Chail – Explore the Undiscovered Queen of the Hills in Himachal

If you feel trapped in the mundane routine that your life has become and are looking for a place to rejuvenate in the lap of mountains, then Chail is just the place for you and your loved ones. Chail, a hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, is like that underrated brother of its other two popular neighbouring hill stations – Shimla and Kufri. Chail, along with Kufri and Shimla, is called the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.

 

Queen of the hills
Queen of the hills

 

Chail literally means “lost place” but now you can discover this newly anointed queen of the hills. Although Shimla is traditionally called the queen of the hills, Chail offers everything that Shimla has and more because it is also more unspoiled and pure. It has now developed into a fully accessible hill station worthy of being new royal.

 Located at about 45 km from Solan city and around 44 km from Shimla, Chail is engulfed in a dense cover of chir pine and gigantic deodar trees, which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The abundance of wildlife, laid-back mountains, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, and calming solitude one experiences are reasons enough to attract travellers to this heavenly place.

In the Pages of History

Before 1893, Chail was a tranquil small mountain town that underwent a metamorphosis led by Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala at the time. After the Maharaja was exiled from Shimla for running away with the daughter of Lord Kitchner, who was at the time the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army. He decided to construct a new summer palace for himself that would be superior to Shimla. The Maharaja made it his business to ensure that Chail was on par with Shimla in every respect. Everyone falls under the enchantment of the magnificent snow-capped Shivalik hills, the gorgeous orchards, intricate designs and solid structure of the famous Chail Palace, and the sylvan pine valleys.

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Chail:

Numerous tourists and wildlife photographers visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary to see its diverse plant and animal life, including the Himalayan black deer, common langur, sambar, goral, and wild boar.

You may also spend a memorable evening with your loved ones in the serene Sadhupul Lake, another one of the amazing places to visit in Chail. This lake is well-known for its magnificent and one-of-a-kind eating experience and status as a tourist hotspot, complete with furniture placed directly on the riverbank.

Chail is a great place to go trekking, hiking, rope walking, and rock climbing for individuals with an adventurous spirit. There aren’t many places of worship in Chail, but the Siddh Baba Ka Mandir is a popular option for individuals searching for spirituality. In addition to seeking the Goddess Kali’s favour, visitors to the temple at Kali ka Tibba may enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding Shivalik Range and Choor Chandni Peak. The Chail Gurudwara, or Gurudwara Saheb as it is more often known, is a prominent Sikh pilgrimage destination that comes to life during the celebrations of Baisakhi and Gurupurab. The former Patiala royal family used to possess the cricket pitch and polo facility located at an elevation of 2,444 metres. The cricket pitch here is higher than any other in the globe.

Best Time to Visit in Chail

For a comfortable journey, you can plan your trip in the months of April-June and September – October because that is when the weather is the most pleasant. You can choose to book your stay in the Tarika Resort and Spa for an enjoyable holiday. It is one of the best resorts in Chail with luxury rooms and outstanding valley views.

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