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.
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:
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
in 1893, after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch at 2444 m is
the world's highest cricket and polo ground.
kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl, and khalij, cheer pheasants are
some of the inhabitants of the Chail wildlife
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.
between Kandaghat and Chail is the tiny village of Sadhupul, and the
bridge over the Ashwani stream, a popular picnic - spot.
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
nearest airports are at Chandigarh (120 km), and Simla (63
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.