Chail is a small beautiful hamlet, spread over three scattered hills in the Shiwalik region of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled on these hills are the world’s highest cricket pitch and polo ground, the magnificent Chail Palace and a beautiful temple. It was Maharaja Rajinder Singh of Patila, who has been the major architect behind Chail being a mere hamlet to a popular hill resort today. Situated at a distance of 45 km from Shimla, this beautiful hill resort makes the ideal setting for both the honeymooners and weary summer travelers alike. Thick cedar forest, comfortable log huts and cottages, snow capped mountain peaks, serene walks, sprawling lawns, sylvan pine valleys, lover’s hill, adventure sports and more make your visit to Chail an experience for all times to come.
Chail Sanctuary - Dotted with deodar and oak forests with grasslands around, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is the abode of a variety of wild life such as Ghoral, kakkar, sambhar, and red jungle fowl. Khalij and cheer pheasants are also among the inhabitants. The sanctuary covers an area of 10,854.36 hectares.
Cricket Ground - Set at the very top of a hill, the cricket ground of Chail is the highest cricket ground in the world. It is located approximately at 2500 metres above mean sea level, and boasts of two permanent sight screens and a stately little tree well within the confines of the playing area. Though the quality of the wicket is not of international standard but the soil has little or no clay in it. The place is also used as polo ground.
Maharaja'S Palace - Built as the summer resort of the Maharaja, in the late 19 th century, this heritage abode offers a true regal setting for weary summer visitors. In fact Chail owes its fascinating present to the magnificent palace resort. It offers elaborate furnishings, log huts and cottages, sylvan forests and beautiful lawns and sport facilities.
Sidh Baba Mandir - It is one of the most beautiful locations in Chail, where Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had originally intended to build his dream palace. But legends has it that a saintly person appeared in the Maharaja's dream, and declared that this was the place where he had meditated. Consequently, Bhupinder Singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot.
Kufri - Famous for its trekking and hiking trails, Kurfi is a favorite hill spot for adventure seekers. The prime attractions of Kufri are the Himalayan Nature Park, and the exciting trek and horse rides that leads to the divine Mahasu peak.
Sadhupul - A sleepy hill village, halfway between Kandaghat and Chail. The bridge over the Ashwani stream here makes a popular picnic - spot.
Air: There is no direct flight to Chail. The nearest airport is Shimla, from where one can hire a taxi to reach Chail.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Kalka. You can reach Kalka from Shimla by Kalka-Shimla toy train, passing through thick forests, dark tunnels, bends and ravines.
Road: Regular luxury bus services are available from Simla to Chail. Chail is approximately 86 km from Kalka via Kandaghat. One and a half hour drive from Kandaghat will take you to Chail.