|Chail Palace||Atop the skyscraping Rajgarh Hill at the elevation of 2,226 meters|
|Kali ka Tibba||Situated atop the ‘Blossom Mountain’ of Chail|
|Sidh Baba Ka Tibba||Sited amidst the picturesque surroundings onto the hill lying between Rajgarh Hill and Pandava Hill|
|Gurudwara Sahib||Found atop the Pandava Hill just 1 kilometer away from the Chail Bazaar|
|Chail Sanctuary||Located at Sadhupul just 5 kilometers from Chail|
|Chail Cricket Ground||Positioned at the distance of about 3 kilometers from the heart of the city|
|Chail Military School||Situated right in the center of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary at the altitude of 2144 meters|
|Shimla||Perched at the altitude of 2205 meters above the sea level and gracefully cuddled up in the bosom of the north-west Himalayan Ranges|
|Kufri||Located just 17 kilometers to the east of the state capital Shimla and nested about 34 kilometers away from Chail|
The mountainous dominion of Chail daintily nuzzled amidst the lofty Shivalik Ranges was seized by the British Government from its erstwhile Gurkha rulers who later gifted it to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh; the King of Patiala. When Maharaja Bhupinder Singh eloped with Lord Kitchener’s daughter in 1891 AD, the infuriated Lord Kitchener; the then ‘Commander-in-Chief’ of the British Indian Army banished Bhupinder Singh from Shimla; the former Summer Capital of the British India. The offended and infuriated King Bhupinder Singh swore that he would build a new summer capital for himself which would excel Shimla in every possible way. A commanding alcazar was constructed by the Maharaja of Patiala atop the skyscraping Rajgarh Hill at the elevation of 2,226 meters above the sea level. The Maharaja’s Palace or the Chail Palace spread over an extensive area of 75 acres served as the royal summer retreat to the Kings of Patiala and the British Officials until the Independence of India. In 1972 AD, the Chail Palace was taken over by the Tourism Department of the Himachal Government and was converted to a luxury heritage hotel. Basking in the glory of its majestic monarchical disposition, the grandiose Chail Palace set up atop the alpine cloud kissed hilltop and ringed by thick pine and deodar forests offers the most spectacular panoramas of the downhill Shimla and Kasauli terrains and the flamboyant Satluj Valley. Exceptionally acclaimed for its aristocratic architectural approach, the Chail Palace Hotel festooned with antique baronial furniture leads us back to the kingly era of the Pre – Independent India. Bequeathed with a wide range of cottages, suites and rooms including the Maharaja and Maharani Suites and other amenities like Children’s Park, badminton, lawn tennis, billiards, etc the Chail Palace Hotel has recently emerged as a premier holiday resort amongst the vacationers and the honeymooners visiting the fairy lands of Chail.
Kali ka Tibba
The term ‘Kali ka Tibba’ literally means the hill (Tibba) of Goddess Kali. Goddess Kali is the violent and furious incarnation of Goddess Shakti (Parvati) who is devoutly worshipped amongst the Hindus as the deity that annihilates the evil forces. The ‘Kali ka Tibba’ of Chail one of the most frequented tourist attractions of this dreamland adds a religious dimension to this romantic getaway in the cradle of ‘Dame Nature’. The Kali Devi Temple situated atop the ‘Blossom Mountain’ of Chail equally beckons the devotees, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts to this holy abode of Mother Kali. The Blossom Mountain derives its laurel from the Rajmata’s Cottage of Chail. From the top of the Blossom Mountain, the most mesmerizing outlooks of the far flung Shivalik Ranges magnanimously crowned by the dazzling snowy tiaras and the famous Choor Chandni Peak can be captured. The adventure seekers prefer to trek all the way up to the Kali ka Tibba. A hike through the flourishing Himalayan woods is utterly a memorable experience. And what acts as a bonus is the sighting of the rare Himalayan fauna on the way.
