One would always prefer visiting Manali or Shimla, but have you ever thought of visiting the summer capital 'Chail' of Patiala's Maharaja Adhiraj Bhupinder Singh. This hill station is well-known for its remarkable history.
From Shimla, Chail is just 49 kilometres away. Chail appears as a peaceful and calm place because it is far away from Shimla's hustling-bustling life. This hill station is located in the state of Himanchal Pradesh in Solan. It is very close to Kandaghat Mandal.
Chail is located at a higher altitude than Shimla. Due to this, one and enjoy the glance of snow-covered Himalayan ranges which appear as lit during the sunset and sunrise. This small hamlet is surrounded by gigantic and big deodar trees and chir pine forests.
Chail was called as the perfect village covered with thick and majestic deodar trees and a soothing scented smell of the pine trees around. With the crisp air around, Chail is like Mother Nature's most loved child. This little village has never heard of deforestation and pollution ever.
Chail has a very well-known architectural palace, where Patiala's royal family lived. This palace now functions as a hotel. With the blue clouds, lush greenery and hills, Chail is a favourite honeymoon spot. This 'slice of heaven' has the magic to turn you poetic and transforms you into the most romantic person.
One can reach Chail from Kalka, which is about 86 kilometres via Kandaghat. The total distance from Delhi is roughly 380 kilometres. Kandaghat, one would take one and a half hour to Chail by road. Buses leave on regular intervals from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla to Chail.
Best Time to visit
Chail is considered as an ideal tourist spot for summers as well as winters. The best is considered to be between May and July, and September and November. During monsoon, the rainfall here is average.
Places to see in and around Chail
- Maharaja's cricket and polo ground- Chail has the world's tallest cricket ground at 2444 metres altitude. It is also a polo field. The ground is very well maintained and huge pine and deodar trees surround it. This ground located at an altitude of 2444 m. The Military School of Chail uses this ground as a playground.
- Valley- Chail's palace is built on the Rajgarh Hill and the main village is situated on Sabba Tibba hill. If you overlook the valley or river of Satluj you can view Kasauli and Shimla at night from Chail.
- Mountains and peaks- The view to mountains and peaks from Chail is extremely mesmerizing. The Shivalik range looks breathtaking during winters when the sun rises and sets. One can keep gazing at it for hours together. The hill tops are covered with snow till beginning of springs.
- Chail Palace- The hotel turned palace is a must see place here. The village of Chail is built on three different hills- Rajgarh; Pandhewa and Sabba Tibba hill. The Maharaja made sure that he would make Chail a better place than Shimla and never left on a single detail while planning it. He had built lodges for his relaxation; fishing and hunting which are now open to the tourists.
- Sadhupul Sanctuary (3 kilometres)- This sanctuary has various wild animals and is a must see for the tourists. Animals like sambahr and ghoral along with red jungle fowl and kakkar can be seen here.
How to Reach Chail
Nearest Railway Station
The nearest railway station to Chail is Kalka. One can cover the Kalka-Shimla lane by a toy train. One needs to keep five hours in hand to reach Kandaghat from Kalka.
Chail does not have big shopping complexes, but has only a few small shops. This being India?s smallest hill station, you cannot get much opportunity to shop around the village. However, you can shop for warm clothes at Chail like shawls, caps, scarves and woollens.
Last Updated on : 15/10/2013