Ranked 3 among Places to Visit in Chail
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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.
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