Thursday, 10 October 2013

Interesting Features Of Chail Tourism


Located at a distance of about 49 kilometres from Shimla, Chail is a picturesque hill station visited by tourists coming from different parts of the world. It has the world's highest pitch for playing cricket and a popular ground for polo, which is among the popular places to visit in Chail for tourists. People holidaying in this region would be far from the hustle-bustle of city life, enjoying the beautiful views that it has to offer. A trip to the surrounding villages would be an unforgettable experience for them, as they would get to travel through fascinating landscapes. A dense cover of deodar and pine trees also offers some fabulous views for tourists. It not only delights nature lovers, but also the people who are looking for some great adventure. Several types of flora and fauna can also be found in this region, which interests wildlife photographers and animal lovers.

The history of Chail as a summer destination dates back to the late nineteenth century. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala was banned from entering the summer capital, Shimla; as he had eloped with the daughter of Lord Kitchener, then Commander-in-Chief of British Indian Army. This enraged the Maharaja, who decided to build for himself a new summer capital that was better than Shimla. The British Government had already gifted him Chail, which was a sleepy little mountain village until then. He chose to transform Chail into his new summer capital, and ensured that it matched Shimla in every aspect. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh also developed the world's highest cricket field in Chail. It offers marvellous views of the surroundings, other than the excitement of games played on it. Other important aspects of Chail tourism are the views of beautiful orchards and pine valleys in the surroundings. Watching the Sutlej River running between the mountains would be a pleasing sight for tourists. There are many attractions in this region for tourists who are looking for some great places to make their Chail holidays memorable.

Among the famous attractions is Chail Sanctuary, which was used as a hunting reserve by the Royals of Patiala Kingdom. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1976, and has great variety of wild animals, such as, Himalayan Black Bears, Common Langurs and Black-napped Hares. The cricket ground constructed by the Maharaja of Patiala, also ranks among the top tourist attractions of Chail. Situated at an altitude of about 2,144 metres, it is the world's highest ever cricket pitch. Another great place to visit is Sidh Baba's Temple, which is locally known as 'Sidh Baba Ka Mandir'. According to the local legends, a saintly figure called Sidh Baba appeared in Maharaja Bhupinder Singh's dream and informed that one of the portions of land where he was building his palace was a holy place. This prompted the Maharaja to construct the temple on the site mentioned by Sidh Baba in his dream, and dedicate it to the revered saint. Surroundings of this temple would make for an excellent picnic spot for all the visitors.