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  • Reckoned as the serene hill station, Chail resides amidst the lush green pine and deodar trees. If you are confused about the best time to visit Chail, we say plan it anytime. Be it either summer, monsoon or falls, the divine beauty of this Hiker’s paradise has a freshness that sprawls all around the year.

    Chail marks its sophistication with a wide array of tourist attractions. Lover’s Hill, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, Vansh Arena, and Sidh Baba Ka Mandir are some of them. Horse-riding, trekking, paragliding, skiing, and strolling are there to excite your nerves.

    Chail place has stable weather throughout. This makes it a picturesque hill-station for those who wish to embrace nature. Chail accounts for pleasant summers and chilling winters with rainfalls ranging from mid to high levels. Thus, you can rely on Chail in monsoons too if you seek indoor relaxation.

    Once upon a time, this opulent place was a point for Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s summer retreat. If you take a dig at the statistics, Chail remains busy with tourism in June. Chronologically, May and August are the next busiest months here. On the lower side, people tend to avoid Chail trips during October. Likewise, your rental cost varies with the seasonal alternations.

    For those who are planning to visit Chail for the first time ever, here we would like to simplify the equation for you. Have a look at what type of climate stretches across the three primary seasons of the year

    Here are the best seasons to visit Chail:

  • 01Chail in Winter

    Chail in Winter

    Months: October to March

    October to the March marks as the fall in Chail. During this period, you may experience a drop in temperature to nearly 10
    oC (on an average). If the weather turns aggressive, it may even drop to a point where you have to stay indoors to keep yourself warm. This may sound disturbing for those who reach Chail to enjoy the snow-capped mountains. So, make sure that you carry a lot of warm clothes to shield you from the frosting cold. Goosebumps are common!

    It feels like the cold breeze blowing all over the lofty Himalayan ranges are here to whisper a magical sound in your ears. The whiteness spread all around assures you how peaceful this place is to isolate yourself from other city dwellers. However, people tend to resist their temptation of visiting Chail in winters on account of its harsh cold. Excessive skin dryness and absolute chilling temperature are the sole reasons to drop Chail for a winter retreat.

    On the contrary, when you look at Chail from an adventurer’s perspective, you find Chail to be covered all over by a white and cold blanket. This raises the charm of Chail and makes the place more pristine than ever! If you are an adventure freak, then believe us, this place has a lot to suffice your adventure cravings. Once here in winters, then you are irresistible towards Chail's sophisticated beauty.

    A humble request- Never forget to pack heavy woolen clothes to wrap yourself all around! There is a three-day festival (Bhoj Fair) in November here. Do not miss on it as it is prestigious Chail festivals.

    Places to visit while you are here in winters:

    Hotel Chail Residency offers one of the most fanatic views of the snow-capped Chail. Equipped with modern and high-tech amenities, rooms here are cozy and well-maintained.
    The snow-capped Himalayas are harder to resist, especially in the early morning. When the sun’s rays fall over their snowy surface, it imparts a lustrous glow to it. To snap down this moment, Chail tourists wake up early to head towards the desired spot.

    Activities to do in winters:

    Although not many activities to enjoy in winters, you still can try a hand at snow fight and ski. Snow fights or snowball throw seems to be favorite pastime activities of those who make their way to Chail in winters. Many try a hand at skiing to glide over the snow blanket stretched over miles.

    Temperature:

    Daytime:
    Below 10ºC

    Night-time:
    May drop below -2ºC

  • 02Chail in Summer

    Chail in Summer

    Months: March to May

    Summers are long holidays for schools and universities in India as it is the academic year closure and is undoubtedly the best time to visit Chail. People, therefore, plan out most of their rejuvenating trips during these months of summer. Chail experiences summers from March and winds up towards the dusk of May. Chail exhibits an averagely ranging temperature throughout the daytime in summers and rises about 15
    ºC. At the extreme point, summer temperature here extends up to 36ºC


    Regular summer visitors of Chail claims the season to be a bang on for enjoying the real beauty of this place. So, when you are here in summers, be sure shot that you are going to lose yourself from all the hustles of your stressed routine. Reap out as much as you can from your Chail visit.

    Chail is a perfect summer destination spot to fight the burning heat of metropolitan cities. March witnesses a temperature range of 11 to 28
    ºC In April, it is 18 to 35ºC,and in May it ranges from 18 to 36ºC. As the place is quite far from your city hustles, quality of air remains intact on the higher levels.


    Baisakhi celebrations in April is a sure thing to entertain and acquaint you with the culture of Chail.
    You can enjoy your Chail summers by gazing high at the bright blue skies juxtaposed to the mighty ranges of pious Himalayas. The lush green tree cover that runs on both sides of the road is enough to keep you engaged in their mesmerizing beauty.

