Chail

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Chail is a beautiful hill station 43 km from Shimla, spread over 3 hills [citation needed]. Chail was developed as a sort of rebuff to the British, and was probably one of the few hill stations that were not developed by the British. It was developed as the summer capital of the erstwhile Patiala Maharajah, who built a grand palace here since the British did not grant him permission to do so in Shimla.
Chail was essentially a sleepy little mountain village set in a beautiful locale till the 19th century. Originally, it was a part of Keonthal State. Then it came under the sway of the Gorkha warrior Amar Singh. Finally it became a royal resort and summer seat of Maharaja of Patiala.

It was captured by the British and then handed over to the Maharajah of Patiala after a few years; its transformation began in 1893, when the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala decided to create a new summer capital which would be 'better' than Shimla; all this for a bruised ego, after he was banished from Shimla for eloping with Lord Kitchner's daughter. Lord Kitchner just happened to be the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army at that time.

The present Chail is spread over an area of 72 acres on three adjacent hills - the Rajgarh Hill where the Palace is built, the Pandava Hill where the old Residency 'Snow View' is located and where the British Resident lived, and finally the Siddh Tibba, where the temple of Baba Sidhnath is located at a height of 2226 ft. Chail, with its stunning landscapes, rolling hills, lovely gardens, fast moving rivers and the magnificent mountains, is the perfect holiday destination. It also has the highest cricket ground in the world.

Surrounded by thick Deodar forest, it is a must for people interested in hiking and trekking, especially in places that are somewhat pristine and less touched by tourists. The drive to Chail is a spectacular one, winding its way over the slopes of Kandaghat, past green conifer forests and pretty orchards. On one side is the towering snow-capped Himalayas, and on the other side is the Sutlej valley, with the lights of Shimla and Kasauli visible at night. With the majestic snow-capped Shivalik peaks in the background and the beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys around reminding one of the many wonders of nature, Chail is sure to cast a spell.

Located on a spur, on a clear day, Chail offers a magnificent and splendid view of the valley. It is an out-of-this-world experience to look down and see the River Sutlej winding its way between the mountains, overlooking at the same time both Kasauli and Shimla (45 km) further via Kufri. It is an even more splendid view in the night, with the distant lights of the surroundings creating its own magic pattern on the horizon.

Chail is a very small town on the hills with barely five to six hotels. Chail's Mall is small and a big contrast to Shimla, which can seem very crowded during the tourist season. It has precisely twelve shops and half a dozen hotels on one single stretch and that is the end of it. Commercialization seems to be still knocking at Chail and is some distance away

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