Chail Hill Station is a beautiful hill station at an average altitude of around 2,226 meters, near to Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Chail Hill Station is situated at a higher altitude than Shimla. Chail is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world.
Chail Hill Station was the summer retreat of Maharajas of Patiala, in the late 18th and 19th century, till Indian Independence. After the accession of his Kingdom to India, the Maharaja has donated most of the buildings in Chail hill station to the Government of India. The Main Palace Complex, currently called The Chail Palace, in around 75 acres of land, is now a Heritage Hotel, under Himachal Pradesh Tourism department.
Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, shifted his summer retreat center to Chail Hill Station after he was denied entry to his erstwhile summer retreat in Shimla, by the British in 1891, due to his rage with Lord Kitchener. Maharaja decided to built a new retreat center and hence built this beautiful hill station retreat. Maharaja of Patiala built many architecturally beautiful buildings in the hill station of Chail .
Chail Hill Station has a beautiful cricket ground, which is considered as the highest cricket ground in the world. The same ground is also used as a polo ground. This ground is situated at an altitude of around 2444 meters above sea level! The same ground is also used for football matches as there are goal posts at a corner portion of the ground for this purpose.
Rastriya Military School at Chail
Maharaja of Patiala has donated one ancient building complex to “Rsatriya Military School”. The cricket ground cum polo ground (mentioned in the earlier paragraph) is now used as the playground for the Rastriya Military School. Rastriya Military School at Chail, which was earlier known as “King George Royal Indian Military School“, is the oldest Military school in India. Rastriya Military School at Chail is one of the best military schools for boys. It is the best military boarding schools, among the five Rastriya Military Schools. The Military school (sainik school in Hindi Lanuage) was designated as a college during the Second World War.
The other 4 military schools in India are at Bangalore, Belgaum, Ajmer & Dholpur. All the five military schools are affiliated to CBSE .
How Do I Go To Chail Hill Station?
Chail Hill Station is at a distance of around 45 to 60 kilometers from Shimala, depending on the route travelled. Shima-Chail via Kufri is around 45 kilometers and Shima-Chail via Kandaghat is 60 kilometers. Kalka hill station is at a distance of 90 kilometers from Chail. There are regular inter-state buses from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Regular buses operate from Shimla to Chail. Chandigarh is at a distance of around 120 kilometers, which has the nearest airport to Chail.