Chail Tourism, Chail Travel Guide, Chail Tour

About Chail

Chail is a picturesque hill station, located at a height of 2250 m above sea level. It is one of the smallest Himalayan hill resorts, set amidst thick forests of chir pine and deodars. Chail is just 41 km away from Shimla, from where tourists can enjoy an enchanting view of Shimla and Kasauli at night. Chail has a significant historical past; it was formerly the summer capital of Patiala. Chail was explored by Maharaja of Patiala. It is said that when Bhupinder Singh (Maharaja of Patiala) was expelled from Shimla by Lord Kitchener, he decided to create his own summer capital and that was Chail. 

Chail is one of the popular hill stations in India; it is also considered as the hiker’s paradise. Chail is pleasant in summers and cold in winter. There are possibility of some fishing and trekking. Several trek routes lead out of Chail up to the Choor peak and to Shimla. Skiing is possible at Narkanda during winters. The Giri River at Gaur (29 km) is ideal for fishing. Chail is also famous for the world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground. Chail is 86 km from Kalka via Kandaghat and 41 km from Shimla via Kufri.

History of Chail

Chail, a tiny resort in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh, has interesting history. The British Government annexed Chail from the Gurkha General Amar Singh in 1814; later, it was gifted by the British Government to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. The present Chail is spread over an area of 72 acres on three adjacent hills- the Rajgarh Hill, the Pandhawa Hill and the Siddh Tibba.

Chail was a sleepy but beautiful little mountain village till the 19th century. It came into existence in 1893, when the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala decided to create a new summer capital after banishing from Shimla for eloping with Lord Kitchener’s daughter; Lord Kitchner was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army at that time; he banned the entry of Bhupinder Singh into the British summer Capital of Shimla. Therefore, Maharaja decided to build himself a new summer Capital better than Shimla and that was Chail. The British Government had already gifted him Chail. Chail has everything with the majestic snow capped shivalik peaks in the background and the beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys that Shimla doesn’t. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary once served as the hunting ground of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. After independence, it is developed as a tourist destination.

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