Part of ‘Golden Triangle’ – Shimla-Kufri-Chail
Learned about the splendid destination near to Shimla close to skies; and found it more peaceful and enchanting. ‘Chail’ the summer retreat to Maharaja of Patiala nestling at 2550 m surmounted with deep deodar forest and you can smell the aromatic fragrance of pine.
My urge to nectar the beauty of the lesser known princely estate took me away from Solan, the hustling-bustling hub of pharma and brewery industries. This is extension to my weekend gateways Chandigarh and Solan. Chail, is untouched habitat nurtured in mountains is blessed with pleasant weather across the year. This hill station is like best inspiration of God on green canvass lived with every colour dipped in serenity. Steered by well connected Shimla-Kalka highway, take rout either from Kandaghat or Shimla via Kufri, you will thank to almighty for driving through the splendid state of Himachal Pradesh. Known as part of Golden triangle (shimla-kufri-chail), Chail is connected through road 63 km from Shimla, 120km from Chandigarh can be reached by rail from Kandaghat, and Jabarhatti (Shimla) and airport. The places of attraction are Chail Palace, Cricket Ground and Sidh Baba temple. Chail Palace is the heritage mansion is not huge but recalls the royal living of the Maharaja and Maharani. The palace has grand courtyard, bar, dining hall, with antique furniture, lush green courtyard now turned to a heritage hotel. You can simply visit it in one or two hours. A cricket ground here is also part of rich heritage. Built in 1893, Chail cricket stadium has highest cricket pitch in the world look after by Rasthriya Military School.