Chail is revered as one of the most premier and luxurious hill stations of India. It has all the constituents of a family holiday as well as that of a romantic retreat. Chail carries with itself the untouched natural beauty. Since it is close to the major hill station of Shimla, people generally make one-day trips here which have resulted in less human encroachment and the area carries a virgin ecology. The altitude of Chail is 2250 m which is even higher than Shimla.
Best Time To Visit Chail
While there are many beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, very less offer peace and serenity like that of Chail. It is therefore vital to have the information about the weather beforehand to plan your visit early.
Summer in Chail is cool and dry. It is the most visited time of the year when tourist flock to the hills for respite from the heat of North India. The rainy season is wet accompanied by untimely heavy showers. Solo travellers can plan a trip during the monsoons as the area is quiet and less number of tourists arrive in that season.
Autumns are perfect with romantic crimson and blue evenings among the hills with practically no tourists arriving in that season. The winters in Chail is chilly and snow-laden. A visit to the nearby town of Kufri is recommended during winters.
How To Reach Chail
By air: The nearest domestic airport in Shimla which is 47 km from Chail. Daily flights to major cities are available from Shimla.
By rail: The nearest major railway station is Kalka which is at a distance of 77 km from Chail. You can avail private and state-owned buses from here to Chail.
By road: Getting Chail via the road route to Shimla is easy and cheap. The mountain roads are tricky, so arrange an experienced driver beforehand. Taxis are also available from Kalka and Shimla.
Places Of Attraction In Chail
1. Chail palace
Constructed in 1891, the Maharaja's palace in Chail, is a regal stay hotel with a spectacular view. A wide variety of cottages, suites and rooms are available for visitors who want to experience the British royalty feeling. Chail was an erstwhile British holiday destination so a walk along the pavements from the palace leads you to rust buildings and trails which are the remains of the old heritage of India. If you have not planned to stay at the Chail palace, you can still take a look at this rusty, yet charming 75-acre palace by paying a small fee at the entry point.
2. Chail sanctuary
Covering more than 110 sq km, the Chail sanctuary is a major attraction of Himachal. The area is filled with thriving fauna of Himalayan Goral, Sambar and Barking Deer. The thickly covered oak forests, Solang valley and deodar trees are no less than an adventurous safari for visitors. The sanctuary is not just a tourist place but also a protected site for the Himalayan endemic animals and many species of rare herbs and trees.
3. Kali Ka Tibba
It is a popular Kali temple in the region and gets visitors from all over the world for its mesmerizing view of distant Shivalik ranges and Choor Chandni. The temple is a beautiful trekking site and some rare species of wild animals can easily be spotted along the trail.
The hilltop is a sunset point known for its romantic evenings among the clouds. The beautiful temple sits in the lap of nature and is well maintained by the locals. There is a small tea shop on the way selling refreshments during hikes.
4. Sadhupal Lake
Sadupal Lake is unlike any other place you have ever visited. Located near a small village, Sadhupal Lake has streams which flow below a concrete bridge with knee deep water. The local cafes have tables laid out in the open streams amidst the flowing water. You can munch delicacies while soaking your feet in the turquoise water.
The government has recently opened a water park nearby to attract visitors. Sadhupal Lake is also known for wild campfires in the chilly evenings during winters and afternoon outings in the forest nearby. The village being on the bank of the shallow stream renders a picturesque view the old world hidden from plain sight.