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CHAIL IN SUMMER

''Surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, it’s an ideal getaway to relax and rejuvenate''

If you have been to Shimla, head to Chail the next time you plan a quick getaway with your spouse or friends. It’s an ideal holiday retreat if looking for a quick break from the mad rush of a big city. Chail is a tranquil hill station surrounded by snow-laden Himalayas and lush green landscapes. No doubt, it was once the summer capital of the princely state of Patiala. You will get some amazing scenic and stunning views of the surrounding beauty at this place if not anything else. Just be yourself and enjoy!

LOCATION : Chail is located in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is at a distance of about 350 kms from Delhi.

BEST TIME

April to July is the best time to visit Chail in the summer season. If you visit the place around July/August, you can also be a part of the seven-day harvest festival Minjar. Monsoon may not be a good time for trekking and hiking activities, so it’s advisable to plan a trip post monsoon, which is starting September. In winters, the entire place is covered with snow. The place is at an altitude higher than Shimla.

THINGS TO DO

• If carrying your own vehicle, we suggest you to drive up to KALI KA TIBBA, a temple located atop a hill in Chail, for an enthralling hill driving experience. Else, you can hire a local transport too. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali. It’s a beautiful sight up there from where you get exhilarating views of the surrounding mountains. In fact, Shimla and Solan too can be located at a distance from the hill top.

• Another important attraction in Chail is the royal CHAIL PALACE, built as a summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh. The palace is a must visit for its architecture and surrounding locations. The Chail Palace serves as a private mansion in about 75 acres and the entry is now restricted. The Palace is a hit both with honeymooners, families and for conferences. The surrounding pine and deodar trees enhance the beauty of this palace.

• The trek from Chail road to CHAIL CRICKET GROUND is very nice and a must do. It’s one of the highest cricket grounds in the world. Once you reach the top, you can feel chilly winds blowing on your face. Sadly, the ground is not open to tourists as it's now a part of the Army school. But if you can convince some teacher to allow you inside, nothing like it.

• Chail is also rich in flora and fauna. For serious bird-watching, get up early in the morning and head towards CHAIL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. Don’t expect too much of wildlife but you can always spot ghoral, kakkar and sambhar during the early hours of the day. Just take a stroll here, spend some time in solitude and peace, and admire the surrounding nature.

• The GURUDWARA SAHIB was too built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh. This is the only Gurudwara in Chail and serious devotees do not consider the visit to Chail complete without paying homage at this Gurudwara.

HOW TO REACH

If travelling by road, you can directly go to Chail from Delhi via Kandaghat, which is 29kms from Chail. The nearest rail head to Chail is Kalka, which is at a distance of about 86 kms. From here, you can reach the destination via cab or bus. The nearest airport is Jubbar Hati.

STAY IN CHAIL

Here are a few hotels you can check out for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Ekant: 094181 48378

Hotel Grand Sunset: 098914 14727

United-21 Resort Chail: 022 6184 1444

HPTDC Chail Palace: (0177) 2652561, 2658302

Maple Resort: +91 09811663787

Hotel Chail Residency: 099144 70007

Rashi Resorts: 01792 248 732

Moonal Hotel: 011 3290 5173

Tarika's Jungal Retreat: 087250 22280

Chail Inn Hotel: 01792 248 558


Source / Review By : Team Triponomics

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