Chail in Himachalwas built as the summer capital of the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala in Punjab. It has an interesting story behind it. In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh incurred the wrath of the British and was banned entry to the summer capital of Shimla. This enraged the Maharaja and he vowed to build a better summer capital in the vicinity of Shimla for himself. And indeed! Chail, a little village close to Shimla, was a slice of heaven. It was perfectly surrounded by magnificent deodar forests and also in close vicinity of Shimla. Moreover, the hill of Chail at 2226 meters was somewhat higher than British-controlled Shimla, this satisfied the ego of the King and he started developing Chail according to his needs. Chail is built on three hills.
The palace is on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View, once occupied by the British, is on Pandhewa Hill and the town of Chail is situated on the third hill Sadh Tiba. This small village also boasts of the world's highest Cricket ground built by the Maharaja himself who was a great patron of the game.
Nature is at her exuberant best in Chail. The majestic snow-capped Shivalik peaks, the beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys surrounded by Deodar forests and crisp air… Chail surely casts a spell. The River Sutlej which takes twists and turns and the valley beneath offers a stupendous view from the hills of Chail. Chail in Himachal Pradesh is enchanting and the views are mesmerizing. Chail is a small hamlet where nature has showered with all its beauties, where time stands still and romance is in air. Truly a paradise for all.
Mostly Chail should be enjoyed for its natural beauty with its beautiful scented forests and the scenic beauty of the valleys of pine forests. Chail receives snowfall in winters and the snow gives way to marvelous flowers those blossom on the trees and the whole valley changes its color.
One of the few important sites that need special visits is the Palace of the Maharaja. Built-in 1891 on the hills of Rajgarh, it was devastated in fire and was rebuilt in 1951. Today it has been converted into a heritage hotel property, but still holds the charm of the bygone era.
The Sidh Baba Ka Mandir was supposed to be the actual site of the palace that was built in 1891. But the legend goes that after the work of building the palace on the site was initiated, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh dreamt of a saint who said it used to be his place for meditation. Thus the Maharaja stopped the work of palace over here and instead built a temple dedicated to the saint and named it Sidh Baba ka Mandir.
Chail boasts of the world's highest cricket ground. The Maharaja was a great admirer and patron of Cricket. Therefore he developed the ground with all the amenities. The highlight of this place is not only the attitude that it is placed on but the magnificent view that it commands. The Maharaja made it a point to have all that Shimla did not have to score over the British.