald:

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Standard Herald used by Dr Veerendra Hegde during his College Days


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At the entrance - Evolution of Wheels


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The most Rudimentary Wheels


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Spacious Hall


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Spacious Hall - Additional View


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Spacious Hall - Additional View


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Walk away towards the Lower Level


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Mysuru Maharaja's car - Daimler DE 36


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C V Raman's Car - Studebaker Champion



Location:
Payana is located at Brahmapura which is about 6.5 kms from Srirangapatna Town. If you are coming from Mysuru, then its about 14 kms from Mysuru Palace.
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With the stage set and some of the key cars shown, let me next add the gallery of pictures from the Museum for your viewing pleasure:

The Car Gallery

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"The Khali Peeli"

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Car Used by Kannada Actor Vishnuvardhan (Going by the Photo placed on the car)

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There are more cars on display than the number of images per post that Team-BHP allows

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The Car Gallery - Part-II

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Might have missed a few but I think I covered most of the cars on display. Overall time well spent - with the super convenient Expressway also open and available now - it's much easier for folks from Bengaluru to visit this Vintage Car Museum.

This museum is considered to be an extension to the Manjusha Museum located in Dharmasthala - More details here: Link

There is a thread on Team-BHP as well on Manjusha Museum from 2010 > (Manjusha Museum, Dharmasthala)

Do note, when I visited the Restaurant was not yet functional - so if you get hungry with all the walking about inside the museum - you would need to head out to catch some food. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags - and jet, set and go...."Payana" is waiting for you.

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Thread moved out from the Assembly Line. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing the wonderful thread, vsrivatsa!!

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade's Manjusha museum at Dharmasthala has been a very popular museum for decades.
I know many friends who have donated their classic cars to the museum as they were unable to maintain any further and they weren't keen on selling the car either. I too tried to donate a 1960 Fiat Select which I had for a brief period, but the authorities said they are ready to take rare cars which are in good condition only.

Behind the museum at Dharmasthala is the workshop where all the tinkering, painting, mechanical works are done. Need to check if they have such setup in the new museum too.

Very happy that the Payana museum has come up near Mysore which will hopefully motivate more people to own and maintain Vintage and classic cars. So many cars are there in the museum with regn series of MYx which is the old series of Mysore state. I am looking forward to visit the museum in few hours and hopefully in a classic car!!

I did my bit of saving this rare and heritage car of India. It's a 1960 Ambassador which is the very first model of Ambassador sold in India and popularly called as Mark1. Similar car is in the Payana museum with regn num MYB 9993.

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I can't be the only person who read it as papaya vintage car museum!

But otherwise, I am pleasantly surprised about the collection. My person favourite was the Matiz (complete with the foggy headlamps!), the Contessa and, of course, the trucks.

I need to go there sometime.
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I can't be the only person who read it as papaya vintage car museum!
Kindly note that, Payana in Kannada means Travel. I loved the name given to the museum!
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Thanks for sharing.
I start reading this thread and wife puts a video on youtube on same. What a coincidence 😀
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Us four mods - Viddy, Suhaas, Chetan and myself made a trip there. Nice building etc but one one or two cars really stood out. Some points to make were
  • Some of the older cars like the Ford Prefect, the Morris 8 were not in original colours

  • The Peugeot 404 used to be a light blue, saw it being refurbished in Sai Colorium. That lilac colour is abhorrent
  • The BMW 7 has some terrible juggaad performed on the windscreen. Some hatchback rear windscreen has been grafted on and the wipers do not sit flush behind the bonnet.

  • We knew we felt old when we saw a Hyundai Verna as an exhibit


What was missing was the best car in the Dharamsala - the Mercedes w108. All in all, its great as a stop off excursion on your way to Mysore
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Nice thread. Have been wanting to visit this ever since I heard about this. Is there an eatery attached to this place ?
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Behind the museum at Dharmasthala is the workshop where all the tinkering, painting, mechanical works are done. Need to check if they have such setup in the new museum too.
Here too there is a workshop for reconditioning the cars and a paint booth. I visited this place before it was opened and spoke to a mechanic working on one of the cars briefly. He was very knowledgeable on old cars
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Thanks for sharing the wonderful thread, vsrivatsa!!

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade's Manjusha museum at Dharmasthala has been a very popular museum for decades.
I know many friends who have donated their classic cars to the museum as they were unable to maintain any further and they weren't keen on selling the car either

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One such car, owned by a Bhpian earlier. Now donated to the museum. Clicked this pic today at the museum.

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This was an amazing read, thank you for sharing!

Must say that right from the building itself to even the small aspects like the ticket are so well executed. Huge props to the entire team for making this project an international level one, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if someone were to tell me that this is from Germany or some other EU country.

Our country needs more dedicated petrolheads like him and more forums like ours!

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I was here just this weekend and in case there are some motorcyclists out here who are wondering how to reach while avoiding the expressway service road while coming from Bangalore, this is what you do:

Bangalore > Nelamangala > Bellur Cross.

The above will take you through a very scenic and well maintained NH 150A with lakes popping up every now and again on one side and lots of greenery. I was fortunate enough to ride on this route and will be frequenting it.

Coming to the museum, its huge but needs more cars and definitely needs to get the cafeteria going. Tons of parking space and a nominal entry fee are a big positive. I would advise people to wait a few weeks and let them sort out things before visiting.
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Nice thread. Have been wanting to visit this ever since I heard about this. Is there an eatery attached to this place ?
I visited this weekend and the cafeteria is still not operational.
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