Chail is an aesthetic and splendid hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India. It once served as the summer capital of His Highness Maharaja Adhiraj Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
Chail is 49 km from Shimla. The Chail Palace is well known for its architectural splendour. The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2, 444 m was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala.
Chail is also assumed to be a hiker’s paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla. Chail casts a spell with beautiful orchids and pine valleys. One gets awestruck to see snow capped Himalayan range glazing amidst the amber rays of the Sun.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh constructed the highest cricket field in the world in Chail. Well-kept and scrupulously maintained, more than the excitement of the game, it is infact the pitch that offers a picturesque view of the surroundings, with tall forest trees surrounding it.
Located on a spur, on a clear day, Chail offers a fantastic and splendid view of the valley. It is an out-of-this-world experience to look down and see the River Sutlej winding its way between the mountains, overlooking at the same time both Kasauli and Shimla (45 km) further via Kufri.
A must see in this place is the palace of the maharaja. Built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, while the Residency Snow View, which was occupied once upon a time by the British Resident, is on Pandhewa Hill. On the third hill, Sabba Tibba, is the township of Chail. The maharaja had planned this palace as a retreat, replete with all necessary things he’d need for relaxation, and therefore, he built hunting and fishing lodges, which are open to the public.
HISTORY OF CHAIL:
Nestling in the shelter of virgin forests which cover many untrodden hills, Chail is a tiny resort in the Shiwalik region of Himachal Pradesh and has interesting history; The British Government annexed Chail from the Gurkha General Amar Singh in 1814, along with Shimla Hills. Later, the British Government gifted Chail, a quiet hamlet, part of the erstwhile Keonthal estate, to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh.
In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener, the then commander-in-chief after he eloped with the latter’s daughter. He was banished from entering the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla. This enraged the Maharaja and he built his summer capital at Chaamitabha boseil, a little village close to Shimla, which ironically was gifted to him by the British earlier.
ATTRACTIONS IN CHAIL
1. CHAIL SANCTUARY: The sanctuary was notified on 21 March 1976 near the town in district Shimla and covers an area of about 10, 854. 36 hectares. The Chail sanctuary has ‘ghoral’, ‘kakkar’, ‘sambhar’, ‘red jungle fowl’ and ‘khalij’ and ‘cheer’ pheasants.
2. CRICKET GROUND: Surrounded by thick forests of deodar, a well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world.
3. CHAIL MILITARY SCHOOL: situated in ancient buildings made by Maharaja of Patiala
EXCURSIONS NEAR CHAIL:
The place is ideally located amidst the tranquil hills of Himalayan range of mountains. The hill station, located at the altitude of 1928 meters, attracts a large number of tourists every year. Forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts encircle Kasauli. Major tourist spots in the hill resort are Monkey Point, Sanawar, and Dharampur. The place is ideal tourist destination during the months of April to September, when climate is salubrious and romantic.
Located at an altitude of 2, 159 meters above sea level, Shimla once served as the summer capital of British Raj. The place is full of green forests of pine, cedar, and oak and offers amazing experience, with its cool breeze. The rejuvenating and revitalizing experience the place offers to traveler is the reason why they come here repeatedly. Shimla has many tourist spots, including Jakhu Temple, Mahatma Gandhi’s Retreat, Annandale playground, Chadwick Falls, Tara Devi Temple, Christ Church, Shimla State Museum, etc.
Located at an elevation of 1445 meters, Solan is called Mushroom City, mainly for it being the major producer of the mushroom in country. This small, but beautiful city was named after the local goddess Shoolini Devi. The place gets heavy snowfall during winters and tourists who want to see and experience snowfall visit every year. The place houses Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni. It has many tourist attractions, including Shoolini Mata Temple and Yungdrung Tibetan Monastery.
Chail lies at a height of 2250 metres above the sea level. The picturesque hill station located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. Chail is built on three hills, the palace is on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa Hill and on the third hill Sadh Tiba where Chail is situated. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here.
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