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Chail, Himachal Pradesh

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Developed out of a grudge as an alternate hill station by a king more than a century ago, Chail has taken its time but has achieved the vision it was built for. This former summer capital of Patiala princely state has slowly but surely evolved as a beautiful hill station destination. If you are looking for a quiet place away from maddening crowds, enjoy the virgin forests and live in a town with a royal touch, Chail is the best option. At close to 8000 feet above sea level, Chail offers views and ambiance that are no less than other hill stations. Come to Chail, the relaxing morning walks in the forest paths, the exhilarating treks on the well-known trails, enjoyable angling sessions and the camping sites in the evenings, would enthral and enrich your stay and make it memorable. Chail is located about 40 kilometres from Solan, the District Headquarters and about 45 kilometres from the well-known hill station Shimla. The nearest rail station is at Kalka, 80 kilometres away and the nearest airport is at Shimla. The best time to visit Chail is from April to June and September to October.
Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Nearby Places to See

Palace
The palace which at present is run as a heritage hotel, was built by the king of Patiala Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in 1891. The Maharaja also built a Polo ground, Tennis and Badminton courts in Chail. A cricket stadium is here as well.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Declared as a sanctuary in 1976, it is spread over a hilly area of 110 square kilometres. The sanctuary is about 17 kilometres from Chail and reaches through Sadhupul. Himalayan Black Bear, Black Naped Hare and Sambar are the main animals found here apart from many species of birds.
Sadhupul
Sadhupul
It is a small town about 10 kilometres away from Chail and a major camping site. A stream flowing in the shallow valley is the favourite picnic spot for the locals as well as the tourists. Many homestays and food joints have sprung up in Sadhupul to cater to the ever-increasing camping crowd.
The Himalayan Nature Park
Situated at Kufri, about 30 kilometres from Chail, this zoo is a good place to visit. Spread over 90 hectares of land, the zoo was started in the year 1992. Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Goral, Sambar, Himalayan Tahr, Barking Deer, Black Bear, Pheasants and Himalayan Griffon are some of the animals found in the well managed zoo.
The Himalayan Nature Park
Kali Ka Tibba
Kali Ka Tibba
It is a beautiful temple built on a hilltop about 7 kilometres away from Chail, overlooking the mountains and valleys. Built inside an enclosure resembling a fort, the temple exudes spirituality at every step. Temple is approached by a hiking path in the forests around from the base of the hill.
Sidh Baba Ka Mandir
Built by the Maharaja of Patiala over a century ago, this temple located within the town is a major attraction. A beautiful and well-maintained garden surrounds the temple. The tranquil ambiance of the temple surroundings and the scenic views compel the visitors to spend some time here.
Stones Kumbh Shiv Temple
A new temple was built on an elevated spot about 7 kilometres from Chail. It is a strange temple with no set rules for construction. There are Shivalinga, a face of Shiva, Rudraksha mala and many other mesmerising things that are loved by every visitor.
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