Maitri Bagh Zoo - The Garden of Friendship

About 20 minutes from the Bhilai Steel Plant, one can find the Maitri Bagh or the ‘Garden of Frienship’ built to commemorate the friendship between Indian and the Russian Government. This garden has been built and managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant. It is considered to one of the best hangout spots in the state of Chhattisgarh, enjoyed by people of all ages. It consists of a large zoo, beautiful lakes, gardens, musical fountain, a tall tower called the Pragati Minar, a toy train called ‘Maitri Express’ for the children. It is thus an amazing picnic spot, a must – visit with your family and friends. The lush greenery, shimmering musical fountain, flower beds and scenic locales attract tourists from far and wide. Adjacent to the garden, is Bhilai Water Works, providing water to the township.

Special Features of Maitri Bagh

Maitri Bagh in BhilaiThe entrance of Maitri Bagh is marked by two artificial giraffes, colliding their heads with each other. The Maitri Bagh Zoo in Bhilai is the largest of its kind in the state of Chhattisgarh. Spread over an area of about 167 acres, the zoo is home to a large species of flora as well as fauna. The zoo has about 39 exotic species of animals, birds and reptiles, including many endangered species. White tigers are a special favourite, among the tourists, especially among the children. An artificial lake flows through the zoo, where you can go for boating and enjoy the scenic splendour.

A toy train called the Maitri Express is operated in the zoo from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The price of a ticket is Rs.5, however, it is free for children below three. There is a musical fountain on an island in the artificial lake. It is the biggest of its kind in south East Asia. The Fountain consists of many fountains of water dancing on instrumental music on some retro and contemporary songs. The jets of water shoot out in the air, twist and sway in the air, appearing as if dancing to the tune of the music. Each of these movements is lit up by shimmering and bright colours, providing a visual treat to the viewers. The programme lasts for about 20 minutes, and 2 shows are organised in the evenings, on alternate days. This dynamic spectacle attracts people of all ages, from far and wide, leaving them wanting more.

The fresh and unpolluted air, lush green surroundings, filled with blooming flowers make the garden an ideal spot for taking strolls and jogging in the evening. It also has a playground equipped with swings, giant wheel and other fun activities for the children. There is a tall watchtower in the garden, called Pragati Minar, from whose top you can get a breathtaking view of the Maitri Bagh and the adjoining Bhilai Steel Plant.

Musical Fountain in Bhilai

Another special feature of the Maitri Bagh is its annual Flower Show. Every year a Flower show is organised in the Bagh, in a grand manner, with active participation from the locals as well as the tourists. Many kinds of huge flowers and vegetables are displayed that are brought from various part of the district.

Maitri Bagh thus has a variety of activities to keep you engaged for an entire day. You could spend the morning, lazing around the garden, and indulge in fun activities like the swing and the giant wheel. Afternoon can be spent in the zoo, watching the exotic avian and animal species. In the evening, you could go for boating amidst the serene splendour of the lake. You can conclude your day by watching the spectacular musical fountain and return home with fond memories.

Timings and Entrance Fees of Maitri Bagh

The zoo is open from 10 am to 5 pm, while the park is open till 7.30 pm. The musical fountain operates at 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The entrance fee is Rs. 10. The zoo and park remain closed on Mondays.


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    VIKASH KUMAR SHARMA from KHURJI PARK - 1 GAUTAM NAGAR (BHILAI) 453 Days ago

    VERY VERY QUT PIC

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    Medha mehta from Raipur 533 Days ago

    The animals r in very bad condition. .Monkey is bleeding from mouth.. Rabbits also infected.. Also the music band in near chidiya ghar.. Animals r disturbed Plz look into the matter at soon as possible.. Otherwise we have to complaint on higher level..

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    Pravin N Fulbandhe from Gondia 625 Days ago

    Sir Do you have any subsidies for school trip plz reply

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    Janufrom Bhilai 357 Days ago

    Hao

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    chandrashekhar netam from Dhamtari 722 Days ago

    Nice

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    parmeshwar kaushik from raipur chattishghar 804 Days ago

    Monday bhi ese khula rakhna chahiye

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    Janufrom Bhiali 357 Days ago

    Thik hai. .

