Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was expelled from
Shimla - The Summer Capital of the British India, he decided
to create his own capital for the warm months. The little
village of Chail was perfect. It lay surrounded by magnificent
deodar forests, Shimla was in direct vision and most importantly,
Chail at 2226 m was somewhat higher than British controlled
Today, the Maharaja's creation can be experienced by everyone.
And for Himachal Tourism, now owner of the gracious mansion,
every visitor is a Royalty. Here is a resort in the true
sense of the word. A beautiful Palace with ornate furniture,
charming cottages, delightful log huts, thick forests,
quiet walks, a 'lovers hill', an orchard of its own, elegant
lawns, badminton and lawn tennis court, billiards and
even a children's park. Each regally appointed room, each
quaint cottage and every warm log hut offers a memorable
holiday. Whether you are on a honeymoon and in search
of seclusion or wish to organise a conference, Chail offers
it all. Then, there are good sightseeing places and possibility
of some fishing and trekking. Chail also has the world's
highest cricket pitch and polo ground.
ACCESS: Chail is connected by road. From Shimla via Kufri the
distance is 45 km and via Kandaghat is 61 km. Kalka is
86 km away. Regular buses for
Chail leave from Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi. The closest
airports are at Chandigarh (120 km) and Kumarhatti Shimla (63 km).
CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature
can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required.
In summer the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons