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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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What You Should Know More About Chail

  • Travel Tips

    • Keep touts at bay.
    • Never entertain the beggars.
    • Make sure you check for the quality of the street food before eating.
    • Whenever you purchase a bottle of water, make sure it is from a brand that is known to you. Secondly, check for the seal before buying. If the seal is broken, return it right away.
    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form. If you see any drug peddler or a dealer, you must leave from that place right away. Communicating with a drug dealer is outright foolish. Don’t let any mishap happen to you.
    • If you sense anything fishy, call the cops.
    • Never walk out of the hotel with cash more than necessary.
    • Keep your valuables and cash in a safe place.
    • Always prefer staying in a hotel that has a room safe.
    • Carry with you a copy of your passport and license always.
    • Don’t communicate with strangers who do not seem right to you.
    • Avoid getting involved in any form of fight or verbal spat.
    • Always be friendly to the locals.
    • Do not hamper the property of the hill station.
    • It is always a good idea to attain sufficient information about a place before you go there.
    • Be wary of the thefts.  

  • Drinking Age

    The legal age for drinking in Himachal Pradesh is 18 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Rashtriya Military school

    Rashtriya Military school in Chail is one of the five national military schools in the country.  It is home to 300 cadets from all parts of the country that are groomed to be the future saviours of our country. Students around the country come to the school to learn, understand, get trained to safeguard our nation. Tourists must visit this school to learn about their different activities and training programs.


    Cricket Ground

    Chail Cricket Ground, built in 1893 by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, is the highest point where a cricket ground is located in the world. At an altitude of 2,444m, it is used by the Chail Military School. The ground is also used for playing football as it has goal posts. There is also a well-maintained basketball court used for playing basketball. During vacations, it is sometimes used as a polo ground.


    Chail Sanctuary  

    Chail Sanctuary is spread over 110 km and has a vast forest covered area. One can spot sambar, goral, cheer pheasants, black bear, leopards, wild boars among many different animals here. You will mostly notice mammals in the Chail Sanctuary. Also, there is a dense cover of oak, pine, and grassland spread throughout. Tourists must visit Chail Sanctuary to capture beautiful moments and enjoy what nature has to offer.


    Chail Gurudwara

    The Chail Gurudwara was built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh at Chail in 1907. This Indo-western styled Gurudwara is one of the most famous place of attraction in Chail where worshippers come and seek blessings. It is a beautiful and magnificent Gurudwara which should be must visited by tourists.


    Lover’s point

    The Lover’s point in Chail is the best place to visit for couples. Newly wedded couples often visit Chail for their honeymoon and spending quality time together. Lover’s point is one of the main points of attraction for such people in Chail.


  • What you will like there?

    Bamboo Bridge Adventure

    Tourists have to cross the other side of the river using a bamboo bridge. They must go in a pair and should stand on a bamboo putting their hands together and cross the river. This adventurous activity will surely increase the tourist’s pulse rate. This is a unique adventurous activity that every tourist should participate to experience something new.


    Rock Rappelling

    Rock Rappelling is to climb down a steep slope using rope. It is an interesting but a difficult adventurous activity often performed in hilly regions. It is performed under expert instructors with protective gears. There are various spots where you can indulge in rock rappelling at Chail.  


    Burma Bridge

    Burma Bridge is a body balancing adventure sport. It is made up of a cable that is being used to walk and balance the body to reach the other side of bridge. It is done with protection so that it doesn’t harm the tourists.


    Tyre Bridge  

    Chail provides you with various adventurous sports and activities, tyre bridge is an unique one among them. Tourists have to cross a bridge made up of tyres with hand rails on either sides. It is performed under trained experts to ensure safety. Although it is a little risky, it can be a lot of fun at the same time.


    Commando

    Commando is the long network of ropes assembled like a spider web, here tourists have to walk through these ropes. It is advised to perform this activity under professionals but can be really enjoyable when done with a group of friends or your family.  

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

Traveller Tales from Chail

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Acharyasuta Khanna

21 October 2015

Very beautiful place with a breathtaking view. The cottages are very warm and cozy. The resort has some of the best facilities like gym, spa and the wonderful hot water swimming pool which is exactly what you need when it gets very cold. There are a lot of facilities for indoor and outdoor games. You can enjoy video games or play pool indoors. The location of the resort is ideal to go for trekking, horse riding and other adventure activities with a team of trained people always around. The glass dome structures make the place very appealing and give it a unique touch. Coming to the food, it was decent but the service was very good. The buffet was good too and the snacks bar was available 24/7.

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