Chail: In the lap of nature

Himachal Pradesh is the state with a great reservoir of abundant beauty, snow, adventure, thrill and serpentine rivers immersing from the dearth of Himalayas. The land of Himalayas has hidden treasure in every remotest nook and corner of its land.

Chail is one of the wonders in the paradise of Himachal Pradesh vying to charm you with its pristine natural beauty and enigmatic charisma. One step into this quiet hamlet and you witness the majesty of nature.


Location of Chail

The summer retreat of Maharaja of Patiala is nested in the foothills of Himalayan hills. The mesmerising hill-station is often called a ‘hiker’s paradise.’ Located just 63 km from Shimla, Chail is spread across three hillocks – Rajgarh, Pandewa and SadhTiba, over an area of 72 acres.

Located at the mesmerising height of 2250 m above sea level, it is a heaven for tourists to escape mind-numbing restlessness of city life.

Best time to visit Chail

The summer months are most pleasant here and perfect for sight-seeing. A lot of tourists come here during summers, to avoid the scorching heat of summers in the Northern plain. Autumn is also a good time to explore the mesmerising town.

Tourists should avoid visiting here during winters and monsoon as it hinders the normal life of the villagers and the rain brings along the risk of landslide.

So the best months to head towards Chail is April to June for sight-seeing and October to March for witnessing the snowfall.


How to reach Chail?

The idyllic retreat is majestic with its pine-covered hills, lush meadows, tranquil landscapes and lush valleys with clouds floating over. The proximity to Shimla gives it the advantage of good transportation.

  • By air – The nearest airport to Chail is in Chandigarh, about 117 km away. From here you can access a bus or a taxi to reach here.
  • By rail – The Kalka railhead is the nearest railway station, located at a distance of 81 km. Taxi and buses ply for Chail from here.
  • By road – The journey to the majestic beauty of Chail is eye-pleasing. Government-run and private buses are available from neighbouring cities and town like – Shimla, Delhi, Kandaghat and Kalka to reach Chail.

Places to visit in Chail

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd then Chail is your paradisiacal escape.

1) Chail cricket ground –

The small town is the proof of eternal love between Maharaja Bhupinder Singh and Cricket. The town has the world highest cricket ground, situated at an altitude of 7500ft. Tourists are not permitted to enter the ground but are free to click pictures and walk around the park.


2) Kali kaTibba -

A truly marvellous sunset point. Kali kaTibba is located at the top of the hill where the Kali Mata temple is built, thus its name. I can assure you that the sunset view at this point is going to be the most stunning and charismatic sunset you would ever see. Don’t forget to visit the Maa Kali temple nearby.

3) Sadhupul Lake –

If you are visiting Chail with your friends then this is a must-visit location for you. Rejoice your company and nature along with munching on your favourite Maggi and omelette. Sounds cool??

4) Chail Wildlife Sanctuary –

Looking to sight some local vegetation and wildlife? Perched at an altitude of 7,152ft, the wildlife sanctuary offers some spectacular view of diverse flora and fauna.

There are lot many stunning places to visit in Chail. So just get, set and go!!!

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