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Weekend Getaways from Delhi - Chail
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Happily isolated from the maddening pace of Delhi is Chail, nestled in the midst of lush green pine forests, occupying prime position on three hills. While one side of the picturesque hill station overlooks the Satluj Valley, the other side has the massive Himalayan ranges spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered every thing under it.


The interesting history of Chail started when the flamboyant Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala had a conflict with the British. He was banned from Shimla – the then ‘Summer Capital of the British India’, which resulted is building Chail as his own capital for the warm months. Never one to be left behind, the Maharaja conjured his very own Xanadu, the Chail Palace, a magnificent mansion that overshadowed any resort the British commanded. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world.

Chail is honeymooners’ paradise just 43 km away from Shimla. Thick forests, quite walks while enjoying the scenic beauty, offer moments of sheer seclusion. It’s the place to relax & recharge in peace – no hustle bustle, no mobile beeps and where you have all the time in the world for yourself.

There is also a tiny wildlife sanctuary, sheltering the ghoral, sambhar, cheer pheasants and red jungle fowl, where kids will enjoy. Be it wandering off into the untrodden woods for a peaceful walk or a more strenuous hike up the hillside, or trying some angling in the river nearby – all make your weekend trip worthwhile & relaxing.

Places to See
Chail Sanctuary

Chail Sanctuary: Spread in an area of more than 110 sq. kms, at the foothills of mighty Himalayas, Chail Sanctuary encompasses a vast forest cover. It’s the abode of many animals, mainly goral, red deer, Himalayan black bear, sambar and flying squirrel. Apart from the animals and birds, the main attraction of the sanctuary is the Chir Pheasant breeding farm. The Chail sanctuary can be best explored on foot, as the uneven land does not allow taking a jeep safari in the park.

Palace Hotel: It is an important landmark and preferred place to stay in Chail. It was once a royal mansion, which in 1972 was handed over to Himachal Tourism and later converted into a heritage hotel.

Cricket Ground: Surrounded by gigantic deodar and well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. Built in 1893, this cricket pitch located at the height of 2,144 m is also used as polo ground.

Maharaja's Palace

Maharaja's Palace: Elaborate furnishings of the magnificent Rajgarh palace, built in 1891 is a must visit. With comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a childrens park, a `lovers hill', and sports facilities, Chail is a royal resort in the real sense of the term.

Sidh Baba Ka Mandir:
Originally Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, had intended this to be the site of his palace, 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. Consequently, the Maharaja shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot.

Sadhupul (14 km.): 14-km from Kandaghat is a beautiful tiny village of Sadhupul, and the bridge over the Ashwani stream lies a popular picnic-spot.

Places near Chail

Kufri: An 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 Nature Park, and the exciting trek that leads to the divine Mahasu peak

Places to Stay in Chail

Accommodation options vary in Chail from luxurious hotels such as HPTDC's Palace Hotel to budget hotels, cottages and tourist lodges, which are available at reasonable prices. Check hotels in Chail

How to reach Chail and Best time to go

By Air: The closest airport is at Chandigarh, 112 kms away.

By Rail: The toy train from Kalka to Kandaghat takes 5 hours and chugs through picturesque hills and tunnels.

By Road: Chail is 350 km from Delhi, via Chandigarh and Kalka. The drive to Chail from Shimla is 43 km via Kufri and 61 km via Kandaghat. There are buses and tourist taxis plying to Chail from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Shimla and Kandaghat.

Best Time to Go: April - early July and September - November

About Chail: Chail Information & Fact File
Altitude 2,250 meters
Summer 30 (Max) & 20 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 15 (Max) & -1 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go

April to early July & Sept to November

Monsoon July-August
Summer April to June
Clothing Cottons in summer and woolens in winter
Nearest Airport

Chandigarh, 112 km away

Nearest Railway Station Kalka, 86 km away
Hospital & Doctor Shimla, 43 km away has hopitals well equipped to handle emergencies
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