Chail in Himachal Pradesh is one of India's scenic hill stations, situated at 2250 meters above sea level. This hill station is located 49 kilometers from Shimla, another major hill town in the country. It houses the world's highest cricket ground at an elevation of 2444 meters above sea level, along with a Polo ground owned by the Royal family of Patiala. Snuggled amid beautiful Chir Pine and Deodar forests, Chail gives a beautiful view of river Sutlej meandering down the valley and an 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 1893 Former Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh discovered this paradise next to Shimla after being banished during the British rule in India. The Maharaja converted this picturesque hamlet into 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. We offer a wide range of well-crafted Chail tour packages with which you can explore this beautiful hill station. You can design the packages according to your requirements. Book a tour with us and embark on a memorable vacation.
Tourist Attractions in Chail
Chail Palace was built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh. He built his summer retreat after being exiled from Shimla by a British Officer. The palace was built in 1891 and spread across 70 acres of land. Today, the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel spread across the lush greenery 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 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 foliage, native animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Deer, Barking Deer, Red Monkey, Leopard, and other species like Rhesus, Macaque and a lot more.
Chail has the world's highest cricket ground at an 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. So 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 Rajmata's Cottage, after the goddess Kali. You can get a beautiful view of the surrounding Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni Peak. Trekking to the temple is also an interesting activity.
The Sikh temple, commonly known as the Gurudwara Sahib, was built in 1907. 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 Baisakhi and Guruparab. Another festival that 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 allure. 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. Horse riding and short treks into the surrounding hills enchant visitors in summer. Winter alluring enthusiast of skiing and tobogganing as the region is blessed with a carpet of snow.
Fagu lies off the beaten track and is ideal for getting away from crowds. Enjoy a peaceful quiet day out, savor the refreshing bliss of nature, enjoying the most breathtaking views of the surroundings.
How to Reach
Chail is very close to Shimla, therefore Jubbarhatti 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 must keep five hours in hand to reach Kandaghat, Chail from Kalka.
Direct roadway and highways are available to reach Chail from Delhi. However, you must take a bus to Kandaghat, 29 km from the Chail. State-owned, deluxe, and semi-deluxe buses and cabs are available to Chail from Shimla, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Traveling by road to Chail is smooth and comfortable.
Best time to visit Chail
The best time to visit Chail is from March to July. Until July, Chail is blessed with mesmerizing greenery. The weather is blissfully perfect. After July, Chail experiences monsoon, and the rain comes 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.