Chail (former summer capital of Patiala) is 43kms from Shimla is a city in Himachal Pradesh. The place is well known for the cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,144m. The ground has the world's highest cricket pitch. Chail is also considered as the hiker's paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.
In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener. It
led to the restriction of his entry into the summer capital, Shimla. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer capital for himself. So he rebuilt the
place (Chail) as per his requirements.
The place is surrounded by the forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. Shimla and Kasauli can also be viewed at night from here by overlooking Satluj River.
Chail Sanctuary - is located at Chail, a hill station which is abode of wildlife.
One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja. Barking deer
and Kalijin are seen during dusk and dawn.The best time to visit is from March
It is spread in an area of 110 kmÂ². Chail
Sanctuary has a vast forest cover. In 1976,
Chail wildlife sanctuary was identified and it
was declared as a protected area under
government consideration. The Chir Pheasant
breeding and rehabilitation programme has been launched in 1988. There is a
dense cover of Oak and Pine, apart from the other major grassland covers in the
Ground - Surrounded by thick
forests of deodar, a well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest
cricket ground in the world. It was built in 1893. This ground located at an
altitude of 2,144m is also used as polo ground.
Military School - It has
beautiful buildings and mostly resides on the ancient buildings made by
Maharaja of patiala.
Palace - Built in 1891, the
Maharaja's palace is set in approximately 75 acres and has a truly regal
setting with spectacular views. A wide variety of cottages, suites and rooms with
different tariffs can accommodate every visitor who wish to savor this majestic
hill station. The suites, rooms and cottages are sumptuously furnished with
ornate and antique furniture and wall to wall carpeting with fire place. You
will be treated as Prince over there.
BABA KA MANDIR - (1.5 km) -
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh originally began building his palace at this site. It
is said that a Sidh - saintly person - appeared before the Maharaja in dream
and declared that this was the place where he had this temple built.
AND FISHING - A dozen or so
trek routes lead out of Chail.
Trails lead upto the Choor Peak and to Shimla.
There is fishing on Giri river at Gaura,
29 km away.