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The former 'summer capital' of Patiala, Chail is 43 kilometres from Shimla. When Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the fury of Lord Kitchener, he was banned from the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla. Angry by this, the Maharaja decided to build a used & better summer capital for himself. He picked Chail, at the time a tiny village & he rebuilt the city. Chail is of the few hill stations not built by the British. With the spectacular views of the Himalayas & surrounded by lush forests, Chail is a quiet retreat.

Chail is built on hills - the palace on Rajgarh Hill, the British Residency on Pandhewa Hill and Sadh Tiba is the third hill. Sadh Tiba was originally the site of the palace but the Maharaja halted construction there and built a temple, Sidh Baba ka Mandir, following a dream. Chail overlooks Satluj Valley and at night, Shimla and Kasauli are visible.

Chail has the world’s highest cricket pitch at 2444m and it also doubles up as a polo field. Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of about 11,000 acres, the sanctuary dates back to the year 1976 and supports a wide selection of wildlife. The Maharaja's Palace, also called the Rajgarh Palace, was established in 1891 and is today, of the most popular attractions of Chail.

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