Chail

Travel Guide Asia India Himachal Pradesh Chail

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Introduction

Views from the hill stations

Views from the hill stations

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Chail is situated in the Shiwalik region in Himachal Pradesh, India. Surrounded with tall tree forest of Chir pine and mesmerizing views of mountains makes a very attractive place to visit. It is basically a hiker's paradise with adventurous activities as well. Its weather is pretty pleasant throughout the year. Several modes of conveniences are available to reach this region.

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Brief History

Chail is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, served as the summer capital of Maharaja Adhiraj Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. It is 49 kilometres away from Shimla. The Chail Palace and highest Cricket ground in the World are major tourist attractions.

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Geography

Chail is located 2,250 metres higher than that of Shimla. It is covered by the dense forest of oak and pine. Chail is pretty pleasant in Summer while cold in winter. Average annual rainfall is 150 mm.

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Weather

Pleasant weather in summer and cold in winter. It has 150 mm rainfall a year.

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Sights and Activities

  • Chail Palace - A place built by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh as his summer capital when he was got banned to enter Shimla.
  • Chail Sanctuary - Chail Sanctuary covers around 110 square kilometres of area under it, and it has large number of species of flora and fauna.
  • Cricket Ground - Cricket ground in Chail is the highest cricket ground in the world, as it has located 2,444 metres above the sea level. This play ground is being used for football and cricket.
  • Chail Military School - Chail Military school is one of the ancient building of Himachal Pradesh that has also being notified as an ancient precious property.
  • Chail Gurudwara - Another main featuring property of Chail that has a 7 metre high wooden roof that has caught the eyes of visitors.

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Getting There

By Plane

Jubbarhati Airport is the nearest airport located in Shimla, which is 45 kilometres away from Chail. Jubbarhati (SLV), 23 kilometres from Shimla has regular flights from Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu and the major airlines operating on this route are Kingfisher Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
The airport in Chandigarh is 120 kilometres away. Chandigarh Airport (IXC) offers flights to/from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Jammu and Srinagar.

By Train

Kalka is one of the nearest station to reach to Chail. It is located at a distance of 86 kilometres from Chail. Next nearest stations are from Chandigarh. One can hire a taxi service from Chandigarh to reach the Chail.

By Car

Kandaghat is the most nearest roadways connecting Chail and Shimla, which is situated just 29 kilometres away from chail. Drive on to NH 1, then NH 22 to reach MDR 8 that connects Chail to Delhi.

By Bus

There are regular bus services to Chail from Shimla, Chandigarh, but there is no bus that directly reaches to Chail from Delhi.

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Getting Around

By Bus

To travel around the Chail region, you can take taxis or buses.

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Language

English, Hindi, Kashmiri, Urdu.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

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