The LnC-Silhouette team set out for Chail for our annual trip this year. Here’s a look at this mesmerising hill station in Himachal Pradesh, up in the sylvan hills of the Himalayas. We named our trip “Chail Chalo!” 😊🚍🚗
Nestled amidst the picturesque beauty of Himachal Pradesh, Chail is a serene hill station that offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Situated at an altitude above 2,250 meters of the sea level, Chail is known for its lush greenery, pleasant weather, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Chail: Exploring the Beauty of the Hill Station
Chail holds a significant historical value as it was once the summer capital of the princely state of Patiala. Today, it attracts travellers with its captivating landscapes and peaceful atmosphere. The hill station is perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those seeking solace in the lap of nature.
We booked a comfortable bus and drove all the way from Delhi, playing antakshari and games on the way.
Covered by the beautiful pine and deodar forests, Chail is Himachal Pradesh’s laidback hill station located in the Solan district. The convenient location of Chail makes it easily accessible from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, making it a popular weekend getaway destination.
Chail is renowned for several attractions and unique features that set it apart from other hill stations. Here are some of the highlights you can check out:
Gurudwara Sahib Chail
Constructed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, the Chail Gurudwara is a Sikh temple which was established at Chail in 1907. The Gurudwara is located a few metres uphill from the Chail Market.
Kali Tibba Temple
This temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is perched on a hilltop and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and the Shivalik range. It is a popular religious site and a great trekking destination.
One of the major landmarks in Chail is the Chail Palace, built in 1891 by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. It is an architectural marvel and is now a heritage hotel. Tourists can visit the palace and experience its royal grandeur and beautiful gardens.
Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple
The Stoned Kumbh Shiv Temple is perched on top of a peak in the Himachal Pradesh hill station is a place not known by most tourists visiting Chail. It is located in a serene spot, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and isn’t very famous. The temple was built single-handedly by 64-year-old Satya Bhushan over the last 38 years.
How to Reach Chail
Chail is well-connected by road, and various transportation options are available to reach this serene hill station:
By Air: The nearest airport to Chail is the Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla, located around 72 kilometres away. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from the airport to Chail. Another option is Chandigarh airport which is at a distance of 113 kilometres via NH 22. These airports have flights connecting them with major Indian cities.
By Train: Kalka is the the nearest railway station to Chail, around 82 kilometres away via NH 22. Various trains such as Kalka Mail, Kalka Shatabdi, Paschim Express and Himalayan Queen connect Kalka with major Indian cities. You can hire a taxi from Kalka or take a toy train to Shimla, followed by a road journey to Chail.
By Road: Chail is easily accessible from major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. Regular bus services and private taxis can reach Chail from these cities.
Best Places to Visit Around Chail
While Chail itself offers numerous attractions, there are also some breathtaking places to visit in the surrounding areas:
Best time to visit Chail
The average temperature in Chail is usually around 15 °C therefore, Chail is considered a year-round destination. However, the best time to visit Chail is during the summer, from April to mid-June. With its snow-covered hills and cinematic appearance, Chail also promises to be a great winter destination as well.
As we conclude this journey through the mesmerising hill station of Chail, it becomes evident why this serene destination is a favorite among travellers seeking solace and natural splendour. With its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and charming attractions, Chail offers an experience like no other. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or a seeker of tranquillity, Chail caters to every wanderer’s soul.
So, pack your bags, embrace the tranquillity, and embark on a soul-stirring journey to Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Let the mountains whisper their secrets, the valleys embrace you, and the beauty of Chail and its neighbouring gems captivate your senses.
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