Sidh Baba Ka Tibba
Chail; a brilliantly gleaming jewel studded in the Himalayan coronet is stretched out over three swaggering precipices (locally reckoned as Tibba) namely Rajgarh Hill, Pandava Hill and Sidh Tibba. As the legend goes when Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala was planning to build a Summer Palace for himself at Chail, originally he had selected the Sidh Tibba as the site of his royal mansion. The construction work had commenced, but to the surprise and disappointment of the King the palace could not be erected here even after repeated attempts. One day a sage appeared in his dreams and told him that Sidh Tibba was the very locus where he used to meditate during his lifetime and was buried after his demise. Hence, it was the place meant for a sacred temple and not a residential palace. The righteous king immediately terminated the construction of the chateau and built a temple in the honor of the holy sage who had meditated there. The temple constituted atop the Sidh Tibba eventually came to be known as the ‘Sidh Baba ka Mandir’. Sited amidst the picturesque surroundings onto the hill lying between Rajgarh Hill and Pandava Hill, the Sidh Baba ka Temple located just 4 kilometers from the Chail Bazaar is one of the most popular religious landmarks of this celebrated holiday resort.
The Gurudwara Sahib, one more feather in the religious hat of Chail adds a vital quotient to the multicultural and multi-religious façade of this dandy Himachali hill station. Established in the year 1907 by the Maharaja of Patiala himself, the Gurudwara Sahib; the sacrosanct venue for the followers of Sikhism is particularly eulogized for its peculiar architectural features. To be found atop the Pandava Hill just 1 kilometer away from the Chail Bazaar, the Gurudwara Sahib of Chail depicts a fine amalgamation of Indian and western modes of architectonics. The edifice of this Gurudwara resembles the churches of Goa to a great extent. The premier highlight of this structure is its wooden roof that is elevated to the height of about 22 feet. The pair of towers poised flanking the main entrance yield an astonishing aura to this modest monument. This small building colored in yellow and garlanded by the luxuriant green lawns grants its visitors a valuable insight into the architectural standards achieved and maintained in India before hundred years and the rich cultural legacy we always boast of. The Gurudwara Sahib of Chail is indeed a worth visiting place during your vacation in the bassinet of the Himachal Pradesh.
The Chail Sanctuary located at Sadhupul just 5 kilometers from Chail is a mountainous nature preserve that shelters innumerable species of Himalayan fauna and avifauna within its secluded premises. Identified as a wildlife asylum and declared as a protected area in 1976 AD, the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary covers the total expanse of 110 square kilometers. Shrouded under the dense forest cover of Pine, Oak and other Himalayan foliage & verdant grasslands, the Chail Sanctuary provides a secured abode to hundreds of wild birds and animals in their natural habitat. Some of the worth mentioning wild animals spotted in the Chail Sanctuary include Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar, Sambar, Barking Deer, Black Naped Hare, Goral, Kalijin, Indian Muntjac, Rhesus Macaque, Common Langur, Goral Crested Porcupine, and myriads of others. The former Maharaja of Patiala had even introduced the European Red Deer to the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary; however, none of the European Red Deer were recorded to be sighted in the 1988 survey. The Chir Pheasant Breeding and Rehabilitation Program was launched at the Chail Sanctuary in the year 1988 which has significantly helped in increasing the population of the Chir birds. The best time for paying a visit to the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is from March to October.
Chail Cricket Ground
Chail Cricket Ground positioned at the distance of about 3 kilometers from the heart of the city and easily accessible through the Capt. G S Salaria Marg of Chail is an antediluvian playing field that was established in the year 1893 AD under the patronage of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh; the King of Patiala and the founder of Chail. Subsequent to the establishment of Chail, the specific hilltop was leveled under the orders of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh where the Cricket Ground was later constructed. The Maharaja of Patiala used to play friendly cricket matches with the British Officials at this playing field. Perched at the elevation of 2,144 meters above the MSL, the Cricket Ground of Chail is honored to be World’s Highest Cricket Ground. Also cited in the Guinness Book of World Records, this well maintained Cricket Ground is presently used by the Chail Military School as the school playground and cadets training ground. During the school vacations, this multi functional Cricket Ground also suffices as the polo ground and the football ground. Moreover, it is also bequeathed with a well maintained Basket Ball Court. The historic tree bearing a gorgeous tree house built by the students of the Chail Military School stands in one of the corners of the Cricket Ground. The high altitude Cricket Ground of Chail surrounded by thick timberlands of pine and deodar trees offers astounding perspectives of the vivid Satluj Valley and the enrapturing Shimla and Kasauli hill stations. The Himachal Pradesh Government is contemplating to build a proper cricket stadium here.
