Chail in Himachal Pradesh is one of the scenic hill stations in India. It is situated at a height of 2250 meters above sea level. This hill station is located at a distance of 49 kilometers from Shimla. It houses world’s highest cricket ground at an elevation of 2444 meters above sea level along with a Polo ground was owned by the Royal family of Patiala. Snuggled in the midst of beautiful Chir Pine and Deodar forests, Chail gives a beautiful view of river Sutlej meandering down the valley and unspoiled backdrop of Shivalik hills. Revel in the picturesque beauty of mountains creating some cherished memories.
Till the 19th century, Chail was a small mountain village in scenic locales of Himachal Pradesh. In the year 1893 Former Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh discovered this paradise next to Shimla after he was banished during the British rule in India. The Maharaja converted this picturesque hamlet to a new summer capital. He built his magnificent abode. For leisure, a Polo ground was created. The wildlife was preserved in the sanctuary. The present day hill station of Chail is one of the most favored hill getaways of the Himachal.
Attractions in Chail
Chail Palace has been built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh. He built his summer retreat after being exiled from Shimla by British Officer. The palace was built in 1891, spread across 70 acres of land. Today, the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel spread across the lush gardenscape offering luxurious accommodations. Run by the Himachal Tourism, it is known to be one of the best heritage hotels in the country. The hotel offers state-of-the best services and amenities which will only make your stay in Chail more and more memorable.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1976, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest in India. Blessed with lush Deodar, Chir Pine and Oak foilage, native animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Deer, Barking Deer, Red Monkey, Leopard, other species like Rhesus, Macaque and a lot more.
Chail has the world's highest cricket ground at altitude of 2,144 m. This cricket ground was built in 1893 to play cricket and Polo. It is till date the ground for some high-adrenalin games.
Siddh Baba Ka Mandir
Siddh Baba Ka Mandir is a mysterious attraction of Chail. The revered temple was built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh when he dreamt of a holy person in his dream. According to his vision, Siddh Baba prohibited building the palace. The Maharaja stopped the construction and built a temple to appease the holy man.
Kali ka Tibba, a temple dedicated to the goddess Kali, is discovered at the top of the mountain Blossom. The mount has been named as Rajmata’s Cottage, as named after the goddess Kali. You can get a beautiful view of the surrounding ShivalikRange and the ChoorChandniPeak from here. Trekking to the temple is also an interesting activity.
The Sikh temple commonly known as the Gurudwara Saheb was built in 1907 and is. Constructed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, it is looked after by the State Department of Art & Culture. The best time to visit the Gurudwara is during the festival season of Baishakhi and Guruparab. Another festival which attracts a number of devotees is the local Sidh Baba mela held annually in June.
Adventures abound in the beautiful hill town of Chail. The most popular activities are Bamboo Bridge River Crossing Activity, Flying Fox, Rope Walking over the tree trunk high above the ground level, Rock Rappelling, Burma Bridge, Cable made bridge for crossing activities, Tyre Bridge and Commando Net and trekking.
Places to visit around Chail
Some of the interesting places to visit around Chail are the hill pleasures of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal; Pradesh has the most tourist allures. Enjoy the city attractions like the Mall, the souvenir shops, and the restaurants.
Kurfi, is well-known for its ski slopes and the picturesque vistas around. The refreshing ambiance is an exciting day trip. In summer, horse riding and short treks into the surrounding hills enchant visitors. Winter alluring enthusiast of skiing and tobogganing as the region is blessed in a carpet of snow.
Fagu lies off the beaten track and ideal to get away from crowds. Enjoy a peaceful quiet day out, savor the refreshing bliss of nature enjoying most breathtaking views of the surroundings.
How to Reach
Chail is very close to Shimla, therefore Jubbarhati airport ((63 kilometers) is the closest. flights in the mountain airport are serviced only when weather conditions are favorable. The other closest airport is Chandigarh (120 kilometers).
The nearest railway station to Chail is in Kalka. Travel the Kalka-Shimla lane by a toy train. One needs to keep five hours in hand to reach Kandaghat, Chail from Kalka.
Direct roadway and highways are available to reach Chail from Delhi. You just need to take a bus at Kandaghat which is 29 km from the Chail. State owned, deluxe and semi deluxe buses as well as cabs are available to reach Chail from Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi. Travelling by road to Chail is smooth and comfortable.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Chail is from March to July. Until the month of July, Chail is blessed with mesmerizing greenery. The weather is blissfully perfect. After July, Chail experiences monsoon and the rain come in frightening density. It is best to avoid the hills as landslides occur in this season. The snowfall starts in October. The mountains are white with snow. Visit any time in the year and enjoy an amazing experience of the mountains.