Explore Chail without fail The small hill station in Shimla
The former summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is a very beautiful hill station located 63 km from Shilma in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh Chail is spread across three hillocks — Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba, covering an area of over 72 acres. Overlooking the valley of Sutlej, it enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail also offers magnificent and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks both, Kasauli and Shimla (45 km).
Chail was a sleepy little mountain village till its transformation in 1893. It was founded by the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh. Banished from entering Shimla for eloping with the daughter of Lord Kitchner, the then Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army, the Maharaja resolved to build himself a new summer capital better than Shimla. The Maharaja ensured that Chail matched Shimla in every way. Majestic snow-capped Shivalik peaks, beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys cast a spell on everyone.
Chail Palace: Built in 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s (Maharaja of Patiala) 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 wishes to savor this majestic hill station. Chail Palace a beautiful palace with ornate furniture, charming cottages, delightful log huts, thick forests and quiet walks, a ‘lovers hill’, an orchard of its own, elegant lawns, badmintion and lawn tennis, billiards and even a children’s park.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary: A former hunting ground of the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is amongst the lesser known wildlife sanctuaries in the country. It is situated 63 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Chail is one of the most well maintained wildlife sanctuaries and houses a rich collection of flora and fauna.
Situated in the Himalayan ranges at a height of 7152 feet, Chail boasts of salubrious climate, magnificent views and a rich cover of greenery. The sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.
The wildlife sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Chail that overlooks the Sutlej Valley. Along with Shimla and Kufri, Chail forms the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of fauna and flora. Some of the most popular animal species of the park includes European red deer, wild boar, goral, spotted deer, sambar, common langur, Himalayan black bear, flying squirrel, Indian porcupine, etc. The European red deer was introduced in the park by the then Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, almost hundred years ago
The park is also home to a variety of birds. Chir pheasant and khalij pheasant are the most popular birds that can be sighted in the sanctuary. Golden eagle and grey headed flycatcher flying in the sky offer a majestic sight.
The sanctuary is also home to a wide range of flora. One can find a large number of pine and oak trees in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CHAIL
There are a several options for accommodation in Chail. Kandaghat has numerous hotels and resorts providing budget accommodation. You can also find a few mid-range hotels and resorts in Chail providing quality service. Palace Hotel, a heritage hotel, of the erstwhile royal palace of the Maharaja of Patiala, is a good option for luxury stay.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN CHAIL
Apart from a few local dhabas in Lower Market serving basic Indian meals, there aren’t too many eating options in Chail. Almost all the hotels in Chail have in-house restaurants that serve Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies.