About Chail

Chail is a quiet hill station close to Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, known as a hiker's paradise, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world's highest cricket and polo grounds and has a luxurious resort situated on three hilltops. Once the summer capital of theÊPatialaÊKings, the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination. This is the quintessential destination for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the more bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state. Being the summer capital of the majestic kings of Patiala, the most famous place to visit in Chail is their palace which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. One must also visit the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and the famous cricket ground.

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Places to Visit in Chail

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Palace Hotel

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful city of Chail, the Palace Hotel is situated in the middle of 75 acres of exquisite lawns and gardens. This premium heritage hotel provides numerous living options with a restaurant cum bar serving the most delicious International as well as Indian food. The rooms are furnished with carpets and high-class wooden furniture. There is a billiard's area, lawn tennis, and children's park situated in the hotel. Not only that, there are meeting halls with the latest technology equipment, doctor on call, laundry services, front desk and superb room service round the clock. This amazing palace is covered with royal furniture, captivating log huts, charming cottages, thick forests, a private orchard and what not. One can go for a quiet walk around the hotel admiring the beautiful nature or visit what is known as the lover's hill nearby. The thick forests inside are going to make you feel fresh and break away from the daily monotonous life. You are going to enjoy your stay in the palace as each picturesque cottage, and every warm log hut is going to make your holiday very memorable.

Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Chail wildlife sanctuary

Previously a hunters' reserve for the royal residing in Chail, this area was declared a wildlife sanctuary by the Government in the year 1976. This sanctuary has a myriad species of birds and animals. Some of these unique species include the Indian Munjtac, Leopard, Wild Boar, Garal among many others as well as Sambhar, Red Jungle Fowl, Kakkar etc. The best time to visit for the sanctuary is from March, and all the way to October.

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City Shopping

You might not find many elaborate shopping centers here. However there are a few specialty items in the area that you can buy. These include jams and jellies from the freshest fruits of the area, hand made shoes, hand made rugs and carpets, woolen garments especially pashmina shawls, apple and plum wines as well fruit squashes.

Experience Time: 31 minutes-1 hour

Distance: 2 kms

Kali Temple

The temple is a popular religious spot in Chail and is also known for some breath-taking views and sceneries as well as for trekking, popular in this area.

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Horse riding

In the inhospitable terrain of Kufri, the only means of transport to reach the highlands is horse-riding. This activity is fun and completely safe. Enroute to the tourist park one can enjoy the apple orchards and the view of the mountains ahead.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Cricket Ground

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh made Chail his summer capital, and as he was a cricket enthusiast, he built a cricket ground here, on the top of a hill. This made Chail, the proud home to the highest cricket ground in the world. The cricket pitch was developed after levelling a large hilltop. Situated at an altitude of 2,444 meters above sea level, the cricket ground is also used as a polo ground. This field is now maintained by the Army since it is located in the Cantonment area. Civilians are not allowed to enter the ground, though one can look and walk around the area. Located in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh, the Chail Cricket Ground was established in 1893 but was properly developed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. The location of the ground is immensely beautiful as it is surrounded by lush green forests. It is currently used as the school playground of Chail Military School. During the school vacations, it is often used as the polo ground. The ground is well equipped for sports other than cricket as well. It is the world's highest cricket ground and even has a well maintained Basketball Court along with goal posts for football. The cricket ground is nestled among the enormous deodar vegetation and is one of the most famous cricket stadiums in India. It lies at an approximate height of 7,500 feet above sea level in the laps of the beautiful hill station of Chail. The ground also has an ancient tree house at one of its corner, which was supposedly built by the Maharaja himself. Travellers visiting the Chail Cricket Ground can get a peek at some nearby attractions as well. These attractions include Sutlej Valley, Shimla, and Kasauli. The Chail Palace is also very popular among the masses due to its marvelous architecture. Chail is also known as the hiker's paradise.

Experience Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Sidh Baba ka Mandir

This temple was built by Maharaja Bhupender Singh, when a saint visited him in his dream and told him about the place being his place of meditation. On this, the construction of the palace over the area was stopped and this temple was built which assumes immense religious significance amongst the locals.

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Distance: 15 kms

The Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri

This park is one of the most popular and favorite tourist spot in the area. The Himalayan Nature Park is home to various endangered and rare species of flora and fauna, Just a little outside Chail, the park less than an hour of drive away. Some of the species found here are snow leopards and musk deer. The beauty of this national park is also in its massive size, covering the whole of which one must enroll in the 7-8 day trekking trip which starts at the Sai Rops Tourist centre.

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Distance: 15 kms

Gurudwara Sahib

This Gurudwara was constructed in the year 1907, at Padhawa hills. It is a small construction but the exquisite details in the interiors of the structure make it a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

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