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.
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.
Kali ka Tibba
Effortlessly beautiful, Kali Ka
Tibba in Chail is perched atop mountain Blossom making for a very pretty
picture. Dedicated to the goddess Kali this secluded destination is the perfect
getaway to attain that peace and quiet away from the throngs of tourists.
Trekking up to this serene location is a fun activity and you can encounter various species of animals on your way up. Angling and horse riding is also very popular in near Kali ka Tibba.
Stunning views and beautiful scenery of the Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni peak are breathtaking from Kali ka Tibba.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this place is in monsoons between August and November.
Built by the Maharaj of Patiala, this
holy place of worship emits a peaceful and sere vibe, surrounded by beautiful
greenery. Built in a church like structure showing the confluence of various
religions. Due to the meager Sikh population in the area an non patronization
by The Military School Chail, the condition of the gurudwara has deteriorated
over the years.
Situated atop the Pandhawa Hills, this stunning structure is yellow in colour and has a sprawling green lawn out front giving off a quaint country vibe and portrays British occupancy during that time.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Shopping In Chail
Shopping in Chail is famous for picking
up woollen garments and jams/jellies, prepared from hand-picked, farm fresh
Chail hardly has any shopping destinations. There are local markets the most famous and probably the only one being Chail Bazaar, where rows and rows of small shops feature woollen garments, artifacts, pickles, squashes, juices and jams all sold at cheap prices and open to relentless bargaining.
Tourists can buy Kinnauri mufflers, Himachali caps, scarves, sweaters, gloves, socks, handmade shoes, and Pashmina shawls. Apart from woollen garments, there are authentic rugs and carpets, ideal for home décor to add that unique touch.
Chail is also famous for it’s pretty silver, stone-studded or metal jewelery.
If you’re looking for something out of the blue to indulge in then head to Sadhupul Lake. This beautiful lake is the perfect destination to spend your evening at for a romantic getaway or a family outing. The cool breeze and sound of trickling water provides a very calm ambience.
The Sadhupul Lake is famous for it’s restaurant on the lake where wooden tables and chairs are spaced across the water body. You can dangle your legs in the water when it’s low and enjoy a great meal. The chairs and tables are pulled back however when flow of the river is high.
Best time to Visit: The best time to visit Sadhupul Lake is in the monsoon seasons of July-August.
Sidh Baba Ka Mandir
A popular religious landmark in Chail, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, dedicated to the Hindu saint named Sidh Baba, is a revered religious site in Chail. This shrine is located atop a hill, between Rajgarh and Pandhawa.
There are many legends associated with the construction of this temple. According to one of these, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the former king of Patiala planned and commenced the construction of a palace at this spot. One day, Sidh Baba came in the king's dreams and informed the king that this pot was where he used to meditate and was eventually cremated, apparently stressing on the fact that this hill is pious and can’t be used for residential purposes. Overcome by his dream, the king built Sidh Baba Ka Mandir to honour of the saint.
A large number of devotees visit the shrine that boasts a peaceful and tranquil ambience along with stunning scenic surroundings, which is characterised by towering hills and lush green forests.
Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM