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Due to its location in the Shivalik Mountain ranges, Chail experiences a cool and pleasant climate all through the year. Chail is popular hill resort in the summer months offering tourists respite from the dusty summer of the northern plains.  Summer season extends from March to May with maximum temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius. The monsoon rainy season from June to September brings adequate rainfall and the hill resort looks exceedingly beautiful in the rains. The Chail winter season ranges from October to end of February and can be sometimes too cold for comfort. Temperatures in Chail can drop to a low of 1 to 2 degrees Celsius in the winters accompanied by snowfall and chilly breeze. The best time to visit Chail is from April to October.

How To Reach

By Road:

Reaching Chail by road is a much more convenient and realistic option for tourists. The Tourists driving from Northern parts of India can use the National Highway to Shimla via Chandigarh. Chail is located at a distance of 115 Kms from Chandigarh and regular bus and cabs services are available to reach Chail from Shimla. 

By Air:

Chail does not have a dedicated airport and the nearest airport is the one located at Shimla. The Jubbar Hati domestic airport of Shimla is located at a distance of 63 kms from Chail. Shimla airport is well connected to all major Indian cities and towns. Another option for tourists is to reach Chandigarh by air and then drive from Chandigarh to Chail which is a distance of 115 Kms. The Chandigarh airport is well connected to all cities and towns and has a regular flight schedule to all parts of India.

By Rail:

The most luxurious way to reach Chail by rail is using the Kalka Shimla small gauge Joy train. Local bus and cab facilities are available at Shimla to reach Chail. The joy train is a historic journey through the Shivalik Mountains and tunnels making it an immensely enjoyable journey. The distance from Kalka to Chail is 86 Kms.


The hill resort of Chail is located at an altitude of 2226 meters above sea level near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as the 'slice of heaven' due its picturesque Palaces and forests, Chail attracts nature lovers and tourists for its breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Surrounded by magnificent deodar forests, Chail's matchless natural greenery with still calm exquisiteness adds to the everlasting reminiscences of the tourists.


Chail was the former 'summer capital' of the Maharaja of Patiala and its serene natural beauty is honeymooner's paradise. The resort offers various tourist attractions including the Chail wildlife sanctuary and the Chail palace offer an insight into the old aristocratic luxurious life. Chail is also renowned for the highest cricket and polo ground in the world.


Chail offers wonderful natural beauty in its true abundance and is popular amongst tourists for hiking, fishing and trekking escapades. Chail is also infamous for its aggressive hill monkeys and tourists are advised to instigate the animals in any way. From fruit laden orchids to line a high Pine and Deodar trees, Chail offers royalist charm and adventure activities catering to the need of a vast spectrum of visitors.


Although Chail does not offer too many shopping outlets, Kinnauri mufflers, Himachali cap available at local stores are best souvenirs to take back from this royal hill station. Because of its princely orchids, Chail offers a number of fruit delicacies including kiwi squash and mushroom pickles.