Brief
One of the prettiest hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Chail is a hiker's paradise. Once the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala, the resort set amidst forests of chinar, pine and cloud-wrapped greens, makes you yearn to re-live your honeymoon. Hikes up Himalayan peaks, setting up home in hilltop cottages, cosying up under the sheltering deodars, Chail is just the place to light the fire. Built on three hills, on the other side of the massive Himalayan ranges, spectacular in the sun and snow, other than the palace and mansion, Chail boasts of the highest altitude cricket pitch and polo ground in the world. Cool winds warmed by sunrays, clear sky, fresh mountain air...that is what Chail is like during summers. In winters, skiing is possible at Narkanda. Close by is a national park, which has a limited number of birds and deers.


History
When Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, was expelled from Shimla - the summer capital of the British in India - he decided to create his own capital for the hot months. The palace, which is the primary tourist attraction of Chail, was built in 19th century by the King and the pretty cottages of the complex, that once accommodated the ADCs and guests of the royal party, are now part of a fascinating holiday resort. Built in 1893 at a height of 2250 m above sea level, the Chail Cricket Ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. This cricket ground is also the venue for polo matches.

Culture
Most of the people depend on agriculture for livelihood. Many people derive their income from sheep, goats, and other cattle. Usually have terraced fields and small two stored houses with sloping roof. Also in a temple, where people congregate for worship. In many parts of the Himachal the village Gods are carried on palanquins to village fairs. On Dussehra the largest congregation of village Gods takes place at Kullu. The folk songs of Himachal Pradesh are full of charm. They are usually based on a religious or a romantic theme. People gather in a circle in village fairs and dance to the tune of these songs. The dancing is usually spontaneous during a village fair and is symbolic of the peace and joy of the people. In general people of Himachal Pradesh are honest, truthful, gentle, and good humored.

Climate & Geogaphical Location
Chail has a cool climate throughout the year. Summers are cool and pleasant and winters are cold and can drop below freezing and it snows as well. Chail is built on three hills at an altitude of 2250 mtrs above sea level.

How to Reach
Chail is well connected by rail, road and air. By air, Chail is a small hill station and does not have an airport. The nearest airport is the Jubbar Hatti airport about 80 km away at Shimla and is well connected to Delhi and Kullu. By rail, the nearest railhead is at Kandaghat at 29 km from Chail on the narrow gauge railway line. The toy-train, which starts from Kalka and ends its journey in Shimla, stops at Kandaghat. From here, Chail is almost an hour away by bus / car. But Kalka is the nearest broad gauge railhead and is connected to Delhi, Jodhpur, Amritsar and Kolkata (Howrah). Chandigarh, 26 Km southwest of Kalka, can also be used as an alternative railway station for access. By road, Chail is 380 km from Delhi, 115 km from Chandigarh, 45 km from Solan and 63 km from Shimla via Kandaghat (45 km via Kufri). There are frequent bus services to Chail from Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh.

Tourist Places
Cricket ground

Built at a height of 2250 m above sea level, in 1893, the Chail Cricket Ground, is the highest cricket ground in the world. This cricket ground, is also the venue for polo matches.

Rajgarh Palace

Built in 1891 by the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, the Rajgarh Palace, stands amidst stunning mountain scenery. The Maharaja, made Chail his summer capital and stayed in this palace to escape the scorching plains, in summers. Himachal Tourism, has now converted it, into a luxury hotel. Even if you are not staying here, you must visit the palace, to admire its charming little cottages and log huts, ornate furniture, and the delightful orchard and lawns.

Naldehra.

Located at a distance of 22 km away, Naldehra is a pleasant little village, famous for having one of the oldest and highest,  9 hole golf course, in the country. The well groomed Golf Course, is a lovely verdant, perhaps one of the finest and most sporty in India.  Crowned with a springing turf, the Golf Course here was suggested by Lord Curzon. So enchanted was he by this place, that he gave his daughter Alexendra, Naldehra as her second name.  The venue of many competitions, it is a spot of great natural beauty.  The Nag temple is also situated here and Naldehra derives its name from it.

Shimla

The capital of Himachal Pradesh and former summer capital of British India, Shimla is the state's most important centre. Overlooking terraced hillsides and cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is best to travel here on the slow train from Kalka. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings, colonial edifices, quaint cottages, charming iron lampposts and Anglo-Saxon names. Offering a view of distant snow clad peaks, charming walks, whispering streams and swaying fields, Shimla is also a convenient base for a variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing etc.

Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, the beautiful capital of Punjab and Haryana is on the edge of the Sivalik Hills, the outermost edge of the Himalayas. A child of India's independence, Chandigarh is a well-planned modern city, built in 1950, and divided into sectors and separated by broad avenues, according to the plan by the French architect, LeCorbusier. The tranquil and pollution free environs, shorter distances and the sharp contrast between chaos and troubles of the big city, with the easy life of Chandigarh, makes it an ideal city of India. It is also a union territory.

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