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General Information about chail

Chail is a quiet hill station close to Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees.

Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, known as a hiker's paradise, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world's highest cricket and polo grounds and has a luxurious resort situated on three hilltops. Once the summer capital of the Patiala Kings, the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination. This is the quintessential destination for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the more bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state. Being the summer capital of the majestic kings of Patiala, the most famous place to visit in Chail is their palace which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. One must also visit the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and the famous cricket ground.

Ahaven for hikers, Chail is the perfect weekend getaway destination from Delhi about 333 kms. A beautiful hill station around 49 km from Shimla, Chail is enclosed by the pine and deodar forests. The former summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, Chail is placed on three small hills- Pandhewa, Rajgarh and Sadh Tiba hills. This town bustles with high tourist activity. Family vacationers and honeymooners visit Chail to get away from the hectic city life and enjoy lush greenery, which is sprinkled all around. Apart from natural beauty, the town is also dotted with a number of tourist attractions. If you love adventure sports, you can indulge in angling, nature walks, trekking, hiking and horse riding.

Chail has a handful of restaurants and local Dhabas. One can try some local Himachali cuisines here too. Other than these the options for food here tend to be somewhat limited. Hence tourists covering Chail along with Shimla should make their base as Shimla only. Shimla has a huge range of restaurants which serve different cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental etc and the options for food there are countless. Surprisingly, though, one may not find a lot of places in Shimla which serve the local Pahadi food.


Connectivity :

By Rail : The nearest railhead to Chail is at Kalka, which is located at a distance of 86 km. To reach Chail, you can hire a taxi or can go on-board a bus The railway station in Chandigarh is another option, about 95 km away. Both these railway stations receive regular trains from Delhi.

By Air : Jubbarhati Airport in Shimla is the nearest airport from Chail, which is located at a distance of around 63 km away. This airport is well connected to Delhi through regular flights. You can hire a taxi or a jeep from the airport to Chail.

By Road : Renting a taxi is the best option. Chail is around 333 km from Delhi, via Chandigarh and Solan. Take this road. Then the road from here takes you to Kandaghat, which is around 18 km and you finally reach Chail from here. The distance between Kandaghat and Chail is just 29 km. You can also go for state-run buses or Chartered buses.


Food here tend to be somewhat limited. Hence tourists covering Chail along with Shimla should make their base as Shimla only. Shimla has a huge range of restaurants which serve different cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental etc and the options for food there are countless. Surprisingly, though, one may not find a lot of places in Shimla which serve the local Pahadi food.


An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1: At leisure enjoy the surroundings.
Day 2: Leave for local sightseeing in Chail after breakfast. Visit the Chail cricket ground, located at an altitude of 2444 m, it is the highest cricket ground in the world. Then, visit the Maharajas?s palace, the palace was built in 1891 and is famous for its royal architecture and design. Later, enjoy horse riding on the snowy slopes of Chail. Back to hotel. Dinner and stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Chail wildlife sanctuary, located at an elevation of 2180 m, the sanctuary is home to various kinds of mammals and birds. Visit the Kali Tibba temple, trek to the Kail Tibba temple which is located on the top of mountain Blossom. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali and offers the panoramic view of the Shivalik ranges. Back to hotel.
Day 4: Check-out from the hotel after breakfast.


Few Places of Interest

Chail Palace
Erected by the Maharaja of Patiala, Maharana Ranjit Singh, the splendid Chail Palace was a former lodging place for the British. Spread in 75 acres of land, this palace was built in 1891, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
The former hunting grounds of the Royal Kingdom of Patiala, Chail forest became a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1976. With a varying altitude of 701 meters to 2180 meters above the sea level, this sanctuary is home to some exotic animal and bird species.

Gurudwara Sahib
Erected in the year 1907 on the Pandhawa hills, Gurudwara Sahib is a small but beautiful religious site, which is visited by the locals as well as the tourists. This yellow-color Gurudwara is placed in a beautiful well-manicured lawn.


Kali Ka Tibba
An ancient temple in Chail, Kali Devi temple is flocked by a large number of devotees every year. Kali Devi is the residing deity of Chail. This temple also offers a nice view of the surroundings.

Siddh Baba Ka Mandir
Sidh Baba Ka Mandir is one of the most popular religious places in Chail. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh built this temple and dedicated it to a saint who came in his dream. This temple site, originally chosen for making a palace, offers amazing views of the surrounding area.

Cricket Ground
Chail cricket ground is popular as being the highest cricket ground in the world, which is located at an altitude of 2144 meters above the sea level. Surrounded by pine and deodar trees, this playground was commissioned in 1893, by the Maharaja of Patiala. This ground is also used for playing polo.

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