Things to Do in Chail

Located at an altitude of 2,250m above sea level, Chail is one of the most beautiful hill station one will ever come across in its lifetime. The then Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh had founded Chail in 1983. Since Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was banned from entering Shimla because he had eloped with the daughter of the then Commander-in-Chief of British Army, Lord Kitchener, he decided to make a new summer retreat place from himself, Chail. Chail is just 63 km away from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, but it does not attract the crowd of tourists which swarm in Shimla. Some of the best things to do in Chail include visiting the Chail Sanctuary, Chail Palace, Kali Tibba Temple, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, etc.  It offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the scenic beauty which surrounds the city and is the perfect spot for people looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. Apart from the scenic beauty, Chail also offers few of the country’s finest and thrilling activities. If one is visiting the hill station with a group of friends, then they can either go for river rafting or for a trek. Trekking is an activity which cannot be explained, it can only be experienced, all the long walk pays off when one finishes the trek and gets that feeling of joy and triumph at the top of the hill. Even if one is traveling alone, they can enjoy activities such as flying fox, paragliding, rock climbing or the bamboo bridge. Except for the adventure activities, one can also enjoy the fauna and the monumental beauty of this place. It has a cricket ground, which is the highest cricket ground in the world and watching a cricket match here is definitely one of the best things to do in Chail. One can visit the Palace Hotel or even go to the wildlife sanctuary which houses numerous species of birds and animals. Chail is the perfect place to visit if one wants to enjoy the beauty of nature as well have some fun.

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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

Previously a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is amongst the lesser known wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Situated 63 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, it’s unmistakingly one of the most well conserved wildlife sanctuaries and is home to a opulent collection of flora and fauna.

Situated in the Himalayan ranges at a height of 7152 feet, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a pleasant climate, magnificent views and a rich abundance of greenery. The sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of fauna and flora. Some of the most popular animal species of the park includes European red deer, wild boar, goral, spotted deer, sambar, common langur, Himalayan black bear, flying squirrel, Indian porcupine, etc. The flora it hosts include the native Pine and Deodar trees.

Best time to Visit: March to October.

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Chail Things To Do FAQs

Which are the best adventure activities to do in Chail?

Adventure activities are catching up with people who want something new in their life and bored of doing the same thing over and over again. Here’s a list of adventure activities one can do in Chail.

  • Trekking- Trekking is the best method to explore the natural beauties of a place. The view which one gets from the top after finishing the trek is unparalleled and cannot be expressed in words.
  • Flying Fox- Flying Fox is one of the best adventure activity as while doing it, the person is made to travel through a zipline and feels as if one is flying through the trees.
  • Bamboo Bridge- Bamboo Bridge tests the calmness and stability of the person and is advisable only if one does not fear height.
  • Rock Climbing- Rock climbing is one of the most difficult adventure activity available as one has to climb a rock without any external support. It is advisable to take prior training before carrying out this activity.

Which are some famous camping sites in Chail?

Camping is a very wonderful experience as one lives away from the city, without any luxuries and enjoys the nature’s beauty. Some famous camping sites in Chail are as follows:

  • Snow Trails Camp
  • Chail Camps
  • Chrysalid Camp
  • Hail Himalayas Shoghi
  • Boparai Camping Sites

Which are the best adventure treks in and around Chail?

Chail is known for the experiences one can have while trekking and it is the perfect way to explore nature. Here’s a list of best adventure treks in and around Chail

  • Snow Trails
  • Bir Valley
  • Cave Waterfalls
  • Trekking from Chail to Gaura
  • Trekking in Chail hills
  • Trekking with Jungle Livinn Camps and Resorts

Where can I go for river rafting near Chail?

River Rafting is one the most popular adventure activity available in our country. Every year, thousands of people visit Himachal Pradesh so that they can tick off river rafting off the bucket list. In river rafting, a group of 5 to 8 people are made to row the raft through the currents of a river. Many places in India have the facility of river rafting but Himachal Pradesh offers one of the best river rafting experience. Near Chail, river rafting can be done in Tattapani, one can avail the 14 km or the 36 km long route there.

Where can I go for paragliding in and around Chail?

Chail is a place that shouts out adventure. Paragliding is just one of many adventures that a tourist can enjoy while in Chail. The best place to do paragliding here would be in Bir Valley. This valley was developed to create a place for adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, camping and so on. This valley is covered with tea gardens and is surrounded by low hills. So when one goes for paragliding, they feel like they are diving into a pool of greenery. One feels rejuvenated after the activity and is able to connect to Mother Nature. One can even go to the Hail Himalayas Soghi which is a few km away from Chail to do paragliding.

Chail Things To Do Reviews

Anal Dwivedi
Reviewed: 16 Feb 2020
This adventure park has nine sets of activities to do there and all were completely different and was really exciting to do so. Our favourite one was the Tarzan Swing. While rock climbing we were a bit tired but once we reached the top the view of Kasauli from there was fabulous. A highly recommende... Read More
Bhadra Dhawan
Reviewed: 15 Feb 2020
It was a great adventure activity in Kasauli. They had so many activities to do. You would want to do those again and again. You should carry sunscreen and sunglasses with you to protect yourself from excess of Sunlight. I will definitely go there again.
Balaaditya Malik
Reviewed: 09 Feb 2020
All thrilling adventure is here, I and my group had a great time there in which we did not miss any single activity available at this adventure park. The place is beautiful which gave a good photograph, Overall never-ending fun
Himani Nair
Reviewed: 15 Feb 2020
It is the best place for us as we all love to do adventure activities and what’s better than doing it in Kasauli on the last day of the trip. Very happy with this place and thanks Thrillophilia for an affordable price while booking.
Tejas Bhattacharya
Reviewed: 21 Jan 2020
The adrenaline rush throughout your body while doing so many activities was totally worth it. I loved the whole idea of this adventure in the Kasauli package.
Acharyasuta Khanna
Reviewed: 20 Oct 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. Yo... Read More
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