Chail
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Brief

Tucked away in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, just 45 kms from Shimla is the beautiful hill station of Chail. Once the Summer Capital of the princely state of Patiala, this quaint little town overlooks Shimla and the surrounding valleys, from its elevated height. It is said that on being banned by the British government from Shimla, Raja Bhupinder Singh decided to build his capital on a hill that is higher than that of Shimla. Hence Chail came into being! Famous for its picturesque views, peaceful environment and natural beauty, Chail is the perfect hill station for relaxing and enjoying a quiet weekend off.Tucked away in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, just 45 kms from Shimla is the beautiful hill station of Chail. Once the Summer Capital of the princely state of Patiala, this quaint little town overlooks Shimla and the surrounding valleys, from its elevated height. It is said that on being banned by the British government from Shimla, Raja Bhupinder Singh decided to build his capital on a hill that is higher than that of Shimla. Hence Chail came into being! Famous for its picturesque views, peaceful environment and natural beauty, Chail is the perfect hill station for relaxing and enjoying a quiet weekend off.

Chail boasts of an arrogance, born out of a snub. Chail became acessible to tourists after the erstwhile Patiala royals handed over their 75 acre property to the government in 1972.

Languages spoken in this region are Hindi, Punjabi, Pahadi and English.

 
Travel Tips

Chail is a beautiful old town that seen an inflow of tourist all around the year. In summers it’s a great place to beat the heat, while adventure sports like skiing and other winter sports attract a lot of travellers during winters. While you’re there enjoy the fresh cool breeze that blows through the town!Chail Bazaar is a quaint little market that sells all the local artefacts and handicraft. Visit the local temple of Sidh Baba kaMandir and be part of local tradition of reverence. Be careful of the monkeys though, since they are in abundance and do not shy away from snatching away your food without any mercy!



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
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Things to do

Chail offers a host of interesting activities for the adventurous traveller. There are a host of adventure sports offered in Chail such as Rock rappelling and Rope Walk. Other more dangerous activities for the hardcore adventure and sports lovers include the Flying Fox, a stunt that gives tourists the feeling of flying! There are trained experts who coach travellers and enthusiasts before they participate. Walking the Tyre Bridge, Bamboo Bridge or Burma Bridge are also popular adventure sports in the area.

There is a lot of sightseeing to do if you are in Chail. Visit the highest point of Chail, Kali kaTibba which is over 7000 m high and take in the mesmerizing view of the Himachali valleys below. The interplay of the clouds with the valleys and rivers below makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. There is also a bright white temple here - a spot that is quite revered as well as popular.

Infact, the world’s highest cricket field is also located in Chail. Situated at a height of over 2,000 m, the Chail cricket field is still well maintained and one of the popular tourist attractions of the town. The field is now a part of the premises of the Chail Military School, another popular attraction due to its royal and beautiful architecture. The Chail Gurudwara is yet another inspiring architectural edifice, built by the Maharaja. Its high wooden ceiling is an architectural wonder, to this day. The Maharaja’s palace, now tuned into a hotel is also a must see! Known as the Chail Palace, it stands out to due to its grandeur and indo-Western style of architecture. If you are interested in wildlife, the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit for you. The Park has a variety of animals found in hills and is an absolute delight for every nature lover.

Chail offers many small hills and amazing views. You can just take a walk down an unknown path and breathe in the cool, clean air and you’ll feel more refreshed than ever. Enjoy the views of Shimla and Kasauli, even as they twinkle in the distance at night.

 
Getting Around

To get around the town you can rent a cab from one of the many rental agencies at Chail. Ask your hotel busboy or receptionist for the best services available. But if you are really keen on sightseeing, you can just walk and reach places, Chail being a small town.

 
Places to Stay

Stay in the home of the former royals at HPTDC The Palace tun by HPTDC. There are so many resorts also which one can avail.

 
How to Reach

  • Chandigarh (112 kms) is the nearest airport. You can rent a car or book one of the regular buses to Chail from there.
  • Kalka, a two hour drive from Chail, is the nearest railhead. There are regular trains to Kalka from all major cities. Also, taxis and buses are easily available at the spot. There is also a toy train from Kalka to Kandaghat, Chail, which takes travellers through picturesque routes and affords a lot of brilliant views.
  • Drive to Chail from Delhi on NH1 to Ambala and NH 22 to Kandaghat via Panchkula, Kalka and Dharampur. There are buses and tourist taxis to Chail from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Shimla and Kandaghat, that will cost you anywhere between Rs 500-Rs 100 depending on the type of bus you opt for. Taxis however, will cost you a little more, varying between Rs 6000 to Rs 10,000 for a one-way trip.

 
Surrounding Attractions

There are various pretty locations around Chail that are popular among travellers. Kufri, just 17 kms away from Chail is yet another fantastic hill station worth a visit. A horseback ride through the hills and valleys of Kufri is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most. The Himalayan Nature Park and Indira Tourist Park are also interesting spots. Solan, another hill station, 38 kms from Chail is again a beautiful spot and definitely deserves a drive through in the least.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary stretching from the Krishna River to Giriganga is this small sanctuary, which includes some 200 villages and has the langur, leopard, brown bear, hog, ghoral, sambar and wild pheasant . According to forest officials one can spot wildlife on the way to Kali ka Tibba and Gauda, besides the stretch between Chail Palace and Jnerghat.

 

 
Emergency No.

Emergency Services – 108
Himachal Pradesh Police - 0177-2628216