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  • Chhatbir Zoo

    Chhatbir Zoo

    The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park was created out of the Chhatbir Protected Forest in 1977. Named after the governor of Punjab who envisioned it, the Park continues to support

    The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park was created out of the Chhatbir Protected Forest in 1977. Named after the governor of Punjab who envisioned it, the Park continues to support conservation of endangered and rare species of wildlife through captive breeding, as well as, encouraging research and awareness on wildlife. Spread over 202 acres of raw scrubland, it is the biggest zoological park in north-western India, with a population of nearly 1,000 animals and birds.

    Chhatbir Zoo The zoo houses a large number of primates, big cats and several varieties of deer and antelope. Besides housing zebras, hippopotamus and crocodiles, the park is also credited with the successful captive-breeding of the gharial, a critically endangered variety of crocodile distinguished by its long and narrow snout. Among the avian species spotted here are a wide variety of pheasants including the Mongolian and the white-crested Khaleej. The reptile enclosure which includes a python and a sand boa is an immensely popular draw, along with the lion and deer safaris.

  • Chappar Chiri

    Chappar Chiri

    Fateh Burj at Chappar Chiri, a few kilometres from Mohali, has a special place in Sikh history. It was here that Banda Singh Bahadur, one of the most respected Sikh warriors, won a decisive battle against Wazir Khan, commander of the Mughal army.

    History

    ChapparChiri has a special place in Sikh history. It was here that the Sikhs led by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur defeated the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan. Situated a few kilometres from Landran and 20 km from Sirhind, this area was the site of the Battle of Sirhind. This battle took place on 12 May 1710.

    Guru Gobind Singh ji reclaimed at Nanded an ascetic bairagi Madho Das, converting him to Khalsa with the name Banda Singh; exhorting him to continue the struggle for freedom of Punjab from the oppressing yoke of the Mughals. The Sikhs under Baba Banda Singh Bahadurs command soon embarked on a career of conquest and within a few months of his arrival in the Punjab dislodged Mughal power from the Cis-Satluj territories. Samana, Shahbad and Sadhaura were amongst the first places of importance to fall to Banda Singh who occupied the fort of Mukhlisgarh near Sadhaura and made it his capital, Lohgarh. Subsequently he came to Sirhind, detested in the eyes of the Sikhs for the executions of their Gurus sons, arid the home of the murderers Wazir Khan and Dewan Sucha Nand. He engaged Wazir Khan, governor of Sirhind, who came out to meet him with a large force. The battle was fought on the plains of Chappar Chiri on 12 May 1710. The cold blooded murder of the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh associated with the town and its governor was still fresh in the memory of the Sikhs. They made so strong and sweeping an attack, the enemy was routed, Wazir Khan killed and Sirhind was occupied on day three of the battle. Banda Singh Bahadur quashed Mughal hold on Punjab in a brief span of seven years.

    Banda Singh introduced a new calendar dating from his capture of sirhind. He had new coins struck bearing the names of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. He abolished zamindari system and empowered the tillers.

    The success of Banda Singh affected a revolution in the minds of people. Ordinary masses were tempered to resist tyranny. The idea of a nation state long dead, once again became a living aspiration.

    Architecture

    Chappar ChiriThe height of the Fateh Burj (Victory Tower) is 328 feet, In this structure, a special EPDM membrane has been used. The reflected image of the tower in the water body adds another dimension. Six shell structures along the water body and towards south east side of the memorial similar to the original tibbas (mounds) have statues of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his five generals namely Bhai Fetch Singh, Bhai Aali Singh, Bhai Mali Singh, Bhai Baj Singh and Bhai Ram Singh. Out of these six shells (mounds), four are organic and two shells are designed with RCC. A theatre is planned to offer an immersive experience to visitors. The architecture highlights how the difficult terrain of Chappar Chiri aided Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his army of irregulars defeats Wazir Khans highly trained soldiers, cavalry, cannons and elephants.

    Wazir Khan deployed his cannons and lined up his elephants, cavalry and skilled warriors at a plain site beyond which lay the rough landscape of Chappar Chiri (chappar — pond, chiri — cluster of trees) and tibbas (mounds). On the eve of war Baba Banda Singh Bahadur reached the site in the evening. He climbed the highest tibba to take stock of the enemy forces, assessed his strengths, and drew a strategy for war. The tibbas provided defense from cannon fire and the chin forced the enemy to engage in close quarter fighting.

    The chappar (pond) has been incorporated in the design to recreate the eighteenth century environment.

    Fateh Burj is an octagonal tower with a RCC central core which resists the total lateral and seismic force. It has side ROC walls having beautiful arches going in curvilinear fashion (emphasizing attitude of Chardi Kala) supported on steel columns & can resist winds upto 170 km/hour.

    The central octagonal core has two high speed elevators and a staircase which takes the public to three levels of victory i.e. 72'' (victory of Samana), 122'' (victory of Sadhaura) and 223'' (victory of Chewer Chin). Crowning the Victory Tower is a 30'' dome.

    Three skywalks of Fateh Burj will take you 300 years back and give proud feeling of victory looking at the statues of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his five Generals atop tibbas as they might have stood at that time.The Victory Tower is lit in two parts. The Kharda and Dome is lit by high intensity flood fight. The rest of tower is lit in three stages by Color Reach light controlled by DMX Controller and I — Player to give color changing effect programmable up to 1 lac combinations.

Accomodation

Mystic Meadows (A.A. Farms)

Mohali
Phone:+91 98888585927
Email: rajputaj@gmail.com
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Aura Vaseela

Mohali
Phone: +91 9814300002, +91 9876400199
Email: contact@auravaseela.com
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Sidhu Farm House

Mohali
Phone:+91 172 2725211, +91 9872465441
Email: kuljitsidhu@yahoo.com
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Virsa - The Heritage Farm

Mohali
Phone:+91 9779455601, +91 9872500170, +91 172 2281455
Email: amanchd170@gmail.com
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Tour Operators

Mr. Kuldeep singh
Avtar Travels
122, Sector 9 C, Madhya Marg
Chandigarh 160009
Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali).
Ph. 09872500999, 08872500999, 09915500999, 09814006096
avtartravels@msn.com
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Guides

Mr Harpal Singh

Email ID: chhatbir@hotmail.com
(M)- 98558-08072
MCZP, Chhatbir, VPO Chhatbir,Teh.Derabassi, District S.A.S Nagar, (Pb.)

Mr Neeraj Gupta

Email ID: cwlwpunjab@sify.com
(M)- 94635-96843
805, GF, Sector 33-B, Chandigarh.

Mr Sham Sunder Verma

Email: ssverma678@gmail.com
(M)- 98157-67878
H.No.-678, Phase 3B1, S.A.S.Nagar-160059 (Pb.)

Mr Manu Bala Sandhu

Email : manuilfsets@gmail.com
(M)- 98721-23524
H.No.439, Sector 7, Panchkula (Hr.)

Golf

The Chandigarh Golf Club is justifiably called the cradle of Indian Golf with international pros Jeev Milkha Singh, Amandeep Johl, and Harneet Kahlon and ace amateurs Irina Brar, Gurbaaz Mann, Sandy Lehal and Sujan Singh having honed their skills on its well-maintained greens. The 7,202-yard, par-72 verdant course, with a rich and varied flora, is one of the toughest courses in the country. It is also the singular north Indian course with flood-lit nine holes; a waiting list of a decade stands testimony to its ever-increasing popularity.

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