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Chail Tourism

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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The perfect Summer retreat

The former summer capital of Patiala, Chail was built by the former Maharaja of Patiala after he was banished from Shimla. Since its foundation in the year 1893, Chail has been an attraction for both adventure lovers and for the tourists seeking a soulful vacation with the beauty of Shivalik ranges. Chail also offers various trekking and camping options to the adventure enthusiasts. Located on the banks of river Sandhupul, Chail also offers various camping options on the river side.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chail

Chail has a handful of restaurants and local Dhabas. One can try some local Himachali cuisines here too. Other than these the options for food here tend to be somewhat limited. Hence tourists covering Chail along with Shimla should make their base as Shimla only. Shimla has a huge range of restaurants which serve different cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental etc and the options for food there are countless. Surprisingly, though, one may not find a lot of places in Shimla which serve the local Pahadi food.
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Suggested Itinerary

Chail could be visited just for the day from Shimla. For such a trip, leave Shimla in the morning for Chail, reach by noon time. Enjoy local sightseeing including the Chail Palace and cricket ground and leave for Shimla again by evening. However, if you wish to stay in Chail, you can follow the following itinerary

Day 1: Assuming you are staying in Shimla, take a local cab and leave for Chail in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel in Chail.
Day 2: Leave for local sightseeing in Chail after breakfast. Visit the Chail cricket ground, located at an altitude of 2444 m, it is the highest cricket ground in the world. Then, visit the Maharajas?s palace, the palace was built in 1891 and is famous for its royal architecture and design. Later, enjoy horse riding on the snowy slopes of Chail. Back to hotel. Dinner and stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Chail wildlife sanctuary, located at an elevation of 2180 m, the sanctuary is home to various kinds of mammals and birds. Visit the Kali Tibba temple, trek to the Kail Tibba temple which is located on the top of mountain Blossom. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali and offers the panoramic view of the Shivalik ranges. Back to hotel.
Day 4: Check-out from the hotel after breakfast.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Less crowded than other tourist locations in Himachal Pradesh. Chail is closer to nature. Weather is pleasant all around the year.

What's Not So Great?

Weather becomes harsh in the month of December and January. Not a lot of things to do here in Chail.

For Whom?

An ideal destination for the honeymoon couples. Chail is also good for people visiting Shimla and looking for a short excursion.

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How To Reach Chail

Chail is very close to Shimla (47 km) and taxis and buses are available from Shimla to reach here. The nearest major raiway station is in Kalka, which is 77 kms away. However, toy train runs from Kalka to Shimla and one can take that to reach Shimla. One can also take a bus or a taxi from Kalka to reach Chail. The nearest airport is also in Shimla in the Jubbarhatti area, which is around 63 km from Chail.

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Q. Can we use our tent at this location. I mean if there are safe locations around.

KP Singh 5 months ago
Yes, you can. You can visit local jungle nearby and do the camping. But, beware there are wild animals in that jungle and nobody will be near to your location. I have done it few years ago and enjoyed a lot. Also, make sure to equip yourself with proper clothes because at nights temperature drops.

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