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Chail is 44 km from Shimla. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture, the palace was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British raj. 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.
Chail is also considered as the hiker's paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.
In 1891, MaharajaBhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener. It led to the restriction of his entry in the Indian summer capital, Shimla. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer retreat for himself. So he rebuilt the place (Chail) as per his requirements.
After accession to the Indian Union, Maharaja of Patiala donated most of his buildings to Chail Military School and Government of India.
Chail stipulates for adventure seeking tourist, as it is being located in several mountain ranges and dark green forests. Chail have great account of adventurous activities to perform:
The Chail Sanctuary was inaugurated on 21st March 1976. It sprawls over about 11,000 hectares of land and is a pride of the hill station. It houses thick forests of deodar and oak trees, grasslands and a variety of wildlife, especially deer, Himalayan black bear and many colorful birds. The best way to explore this sanctuary is by going on a trek inside. The rugged terrain does not allow any vehicle to tread and tourists are encouraged to take a walk in the wild side of Chail. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja. Barking deer and Kalijin are seen during dusk and dawn.
Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level. Built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, who developed Chail as his summer capital, the ground was used to play friendly matches by him. It was later transferred to the military school.
The world's highest cricket and polo ground. It is surrounded by tall deodar forests and was built in 1893. It is also a chosen site for hockey camps that are organized here from time to time.
At 8,000 ft, the highest point in the area from downtown Chail, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir (1.5 km) is situated on a hill between Rajgarh and Pandhawa. A belief of the rural people of Chail is that Sidh Baba is the protector of prosperity of Chail. The temple is a simple, traditional structure.
It is believed that Maharaja Bhupinder Singh first chose the site on which the temple is now situated for his palace but when the construction was started, he had a strange dream. A saint came in his dream and told the king that he had meditated on this site and thus, he should not build the palace there. The ruler respectfully shifted the site of his palace and instead built a temple there in the honor of the revered saint. The shrine came to be known as Sidh Baba Ka Mandir.