    Lazy strolls on the lush green grass are one of the favorite pastime activities of Chail visitors.
    The best thing about visiting Chail in summers is that here the humidity and temperatures intertwine together to give you a warm and pleasant environment.

    Places to visit while you are here in Summer:

    The Palace of Patiala Kings, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Famous Cricket Ground, and Kali ka Tibba.

    The Palace of Patiala Kings leads you back to the era of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. If you have a historian residing within you, this is a sure shot place to visit. Stretched over 75 acres of land, it was later converted to a luxurious hotel homing a fantastic museum with artifacts of the princely states.

    Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endemic species of flora and fauna. Another best place for Chail researchers, this sanctuary is meant for lovers of wildlife and safaris. It might interest you to note that once upon a time, it was a hunter’s reserve.

    Another unique construction signifying the presence of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh is the Chail Cricket Ground. Rotate your eyes all around, you will find a thick layer of deodar trees encircling this ground.
    Chail is no more isolation to the religious travelers. You can march ahead towards Kali ka Tibba to seek the holy blessings of Goddess Kali. Trekkers here have a lot to keep themselves engaged throughout the day.

    Activities to do in summers:

    Rock climbing, camping, rafting rappelling, zip line, and paragliding. You cannot avoid the benefits of strolling on the lush green grassy bed (without putting on your shoes). The environment too ensures that you reap out a lot of vitamin D while strolling.

    Rock climbing and camping are common here. What sounds attractive to the Chail travelers is rafting rappelling and zip lining. Both of them are thrilling in nature. It takes a robust hearted individual to engage in such activities and a stronger heart to watch them. Paragliding is meant for those who wish to fly high in the air. Rafting rappelling, zip lining, and paragliding are the ones to engage most of the Chail tourists.
     

    Temperature:

    Daytime:
    15ºC to 24ºC

    Night-time:
    below 15ºC

  • 03Chail in Monsoon

    Chail in Monsoon

    Months: June to September

    There’s no picture-perfect season for the lovers except monsoons. Right? If you are about to head for your honeymoon, plan your Chail visit during this time of the year.

    Monsoons in Chail won't spare you from unveiling the poetic side in front of your spouse. Visiting Chail in monsoon ensures that you have a lot of memorable moments to snap down. This is the season when Chail reveals its true luxurious green beauty. It feels as if the time has stopped then and there. Chail desires to hold you closer to its heart and comfort you with its sweet teary drops.
     

    Chail experiences heavenly showers right from the start of June to dusk of September. There’s not much demarcation from the summer temperature. Monsoon days in Chail exhibits temperature in the range of 13
    ºCto 27ºC. One thing for sure, you cannot expect Chail to be blessed by heavy rainfall. This makes Chail a reliable monsoon destination. Yet, beware about the landslides as they are common to happen here. It is quite better to stay updated about the climate of Chail every time you are about to step out on your visit.


    It is quite endearing to watch the numbing drops trickling down the green leaves from a branch of a tree just outside your homestay. While you enjoy your rainy dance, do not forget to miss on a hot and refreshing tea. Natives of Chail do so to enjoy the weather at its best. Prefer a freshly prepared ginger tea for a quick refreshment.

    Care must be taken in monsoons; especially if you are planning to accompany either too younger or too older members of your family. As it resides closer to the proximity of Himalayan ranges, it becomes quite slippery. This is the only shortcoming of Chail monsoons.

    Apart from this, the greenery, serene and relaxing weather remains unrivaled from other tourist destinations. Nevertheless, Chail facilitates you with a fair deal on homestays in this month.
    Revitalizing itself with the fresh showers, Chail turns out to be a natural splendor in monsoons.

    Places to visit while you are here in Monsoon:

    As landslides and slippery slopes are common here in monsoons, it is always advisable to stay indoors. Couples do make it a point to visit Sadhupul Bridge once they land in Chail during monsoons.

    For ages, Sadhupul bridge of Chail has been considered to be an ideal location for outings. Interestingly, you will find benches in between the stream flowing underneath. People spare some time to sit there and have their food.

    Activities to do in Monsoon:

    Staying indoors and enjoying your leisure time with the trickling raindrops. There are no activities recommended during this season as they may prove dangerous

    Temperature:

    Daytime:
    13ºC to 27ºC

    Night-time:
    below 13ºC

Sightseeing in Chail

Adventure in Chail

Attractions in Chail

Trekking in Chail

Day outs in Chail

Attractions

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Dharamsala War Memorial

Located at the entry to Dharamsala town, the Dharamsala War Memorial is a memorial constructed to honor the brave men and women who died in service to our country post Independence. The memorial is located amidst beautiful scenery and is a monument that represents bravery and sacrifice. 

