Chail is the royal retreat nestled in stately deodar and tall pines of the Shivalik slopes and it stands at an altitude of 2,250mts high. Chail was for a very long time the princely seat of the Patiala rulers.Chail entertains the tourists with lot of interesting attractions like walks, treks and commanding view of the Himalayas.Chail is glorified with one of the highest cricket playground in the world. It is a heaven for hiking and trekking. From Chail one can get the spectacular view of the towns of Shimla and Kasauli with lights in the night. It is an immense pleasure to take a drive to this place along the slopes of Kandaghat and amidst the coniferous forests.
HISTORY The story of Chail really begins in neighboring Shimla.The tale is told of the banishment of the Maharaja of the Patiala from the erstwhile summer capital in the late 19th century. Smarting at this insult, the Maharaja began exploring the hills that bordered Shimla.He planned to find a hill that was within sight of Shimla-but higher. Surrounded by Deodar woods the little village of Chail seemed perfect. Completed in 1891 and altitude of with a splendid mansion to serve as his palace and at 2,250mts a good hundred meters above Sheila’s average height, Patiala’s summer capital was prepared to take on the British one at equal terms.
It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, musical mystic and so on. Bhaktapur is still an untouched as well as preserved ancient city, which in fact, is itself a world to explore for tourist. The Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of the kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place – struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows all seem to form a well-orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:
LOCATION Chail in the state of Himachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of – 2,250 m, high and at a distance of 45kms from Shimla is surrounded by the forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. hail coordinates at 30.9697°N 77.1975°E. .