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  • Popularly known as the summer capital of the flamboyant royal families of the princely state of Patiala, Chail a quaint and beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh offers the perfect mountain getaway. With panoramic stunning views of the surrounding countryside also overlooking both, Kasauli and Shimla enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year and is ideal for those looking for a foggy, hazy hill station.

    Featuring thick forests covered with Pine and Deodar trees, lush green meadows, stunning views of mountains hiding behind clouds of mist and fog along with its captivating natural beauty and vibe makes it a perfect place to visit. Chail is never shy of places to visit or things to do.

    Numerous winding trekking trails lead from Chail to Shimla, Choor Peak, Kali Temple and other places. Angling is a popular activity undertaken in Giri River, a few kilometers away from Chail.

    The best time to visit this magical hill station is between the months of April - June and September - October.

     Here are some of the best places to visit in Chail:

  • 01Palace Hotel

    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. 

  • 02Kali ka Tibba

    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.

  • 03Gurudwara Sahib

    Gurudwara Sahib
    Image Credit : wikipedia

    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

  • 04Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
    Image Credit :  flowcomm-Flickr

    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.

  • 05Shopping In Chail

    Shopping In Chail
    Image Credit : Utsav Verma-Flickr

    Shopping in Chail is famous for picking up woollen garments and jams/jellies, prepared from hand-picked, farm fresh fruits.

    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.

  • 06Sadhupul Lake

    Sadhupul Lake
    Image Credit : generalising-Flickr

    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. 

  • 07Sidh 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


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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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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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.