Exploring the Majestic Shivalik - Chail
Chail has very pleasant weather throughout the year.
Occupying a former Maharaja’s palace dating from 1891, this elegant Chail Palace hotel is set on 75 acres of wooded grounds in the Himalayan foothills.
The Palace Chail is 26 km from Chail Sanctuary wildlife refuge and approximately 88 km from Kalka railway station.
Chail Palace & It's History
Built in 1891 as a Summer Retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala
Built in 1891 as a Summer Retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala, Maharaja Rajinder Singh, Chail is located at a higher altitude than Shimla and has a clear view of it.
The story goes that the Maharaja was in love with the daughter of British Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener and eloped with her.
As a result, Lord Kitchener banned the entry of Maharaja Rajender Singh to Shimla. Thereafter, the Maharaja vowed to find an alternative to Shimla.
He first built a palace near Khandaghat called Chail View Palace and then built a road to Chail and finally his own summer retreat, the Chail Palace in this little town surrounded by deodar forests.
it is said that Chail itself had been gifted to the Maharaja by the Britishers earlier for the former’s assistance in the Anglo-Nepalese War.
After accession to the Indian Union, Maharaja of Patiala donated most of his buildings to Chail Military School and the Government of India.
The area is also famous for its cricket ground & a polo ground at an altitude of 2,444 m was owned by the erstwhile royal family of Patiala. It is the world’s highest cricket ground.
Chail Palace Hotel - Beautiful Place with Amazing Views
The Palace Chail is now operated by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
The Palace Chail is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The Palace was built in 1891 by Maharaja of Patiala and is a Premium Heritage Property.
The distance from Shimla to Chail is 45 km. The suites, rooms and cottages have a fireplace and are sumptuously furnished with ornate and antique furniture.
The rebuilt log huts in the middle of the forest and 300 yards from the Palace Hotel are excellent.
The Palace has a Kings Dining Restaurant (serving Multi Cuisine Indian, Chinese, Continental & Himachali food), a Royal Bar, and a Conference Hall with a Capacity of 70 Pax Theatre style).
Other facilities include an Open Air Cafe Royal, Ayurveda Rejuvenation Centre, Guide for trekking, Lounge, Taxi on demand, Laundry facility, and Gift Shop.
Activities include Billiards, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Intercom, Cricket, Table Tennis, Children’s Park, Doctor on call, and Drive in facility with Parking Area.
Today, people consider it an old and small palace that anyone can visit by paying Rs 200 per person. I’ve come here with my parents many times in the past, predominantly because my father studied at King George’s School Chail.
Today, King George’s School Chail is called Rashtriya Military School Chail (or Chail Military School). The school’s origins lie with the establishment of King George’s Royal Indian Military School in Jullunder (later Jalandhar), Punjab, in 1925.
The foundation stone of this school was laid in the Jullunder Cantonment by King George V in February 1922, and the school started functioning in 1925.
The school was moved to its present location in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, in 1960. Cadets are known as Georgians after the school’s founding father
On 1 July 1960, the King George’s School Nowgong, which was earlier moved from Jalandhar to Kitchener College in Nowgong, was relocated to its current location in Chail in Himachal Pradesh.
King George's School Chail - The Alma Mater of Georgians
Today it is called Rashtriya Military School Chail (or Chail Military School).
Today King George’s School Chail is called Rashtriya Military School Chail (or Chail Military School). The school’s origins lie with the establishment of King George’s Royal Indian Military School in Jullunder (later Jalandhar), Punjab, in 1925.
The school was moved to its present location in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, in 1960. Cadets are known as Georgians after the school’s founding father.
Kali Ka Tibba Chail - A Must See
Kali Ka Tibba Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and Panchmukhi Hanuman.
No trip to Chail is complete without visiting Mata Kali Ka Tibba. This temple is situated on top of a hill, and as the name suggests, Kali Ka Tibba Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and Panchmukhi Hanuman.
The temple opening hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Praying at this secluded place gives one a chance to spend some alone time in peace, away from crowded tourist places.
To reach this place, you have to pass through the forest where there are beautiful pine and deodar trees.
Once you reach the top, it is a very peaceful, serene and beautiful place with a breathtaking view of the hills and the valley from the temple.
You may also enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Choor Chandni and Shivalik Range from the temple.
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