Chail Military School
Chail Military School, also reckoned as the ‘Rashtriya Military School’ or the ‘King George Royal Indian Military School’ is a residential military school of Chail that was established in the year 1922 subsequent to the World War I. The foundation stone of the Chail Military School was laid in February 1922 by the hands of King George V. The school also received the donation of 250,000 INR from the patriotic fund of King George V. Regular classes commenced from September 1925 at the Jalandhar Cantonment in Punjab. The cadets who are trained at the Chail Military School are known by the title; the ‘Georgians’. The chief objective behind the foundation of the Chail Military School was to provide free education to the children of army officials and train them for different army examinations. The curriculum of this military school was designed according to the existing military requirements and the medium of instruction was English. During the World War II the Chail Military School was upgraded to the status of a military college and the cadets of the Chail Military College were permitted to enter the Armed Forces under the emergency commission. The Chail Military School; India’s oldest military school is situated right in the center of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary at the altitude of 2144 meters. Enclosed by thick pine and deodar woods, the Chail Military School is a home to World’s Highest Cricket Ground. The morning PT, evening sports, daily physical training of the cadets and the annual sports events of the Chail Military School are organized at the Chail Cricket Ground. The cadets passed out from the Chail Military School have even reached the Siachen Glacier; world’s highest battlefield.
Kasauli; a modest township of Solan District stationed about 70 kilometers from Chail is one of the exceptionally popular hill resorts of Himachal Pradesh that was developed as a summer retreat during the heydays of the British Colonization in India. Marvelously lodged at the elevation of 2,107 meters above the MSL and endowed with cool & congenial climate and mind-blowing surrounding vistas, Kasauli is indeed a promised land descended upon the earth. This old-world settlement fossilized in time directly transports us back to the 19th century India. Suited up in elegant English demeanor featured with gabled colonial cottages, paved boulevards, old-styled shops, small orchards and numerous colonial memorials, Kasauli summons hordes of tourists from all over the globe all through the year. Bejeweled with luxuriant meadows and dense timberlands crammed with horse chestnuts, chir-pine and Himalayan oak trees, Kasauli; the immaculate ballpark of beauty abounding with captivating scenic panoramas allures the visitors to no limit. Kasauli; the Utopia of nature lovers and peace seekers has extensively contributed in the thriving tourism industry of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the noteworthy tourist attractions of Kasauli include Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Gilbert Trail, Timber Trail, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji, Dagshai, Sanawar Nature Camp, Kasauli Brewery, and so on.
Solan, located just 40 kilometers away from Chail and easily approachable through MDR 8 or NH 22 is a citified megalopolitan that furnishes as the district headquarters and the municipal council of the Solan District. The city derives its title from the name of Goddess ‘Shoolini Devi’; the presiding deity of Solan who is seated in the Shoolini Devi Temple on the Shilli Road. Nestled atop ‘Mount Karol’ at the altitude of 1467 meters above the sea level Solan is enclosed by Matiul Peak (1,986 meters tall) to its east and by Karol Peak (2,000 meters high) to its north. Particularly renowned for its adjoining snow crowned precipices, snow carpeted landscapes, astonishing prospects and its outstandingly agreeable and soul stimulating ambiance, Solan; the Gateway to Shimla is certainly a paradise for honeymooners and nature lovers. Solan also serves as the base station for other nearby tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh including Chail, Subathu, Dagshai, Churdhar Peak, Kandaghat, etc. Solan, famous for its ancient temples and monasteries is also reckoned as a home to India’s oldest breweries. Not only that, Solan has also earned repute on the worldwide platform for its famous ‘Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry’ and its 300 years old ‘Fort of Arki’. Solan, a thriving industrial and educational hub of the state is also reckoned by the sobriquet the ‘Mushroom city of India’ due to its massive mushroom cultivation and its well-known ‘Chambaghat Mushroom Centre’. Some of the must visit sightseeing places in and around Solan include the Shoolini Temple, Jatoli Shiv Temple, Karol ka Tibba, Meteol ka Tibba, Bon Monastery, Gurkha Fort, Kuthar Fort, Nalagarh Palace, etc.
Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of the British India and cherished all over the map as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ is one of the extremely popular and greatly sought after vacation retreats of country that receives heavy influx of tourists all through the year. The city derives its laurel from the name of the Goddess Shyamala; an incarnation of Goddess Kali who is worshipped as the deity of rage and power. Clearly in contrast with its name, Shimla is the Utopia where one can find the ultimate peace of mind amongst the tranquil and romantic ambiance of the Himalayan Precipices. Perched at the altitude of 2205 meters above the sea level and gracefully cuddled up in the bosom of the north-west Himalayan Ranges, the highlands of Shimla are shrouded under the dense forests flourishing with pine, cedar, rhododendron, and oak trees. Equally loved by the honeymooners as well as the nature lovers and globetrotters, Shimla, the present capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh was first discovered by a British Officer Lt. Rose during the Gorkha War. Shimla, noted for its Victorian, Tudorbethan and Neo-Gothic aspects of architecture still reminds us of the British Colonization in India. The legendary Kalka-Shimla Railway Route (the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operational in India) connects Shimla with Kalka. This peachy hill station snuggled amidst the towering snow-crowned Himalayas and teeming with the plethora of natural pulchritude is undoubtedly a paradise materialized on the earth. The pleasant cold summers and the snowy winters of Shimla fascinate its visitors to no extent. The most prominent tourist attractions of Shimla are; Jakhu Temple, Tara Devi Temple, Kali Bari Temple, Dorje Drag Monastery, Christ Church, the Mall, the Ridge, Lower Bazaar, Lakkar Bazaar, Viceregal Lodge, State Museum, Summer Hill, Annandale, Anand Vilas, Rothney Castle, Himalayan Bird Park, Scandal Point, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Ellerslie, Gorton Castle, Gurkha Gate, etc.
Kufri located just 17 kilometers to the east of the state capital Shimla and nested about 34 kilometers away from Chail is a peachy little hill station of the Shimla District that enjoys a prominent position in the itinerary of the tourists visiting the cloud cuckoo land of Himachal Pradesh. The town derives its name from a local term ‘Kufr’ which means ‘a lake’. Perched at the elevation of 2,510 meters above the sea level, Kufri is essentially acclaimed for its cool and pleasurable ambiance, pictorial milieus, spellbinding views of the luxuriant valleys & the snow laden Himalayas perceived from here and the thrilling and exciting adventure activities available here. During winter when the landscape of Kufri disguises itself under the thick carpet of milky white snow, the adventure aficionados revel in the electrifying sports like skiing and tobogganing along the snow clad slopes of the mountainous Himachali plateau. Moreover, Kufri is also commended for its scenic trekking and hiking trails. Additional attractions of Kufri include its exotic nature parks and its charismatic vantage points. Furthermore, the nature lovers do not miss an opportunity of exploring the enchanting terrain of Kufri riding on the back of a horse. Kufri is certainly an Arcadian summer retreat away from the hustle bustle of busy city life. The Himalayan Nature Park of Kufri shelters rare Antelopes, Felines, Himalayan Monal, and other endangered species of Himalayan fauna and avifauna within its secured premises. Other noteworthy tourist destinations of Kufri include Indira Tourist Park, Mahasu Peak, Chini Bunglow, Kufri Fun World, etc.