Ekam is 8 kms before Chail, at a height of 1520 mtrs or 5000 ftAt the altitude of 2,250 meters from sea level, Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, built Chail, when he was exiled from Shimla and decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail.

Chail was the ideal of his Summer Capital – Being surrounded by thick cover of dense, majestic, soaring deodars; with Simla just 45 kms away and most significantly, the hill of Chail, decidedly higher than the then British controlled Shimla.This picturesque hill station, located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars, is built on three hills. The palace on the Rajgarh Hill; the Residency Snow View, once occupied by the British residents on Pandhewa Hill and on the third being the Sadh Tiba hill. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from her.

  • Chail is 45 kms away from Shimla, H.P.?
  • Chail is also considered as the hiker's paradise.?
  • Chail is one of the popular hill stations in India?
  • Chail was formerly the summer capital of Patiala.?
  • Chail has world's highest Cricket Pitch.?
  • Shimla and Kasauli can also be viewed at night from here by overlooking Satluj river?
  • Altitude - 2,150 m (7,054 ft)
  • Best time to visit- May-July and September-November


The clouds, the hills, and the sprawling greens-all these signify Chail. It turns you poetic, transforms your honeymoon into dream and a piece of land on earth into paradise.  Located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, the small hamlet called Chail is a place where time stands still. Nature is at her exuberant best and words like pollution and deforestation have never entered the dictionary of a person living in Chail. This small town, the summer residence of the Patiala state rulers has a story to tell. In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the wrath of Lord Kitchener, the then Commander-in-Chief. As a result, he was banned entry into the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla. This enraged the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new and better summer capital for himself. He looked around and after quite some time realized it had all the while been in his possession. Chail, a little village close to Shimla, was a 'slice of heaven' surrounded by lush forests with a commanding view of the snow-capped Himalayas. He rebuilt the city according to his requirements and built for himself a wonderful palace. Today this palace is run as a hotel. In 1972, it was taken over by the Himachal Pradesh Development Corporation and has since been a luxury resort combining nostalgia with modern-day conveniences. It is an experience well worth it, particularly on one's honeymoon.


Chail and its surrounding areas is a delight for tourists in every season. It is charming in summer, fascinating in autumn when the fields and the forests are covered with a cloak of russet and gold and, of course, in winter it is nothing less than paradise. Everything about this place is as perfect as perfection can possibly be. The air here is crisp, invigorating and there is some kind of warmth in the snow.