Chail was the capital of Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh who built his palace in Chail when he was exciled from Shimla by Lord Kitchener. Chail is a quaint village about 50 kms from Shimla. Surrounded by lush forests and a commanding view of the snow-capped Himalayas Chail is the ideal refuge if you want to escape the crowds and spend some time close to nature.
Chail at an altitude of - 2,250 m is at a higher altitude than Shimla which is 2,213 metres above sea level. Shimla and Kasauli can be seen from Chail. Chail Sanctuary, cricket ground, and the gurudwara are the main spots in Chail. Chail is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a secluded destination away from tourist crowds.
Athough long recognised as the world's highest cricket ground Chail Cricket Ground currently is just a play ground. Plans are in place to develop this ground to international standards.
Hiking Trails in Chail
Chail has a many trek routes and hiking trails. Some of the easy trek routes from Chail are the Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Rajgarh and Chur Chandni and Chail-Shimla via Junga. The trek routes provide scenic views of the hills and dales all through the way. If you are not in for longer trek routes You can just wander off into the woods for a peaceful walk or do a more strenuous hike up the hillside here or visit Kali ka tibba, a temple atop a small hill. Angling and horse riding is also very popular in Chail.
Approximately 200 mtrs from the main Chail bus station Gurudwara Saheb was established at Chail in the year 1907. The Gurudwara was renovated by Chail Heritage Foundation, an NGO formed by ex-students of Chail Military School in 2007.