Chail is a beautiful hill station in north India. It was the summer capital of the princely state of Patiala. Chail is located just about 63 km from Shimla. It is surrounded by the Shivalik range and occupies three hills, Pandewa, Rajgarh and Sadh Tiba. The village covers an area of approximately 72 acres and overlooks the Sutlej valley. After the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh was exiled from Shimla, he moved to Chail and ensured that Chail looks just as stunning as Shimla did. From the greenery to the apple orchards, Chail emereged as one of the most relaxing hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It also boasts of the world’s highest cricket stadium, the Chail Cricket Ground, Chail Military Scool, Chail palace and the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary that are few of the places to visit in Chail. Here are 10 pictures of the simplicity of Chail that will make you want to visit the hill station soon.

Despite being one of the smaller hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Chail offers serene landscapes.

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

There are a lot of hikes and treks you can opt for at Chail

Trying camping or homestays is a must in Chail

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

There are several apple orchard you can visit to have some of India’s best!

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

If you need a vacation away from the touristy-crowded places, Chail is the place for you!

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

Here is what the village looks like after you trek to one of the hills during the day

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

And if you make up your mind to camp in the wilderness… this is what the valley will look like post sundown!

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

Walk around the Chail market, interact with the locals and pick some Himachali souvenirs for home

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Photograph courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons

Get as close to nature as you can while here

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Photograph courtesy: Soumen Halder/Creative Commons

Because, it’s not something you’ll find in any of the big cities of India!

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