Chail is 44 km from Shimla. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla. Chail is also considered as the hiker’s paradise.
We stayed at Chail overnight to break the journey to Manali. We reached at 11pm and were to leave in the morning after breakfast. Our stay was booked at the heavenly Chail Palace. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture. It was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj, on the land allotted to him by the British for former’s assistance in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,444 m was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala. It is the world’s highest cricket ground.
Built in 1891, Chail Palace or Maharaja’s palace is set in approximately 75 acres and has a truly regal setting with spectacular views. Chail Palace has a wide variety of cottages, suites and rooms with different tariffs to accommodate every visitor who wishes to savor this majestic hill station. It is now owned by Himachal Tourism.
We had booked two cottages and a suite. The cottages had a beautiful view overlooking the Himalayan range. The elders stayed in the cottages which meant that we got the suite to ourselves. 😉 Sadly, we forgot the DSLR at the cottage so couldn’t take any picture of our suite. But we had a gala time without the supervision. 😀 Our room had a jacuzzi which led to arguments between the girls and boys as to who would get to use it first! 😛
We woke up early in the morning with sounds coming from the roof of our suite. Stepping into the balcony, we saw 5-6 monkeys jumping happily on the roof! 🙂 After getting ready, we headed to the dining area where we were served breakfast. We clicked a few pictures and then rushed back to the vehicle & left for Manali.
I think I can say that though our stay was too short but we felt extremely royal at Chail Palace. 😉