States of India
Altitude : 2,150 m above sea level
Temperature : Bracing throughout the year.
Best Season : April-June/October-November.
Clothing : (Summer/Winter) Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens.
This idyllic Hill Station, set amidst scented forests of pine and deodar, was once the summer resort of the maharajas of Patiala. Located on a wooded spur, Chail (2,150 m) overlooks the Sutlej Valley. Shimla and Kasauli are also visible and at night their twinkling lights seem part of the starlit sky.
The palace of the maharajas, built in the late 19th century and the pretty cottages of the complex - that once accommodated the ADCs and guests of the royal party - are now part of a charming holiday resort.
Chail has lobely walks and trails that meander through the dense pine forests - the home of barking deer, wild boar, pheasant and a variety of birds. Forest rest houses make overnight halts possible. For those interested in sports, Chail has fine tennis and squash courts and a putting green. There are excellent spots along the River Gaura with opportunities for anglers to tangle with the Himalayan mahaseer. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world - 2,250 m above sea level.
Places to see :
Chail is a beautiful hill station and a popular resort. The deodar and oak forests and grasslands around the town are part of the sanctuary. One can see sambhar, ghoral and cheer phesants at Blossom and Jhaja - where there are pheasant breeding centres. Barking deer and khalij pheasant are often spotted at dusk and dawn in the sanctuary. Treks from Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja are popular.
Getting There & Away
Air : Nearest airports are Shimla and Chandigarh.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Kalka (86 Km).
Road : Accessible by road from Kalka via Kandaghat which is 32 Km short of Shimla, on the Kalka - Shimla Highway. Kandaghat - Chail is 29 Km.