Discovered In :
Altitude : 726m.
Kufri, Naldera Etc..
Best Time To Visit :
Mid-May to Mid-October
Located at a height of 2250 metres Chail is one of the
smallest Himalayan hill resorts. When Bhupinder Singh,
Maharaja of Patiala, was expelled from Shimla, he decided to
create his own summer capital, which was Chail. Lying just
45 kms away from Shimla, surrounded by a thick cover of
deodars and situated at a higher altitude, Chail was a
perfect choice in the British-controlled Shimla.
Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term. Rajgarh
palace with it's elaborate furnishings, comfortable log huts
and cottages, dense forests, and serene walks, sprawling
lawns, a children's park, a lover's hill and sport
facilities for any type of chail tour packages
make chail worth a visit. It also provides good,
opportunities for fishing and trekking and boasts of the
world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground.
Sai Baba Temple:
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. As a result, Bhupinder Singh shifted his
venue and built a temple on the spot.
Built in 1893, after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch
at 2444 m is the world's highest cricket and polo ground.
Ghoral, kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl, and khalij, cheer
pheasants are some of the inhabitants of the Chail wildlife
Kufri: A long and
enjoyable drive through lush forests and quaint villages
takes one to the small but thoroughly popular hill station
of Kufri. Its main attractions are the Himalayan Nature
Park, and the exciting trek and horse rides that leads to
the divine Mahasu peak.
between Kandaghat and Chail is the tiny village of Sadhupul,
and the bridge over the Ashwani stream, a popular picnic -
Several trek routes lead out of Chail up to the Choor peak
and to Simla. During winters, skiing is possible at Narkanda.
The Giri river at Gaura, 29 km away, is ideal for fishing -
Air: The nearest
airports are at Chandigarh (120 km), and Simla (63 km).
Road: From Simla via
Kufri the distance is 45 km and via Kandaghat the distance
is 61 km. Kalka is 86 km away. Regular buses for Chail leave
from Simla, Chandigarh, and Delhi.