Chail is a popular hill station located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located on ‘Sadh Tiba Hill‘ at a height of 2,250 metres above the sea level. when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was facing an exiled from Shimla, he decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail.
Chail was surrounded by a thick cover of the forests of chir pine and majestic, soaring deodars. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here.
The Chail Palace was built in 1891, the Maharaja’s palace is set in approximately 75 acres and has a truly regal setting with spectacular views. A wide variety of cottages, suites and rooms with different tariffs can accommodate every visitor who wish to savor this majestic hill station.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers and offers a opportunity to observe the indigenous flora and fauna of the region. Species found in the sanctuary include the Indian muntjac, leopard, crested porcupine, panther, wild boar, goral, sambar, and European red deer.
When Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had started building his palace, It is believed, a ‘sidh’, saintly person appeared in the Maharaja’s dream, and declared that the site the Maharaja had chosen was where he had meditated and was buried underneath, so his peace should not be disturbed. Consequently, Bhupinder Singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot. This temple is known as the ‘Sidh Baba ka Mandir’.
Hiking, fishing and horse riding are the major activities here. Chail also offers the possibility of trekking. Several trek routes lead out of Chail up to the Choor peak and to Shimla. Skiing is possible at Narkanda during winters. The Giri River at Gaur (29 km) is ideal for fishing. Chail is also famous for the world’s highest cricket ground, was built in 1893 by leveling an entire hill and is perched at a height of 2,144m.
Best time to visit Chail
Chail is pleasant in summers and cold in winter. The best time to visit Chail is during the month April to October.
How to reach Chail
Chail by Air
The Jabarhatti airport of Shimla is the nearest airport to Chail, at a distance of 72 kilometers. Apart from this, Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 113 kilometers via NH 22.
Chail by Railways
Kalka railway station is the nearest railway station to Chail, located at a distance of around 81 kilometers via National Highway 22. Well connected with major Indian cities.
Chail by Road
Chail has decent connectivity through road. Chail is at a distance of 45 kilometers from Shimla by road via Kufri. It is at a distance of 61 kilometers from Shimla via Kandhaghat. Bus services from Shimla, Delhi and Chandigarh are there on regular bases.