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Chail Travel Guide
The former 'summer capital' of Patiala, Chail is 43 km from Shimla and shining amidst the lush green setting. At 2,250m, it has the world's highest cricket pitch and a polo ground, the old palace, now a hotel and the possibility of some mind tickling attractions.
Chail is trekker's paradise. The area is very pleasant away from the busy buzz and bustle of Shimla. 3 km from the hotel is the worlds highest Cricket ground. Close by is a National Park, which has number of birds and deers.
In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rivalry of Lord Kitchener, the then Commander-in-Chief. As a result, he was restricted entry into the summer capital of the royalty, Shimla. This irritantly teased the Maharaja and he decided to build a new and better summer capital for himself. He looked around and after quite some time realized it had all the while been in his possession. Chail, a little village close to Shimla, was a slice of heaven surrounded by lush green forests with a commanding view of the snow-capped Himalayas. He rebuilt the city according to his requirements and built himself a wonderful palace. The scenic resort located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars.
Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, and the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on the third hill Sadh Tiba where Chail is situated. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world. Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine. On the other side of the town are situated the massive Himalayan ranges spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered every thing under it. Accommodation options vary in Chail from luxurious hotels such as HPTDC's Palace Hotel to budget hotels, cottages and tourist lodges, which are available at reasonable prices.
Prime Attractions of Chail
Chail Sanctuary: Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists. The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. Chail sanctuary was notified on 21st March 1976 near Chail Town in district Shimla and covers an area of 10,854.36 hectares.
Palace Hotel: The little 'hill station' of Chail came into being when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was banished from Shimla, the 'summer capital' of British India, after a dalliance with the Commander-in-Chief's daughter in the late 19th century.
Cricket Ground: Surrounded by gigantic deodar and well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. Built in 1893, this cricket pitch located at the height of 2,144m is also used as polo ground.
Maharaja's Palace: The magnificent Rajgarh palace, with elaborate furnishings, built in 1891. With comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a children's park, a `lovers hill', and sports facilities, Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term.
Sidh Baba Ka Mandir: Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had originally intended this to be the site of his palace, and had even started building it, but as is believed, a 'sidh', saintly person appeared in the Maharaja's dream, and declared that this was the place where he had meditated. Consequently, Bhupinder Singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot.
Best time to visit Chail: May - July and September - November is considered to be the best time to visit chail.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is at Chandigarh, 112 km away.
Road: Chail is well connected by road network. There are buses and tourist taxis to Chail from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Shimla and Kandaghat.
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