Location : Himachal Pradesh
Attractions : Cricket Ground, Wildlife Sanctuary, Sai Baba Temple
Best Time To Visit : Mid-May to Mid-October.
Where even time takes a pause to standstill, pine scented fresh mountain air to breathe, quite & lonely pathways where you can hear the occasional Hornbill, lush green forests, silent valleys, enchanting glades, brilliant crimson flaming sunsets, floating clouds, misty hills, velvety black nights spread under a canopy woven with glittering jewels, serenity, overwhelming tranquility are what make Chail ‘The Dream Destination'.
Chail, just 45 Kms from Shimla, is a destination for Nature lovers cherishing to getaway from the overcrowded regular tourist spots. This idyllic hill resort, set amidst scented forest of pine and deodar, was once the summer retreat of Maharajas of Patiala. Located even higher than Shimla at 7300 ft ASL, Chail overlooks the glittering lights of Solan, Shimla and Kasauli, which seem to be a part of starlit sky. This little mountainous hamlet combines the charm & beauty of a virgin & peaceful heaven with the splendour & elegance of a princely preserve. Chail is always known for tasteful & opulent style of The Royal House of Patiala.
Chail covers three different hillocks; one having the highest cricket ground in the world (built in 1893) with the backdrop of snow clad Himalayas . Playing cricket here is a great experience in itself provided you must have a few balls to spare in your stock. The second hill houses the Royal Palace built back in 1891 by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh when he was expelled from Shimla by the Britishers. Set in approx. 75 acres of landscaped area, embosomed with towering deodars, the palace has a truly regal setting with spectacular breathtaking vistas all around and the third hill, the highest one is the seat of Sidh Temple dedicated to Sidh Baba which has a very enchanting & interesting legend behind it and as per local myth Sidh Baba is the protector of prosperity of Chail.
The road to Chail bifurcates from Kandaghat (32 Kms before Shimla) on Kalka-Shimla Highway .This 29 Kms road first steeps down to Sadhopul, a beautiful picnic spot with a small ever flowing stream ‘Ashwin River' and then this serpentine road passing through tiny timeless mountainous hamlets, meandering along terraced fields of paddy, climbs uphill lined with pine, oak & deodars and finally reaches to this beautiful, scenic & peaceful resort of Himachal Pradesh.
Chail offers a number of activities i.e. Nature walks through Chail Sanctuary, bird watching, trekking, jungle camp fire, camping and fishing on riverside. The forest around Chail are alive with many species of birds and animals but it is best known for its Scottish Red Deers introduced by Maharaja of Patiala.Chail Sanctuary is also home for barking deers,wild boars and neel gai.
Important Places To See
# World's highest cricket ground (3 kms) # Sidh Temple (2.5 kms) # Kali ka tibba, the sunset point (6 kms) # Sadupul, riverside picnic spot (16 kms) # The Royal Palace of Maharaja of Patiala (1 km)
# Lovers' hill (1.5 kms) # Kufri, the ski resort for skiing, yak riding, skating, mini zoo etc. (25 kms)
# Shilon (19kms) # Chail Sanctuary (4 kms) # Gaura for riverside camping, picnic and fishing in River Giri Ganga (29 kms)
Best Season To Visit
April to June, September & October ( Pleasant )
December to Feburary ( Snow Season )
Light woolens or cotton in summers ( temp 10 C to 25 C)
Heavy woolens in winters i.e.monkey caps, woolen socks, gloves etc. (temp sub zero to 10 C)
How To Getting There
Air : Jubberhatti (65 kms)
Chandigarh (115 kms)
Rail : Shimla ,narrow gauge (45 Kms)
Kandaghat,narrow gauge (29 Kms)
Kalka, broad gauge (90 kms)