Location : Himachal Pradesh
Attractions: Cricket Ground, Wildlife Sanctuary, Sai Baba Temple
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 childrens park, a
lover's hill and sport facilities 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
Cricket Ground: Built in 1893, after levelling a hilltop, this cricket
pitch at 2444 m is the world's highest cricket and polo ground.
Wildlife Sanctuary: Ghoral, kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl,
and khalij, cheer pheasants are some of the inhabitants of the Chail
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.
Sadhupul: Halfway 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 - enthusiasts.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airports are at Chandigarh (120 km), and Simla (63
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.