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Maitri is India's second permanent research station in Antarctica as part of the Indian Antarctic Programme The name was suggested by the then PM Mrs Indira Gandhi who was assassinated a month before the expedition left the shores of India on 03 Dec 1984 Work on the station was first started by the Indian Expedition which landed there in end Dec 1984, the team was led by DR B B Bhattacharya I, Sqn Ldr DP Joshi, the surgeon of the team, was the first camp commander of the tentage at camp Maitri It was built and finished in 1989, shortly before the first station Dakshin Gangotri was buried in ice and abandoned in 1990–91 Maitri is situated on the rocky mountainous region called Schirmacher Oasis It is only 5 km away from Russian Novolazarevskaya Station


  • 1 Facilities
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The station has modern facilities to carry out research in various disciplines, such as biology, earth sciences, glaciology, atmospheric sciences, meteorology, cold region engineering, communication, human physiology and medicine It has a capacity to accommodate 25 people for winter Fresh water is provided through a fresh water lake named Lake Priyadarshini, in front of Maitri

See also

  • List of Antarctic research stations
  • List of Antarctic field camps


  1. ^ "Maitri" 70south Retrieved 2009-04-13 

External links

  • National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research NCAOR of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of Government of India
  • Earth sciences portal
  • Antarctica portal
  • India portal

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