Erstwhile summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is an alluring hill station that lies about 63 km from Shimla. Nestled in the Himachal Pradesh’s Shivalik region, Chail basically is spread across the three hillocks - Sadh Tiba, Pandewa and Rajgarh. It is spread over an area covering 72 acres of land and overlooks the canyon of River Satluj. Chail enjoys a pleasant weather all round the year and is thus visited not just by the tourists but also the locals. Further, it also brings forth scenic and elegant views of the enclosing country side. Overlooking both Shimla and Kasauli, Chail used to be a sleepy little mountain village that underwent a transformation in the year 1893.
Chail along with Shimla and Kufri, is also known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful hill station that is free from the massive crowds that throng Shimla and consequently allows the travelers to relish the charm and the beauty of the place in its relative peace.
The lush green outfields, dense cover of deodar and pine trees and the stunning views of the mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty, makes Chile one of the most significant tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh.
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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.
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.
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
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
Jwalamukhi Devi Temple
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.
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
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.
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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- 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.
The legal age for drinking in Himachal Pradesh is 18 years.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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 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 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.
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.
CommandoCommando 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.
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