The monument has the names of all the soldiers and martyrs, who died in the 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 war and peacekeeping missions. This is a structure that holds much importance. The sacrifices of soldiers are often forgotten in popular media and structures such as these remind and inspire one to remember and keep fighting the good fight. When here, do keep this in your list of things to do in Dharamsala.

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Mani Lhakhang Stupa

Mani Lhakhang Stupa is located in Uprali Barol, approximately 5 kilometres from Dharamsala city. This Stupa is also known as the prayer wheels monastery. It was constructed in 2001 under instructions from Dalai Lama as part of 5 small stupas that could survive a natural calamity. 

This beautiful Stupa houses a gold plated statue of the Buddha in his signature lotus position. The Stupa has a lot of prayer wheels that you can spin for good luck. It is easy to get to from Dharamsala as you can get a lot of transportation to this place. In the evenings, one can indulge your senses in the hymns sung by the monks that are sure to make you want to come back here time and again. 

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Palace Hotel

Built and previously owned by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala in 1891 and later purchased by heritage hotels, The Palace Hotel, Chail claims to be one of the finest Heritage Hotels and rose to fame with it’s sprawling landscape of around 75 acres of land standing at an epitome of old-time elegance and beauty.

Indulge in antique charm at this stunning destination set amidst abundant greenery and panoramic views of beautiful landscapes surrounding it along with a serene atmosphere.

Stay at The Palace Hotel in Chail or definitely squeeze in a visit to this destination while it takes you back in time. Each guest room has antique furniture, period interior, wall-to-wall carpeting and a charming fireplace to keep you warm. Don’t be fooled by the quaint antiqueness of the palace as this hotel is equipped with every modern amenity that can come to your mind catering to all your whims and fancies.

Facilities: Facilities include an amazing open air cafe; Cafe Palace, Kings Dining a multi cuisine restaurants with ornate decor, an all purpose gift shop, a sprawling lawn tennis court, Billiards room, Badminton court and a charming children's park.

Approximate Price: Pricing per room ranges from 2400 INR onwards. 

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Tea Gardens

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. Almost 80% of the world’s population consumes tea and India is the second largest producer of tea in the world with a whooping 900,094 tonnes of tea produced per year.

In Dharamsala, one can visit the tea plantations on the Dharamsala-McLeod Ganj road. While not as big as the plantations in Assam or the North East states, the plantations are large enough to keep one engaged for a couple of hours. The plantation mostly caters to local export i.e. consumption within the Indian Peninsula.  The aromatic mist of tea along with the greenery all around is sufficient to mesmerize and should be on your list of things to do in Dharamsala. 

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Jwalamukhi Devi Temple

Jwalamukhi Devi Temple is located in Jwalamukhi town, approximately 55 kilometers from Dharamsala in Kangra district. It’s dedicated to Jwala, a Hindu Goddess associated with fire and burning gas. The temple was built by Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch and is another monument in Dharamsala that traces its origins to the Mahabharata era.

The most unique part about this temple is that there is no deity inside the temple. Instead, the flames that emanate from within the rocks through fissures in the ground are worshipped as they are considered to be the Goddess manifesting herself. The temple is identified as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas from Hindu mythology and is a revered religious site that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Sherbling Monastery

Sherbling Monastery is located in Keori, Himachal Pradesh approximately 60 kilometers from Dharamsala. It was established in 1975 in a space in a protected pine forest by the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa’s disciples. The monastery has been constructed in typical Tibetan architectural senses and uses the ancient sciences of geomancy. 

There is room for 500 monks inside the monastery and it has a lot of shrine rooms and halls for meditation and worshipping purposes. It’s an important structure in Tibetan Buddhist practices and has a large number of followers and pilgrims visiting this structure every day. The monastery is the holy abode of Tai Siti Rimpoche, a much respected figure in the Buddhist sect. The monastery will fill one with a lot of peace and introspection amidst the tranquility and serenity inside.

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Manjathal Sanctuary

Manjathal Sanctuary is famous for its rich wildlife as well as the vivid flora. Rich biodiversity of the Manjathal Sanctuary is a paradise for all the wildlife enthusiasts. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the place, there are no resorts or hotels constructed here in this region. It is an exciting place for kids since they can enjoy camping here.

Location: Placed beautifully in the lap of Himalayan terrains, the Manjathal Sanctuary is situated on the Shimla-Bilaspur Highway at Solan district (Shimla).

Highlights: This sanctuary attracts a number of nature lovers from across the country and is a home to several endangered animal species. One amongst them is the Goral that is a distinct type of mountain goat as well as the Cheer Pheasant that is believed to be vulnerable by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

Best Time: The best time to visit the Manjathal Sanctuary is during winters.

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