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Chail - Location
Chail is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a small hamlet with natural setting free from fast life, pollution and concrete jungles.
Chail - Weather
Although Chail is attractive and inviting all the year round, yet the best time to visit this hill resort is in the months of May- July and September-November. The summers are cool and provide relief from the hot and humid summers of north India. The forests full of greenery in the autumns.
Chail - Origin
According to the folk tales of the region, maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the wrath of Lord Kitchener, the Commander-in-Chief in the year 1891 resulting in the ban on the entry of the king to Shimla, the summer capital of the British. Angered by this, Maharaja planned to develop a new and much better summer retreat for himself. He found Chail, a small village near Shimla, the perfect place to develop as the summer capital. The village was developed according to the needs and requirements of the maharaja. A palace was also built for the king, which was taken over by the Himachal Pradesh Development Corporation in 1972 to convert it into a hotel. Chail is a Honeymooner's Paradise.
Chail - To See
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh developed a cricket field in Chail. It the highest cricket ground in the world and is very well-maintained. The pitch provides a picturesque view of the neighboring areas. Chail itself provides a splendid view of the entire valley and the river Sutlej twisting and turning between the mountains. The hill station is a perfect place for nature lovers and those who want to escape for maddening of the city life. One can have the view of the snow, which remains there till the beginning of the spring. The forests of pines, deodars and rhododendrons are fun to explore as they emit sweet smell of their own.
While at Chail, one must see the Palace of the Maharaja built on three hills. The Palace is on the Rajgarh Hill. A British resident once habited the Residency Snow View. it is on the Pandean Hill from where you can have a spectacular view of the snow. Sabba Tibba is on the third hill. It is the township of Chail. The palace was the summer palce of the Maharaja and therefore equipped with all the luxuries required by the king while relaxing. There are hunting and fishing lodges, which are worth visiting.
The forest area near Chail was made into the Wildlife Sanctuary on 21st March 1976. It is near the town and is worth a visit. It covers an area of 10,854.36 hectares.
Chail - Adventure
You can indulge in adventure sports while on holiday in the hill resort of Chail. Angling can be done in the Gaura river, which is full of Mahseer fish. There are quite a few high-altitude trekking routes for trekkers. The trek routes also provide scenic views all through the way. The trek routes are the Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Rajgarh and Chur Chandini and Chail-Shimla via Junga. There are areas where you can just stroll around and absorb the beauty of nature at its best.
By Road: Chail is approximately 86 km from Kalka. One has to take a detour from Kandaghat to reach Chail. The journey from Kalka to Kandaghat takes about 5 hours. From Kandaghat to Chail, it is one and half hour's journey.
By Rail: You can reach Kalka from Shimla by Kalka-Shimla toy train. The train passes through thick forests, dark tunnels, bends and ravines.
By Air: there is an option to fly to Shimla from Delhi.
Chail - Accommodation
Chail is a small town. It has a few hotels, which caters to the need of all types of budgets. You can have the taste of all verities of food in Chail from North and South Indian to Chinese and Continental.