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    Himanshu singh from Jagdalpur 846 Days ago

    Surely I will come to see nature's beauty

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    Anky from jabalpur 1000 Days ago

    Small zoo but nice

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    Kanchan Pandey from Bilaspur 1041 Days ago

    #बाघों को मौत के मुँह में ढकेलता आहार ... वन्य जीवन के साथ पशुवत आचरण की ये तस्वीरें ना सिर्फ हमारी मानसिक संवेदना से परिचय करवाती है बल्कि हम वन्य प्राणियों के प्रति कितने संवेदनशील है ये भी बताती हैं । खासकर बाघों को लेकर, तब जब बाघ संकट के दौर से गुजर रहें हैं । भारत के अलग अलग वन क्षेत्रों के अलावा जू में बाघों की होती मौत यक़ीनन लापरवाहियों का सच हैं जो सरकारी लीपापोती में कहीं नज़र नही आती । हम छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य में बाघों की संख्या को लेकर पहले ही सुर्ख़ियों में रहें है, अचानकमार टाईगर रिजर्व में आज तक बाघों की असल संख्या सरकारी फाइलों से बाहर नहीं निकली । राज्य के अलग अलग जू में वन्य जीव खासकर बाघ संरक्षण के दावे करने वाले अमले ने बाघ को लेकर संवेदना नही दिखाई । कई प्रमाण और घटनाक्रम हैं जो जू प्रबन्धन को सवालों के कटघरे में खड़ा करते हैं । इस पोस्ट में दिखाई पड़ती तस्वीर राज्य के भिलाई स्थित मैत्री उद्यान की है जो जानवरों के प्रति मित्रवत नही नज़र आता । तमाम अव्यवस्थाओं के बीच से निकलकर सामने आई इस तस्वीर ने ये तो साफ़ कर दिया कि मैत्री बाग़ जू प्रबंधन जानवरों खासकर बाघों की सेहत को लेकर गंभीर नही है । चिड़ियाघरों में दिए जाने वाले आहार और प्रति पशु की खुराक का निर्धारण जू अथॉरिटी आफ इण्डिया करती है । इसके अलावा पशु पक्षियों के आहार की गुणवत्ता का मापदंड भी तय होता है लेकिन तस्वीर को देखकर लगता है जू अथॉरिटी ऑफ़ इण्डिया के सारे मापदंड सिर्फ कागजो में हैं जिन्हें जू प्रबन्धन फाइलों से बाहर नही आने देता । यहां बाघों को दिए जा रहे आहार पर और उसकी असल सूरत पर मेरी नज़र पड़ी । हजारों कीट पतिंगों और मख्खी मच्छरों से अटा पड़ा मांस किस जानवर का और कितना पुराना है कुछ कह पाना मुश्किल है जबकि बाघों को बकरे का ताज़ा मांस निर्धारित मात्रा में दिया जाना है लेकिन तस्वीर में दिखाई पड़ता मांस पुराना और बकरे का नही हो सकता । गर्म गोस्त खाने की आनुवांशिक परम्परा का आदि बाघ इस आहार से कितना स्वस्थ्य और फुर्तीला होगा समझा जा सकता है । चिड़ियाघरों में जानवरों की सेहत से खिलवाड़ फिर उनकी मौत पर कारणों की बयानबाजी करने वाले अफसर भूल जाते हैं बाघ धीरे धीरे विलुप्ति की कगार पर पहुँच रहे हैं । प्रदेश में सभी चिड़ियाघरों के लिए सालाना मांस पूर्ति के लिए निविदा बुलाकर ठेका दिया जाता है । ठेके में वन्य जीव

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    Shlok mishrafrom Pratapgarh up 664 Days ago

    बहुत ही दुख की बात है ऐसा होना इन वन्य जीवो के अस्तित्व पर खतरा है

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    madhur sen from sagar m.p 1184 Days ago

    Mujhe yha ghomne ana hai kyoki mujhe vha achha lagta hai

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    Toshi Asati from Bhilai 1186 Days ago

    R/Sir, Today I visited Maitri Baag, after reaching at parking zone, one of parking person demanding me Rs 10 (Actual Parking Charge Rs 5) for parking after paying Rs 10, I also demanding for receipt but they denied for any kind of receipt not even Rs 5 receipt.......I think more than 15 Lacs visitors, visit in a year.So just think parking vendor guys are doing right or wrong?Rs 5 is not matter for me as well everyone.....but misbehaivour is not acceptable by anyone.....Note: Just for your Knowledge....Now you think what to do or not to do?

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    bhilaionline.in Expertfrom 1184 Days ago

    Hi! Report this matter to higher officials of the zoo .

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    Himanshu singhfrom Jagdalpur 846 Days ago

    U have a right to launch FIR against those guys

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