World's Highest Cricket Pitch
Chail is not only famous for its picturesque surroundings, climate, but is also the home for the World Highest Pitch located at an altitude of 7500 ft high above sea level which forms a major attraction to the tourist. Whenever one visits Chail, a visit to the cricket ground is an integral part of his itinerary.
Kali Ka Tibba (1km.)
Adjoining the Resort, is the most photogenic, scenic picnic spot known for its beautiful sunsets along with it almighty goddess Kali Ma's Temple.
The luxuriously Chail Palace owned by Himachal Tourism. Beautifully set in sprawling 75 acres amid thick woods, this regal building built in 1891 offers spectacular views of the Churdhar Ranges and the distant planes.
Sidh Baba Temple (7km.)
In the fold of the nature lies the Sidh Baba Temple which bring its own holy sanctity to the place with a quite interesting historic past. The story goes this way that earlier it is said that the actual site for the Maharaja's Palace was the place where the Baba used to meditate. Maharaja of Patiala one day spotted the land and sent his Courtier asking the Baba to vacate the land and look for another suitable spot for his meditation. The Baba pleaded the Highness not to take the step of construction in the place but all in vain. The Maharaja was adamant for the spot and he ordered his courtiers to start work their. When the construction began one very astonishing thing happened. The laborers used to construct the wall in the morning and it used to demolish on its own by next morning. This incident continued for a month and then the Maharaja realized the words of the Baba. He recalled him and donated the land for the construction of the temple. Thus, the Sidh Baba Temple came into its very existence. It is said that the place has such a sanctity that if you tie a knot of the thread with a wish in your mind to the tree in the temple your wish will surely be fulfilled and the knot or the thread falls by itself after the completion of the wish. This story is recounted even today by the Priest of Sidh Baba Temple and the locals who have been staying in the place for years.
Gaura GiriPul (28.5km.)
Boosts of its sloping and enchanting drives with deodar, Chir pine forming a wonderful sight on the road sides, the stretch being an open Wild life Sanctuary welcomes the visitors with unexpected stop over when you come across a kakkar, sambhar or any of the wild life to give a glance. Giri Pul is set amidst Thick Chir Pine and an excellent place for trout fishing on a height of 1530 meters.
Renuka Lake (156.5km.)
The Renuka lake is regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji, the wife of the sage Jamadagini and the mother of parshurama-one of the ten 'Avatars' of lord Vishnu. Shaped like the profile of a woman, the lake has a circumference of 2.5 km and is the largest in Himachal. This placid stretch of water is fed by underground springs and the surrounding hills are padded by lush forests that support a large variety of plant and animal life. Boating and trekking are the additional attractions of Renukaji, whose natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. Here is a perfect year-round destination that beckons every traveller. Legend has it that when the evil Sahastr-Arjuna killed the sage Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka, she flung herself into these waters. The gods restored her to life and this lake is regarded to be her embodiment. There is a row of temples along its bank, and a track encircles the waters. Boats are available on hire from the hotel. At the base of the Renuka lake, this large pool is considered to embody lord Parshurama, who wished too spend all eternity at his mother's feet. Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th century, the original temple of Renukaji is here. Both mother and son are reunited every year at a celebratory fair held in November.
Paonta Sahib (161 km.)
Surrounded by a sal forest and on the banks of river Yamuna, the historic town of Paonta Sahib (398 m) was founded by the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When only 16 years old, the Guru left Anandpur Sahib and on the invitation of Raja Maidini Prakash of Sirmour, lived at this beautiful spot for over four years. The historic gurudwara commemorates his stay and interestingly the waters of the Yamuna fall silent below this which happened at the Guru's behest. The word 'Paonta' means 'Space for a foot hold'. The town which also has numerous temples comes alive with gaiety in March-April during the Holi and Basakhi festivals.
Pabbar Valley (The Apple Country) (125km.)
From the town of Theog, 45 kms from Chait you can take a branch road through thick interspersed with picturesque hamlets to arrive at Kotkhai, 110 kms from Chail. The town is best known for its apple orchards and traditional architecture. The pabbar River, at Rohru is an excellent place for trout fishing.
At a height of 2700 meters, Narkanda has a choice Ski Slopes a beginner's run, a slalom slope and sharper descents for the seasoned skier.
Hattu Peak (124km.)
Hattu Peak 3300 meters, rises through spruce trees to crown the place. An hours drive away are Thanedar and Kotgarh where the Quaker Samuel Evan Stokes settled after converting to Hinduism and planted orchards of red delicious and golden delicious apples that transformed the local economy. Legend has it that area is protected by three brothers with supernatural powers, Chaturmukh, Jeshar, Ishar, whose images are even today carried in an annual procession through the area they are said to protect. A side road leads to Baghi and Khadrala and the unbelievable thick forests that surround them. Kumarsain, with its wooden palace is another interesting place.
Placed at a height of 2622 meters, A terrific picnic spot with Winter Sports Carnival in February / March are its' special attraction. Ski Slopes and sledging provide entertainment to beginners as well as experienced sportsman. Equipment and instructors are available both at Kufri and the Mahasu Peak that is approached via a two-kilometer mountain trail. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak and pleasurable riding on horses and yaks. The panoramic views of deep valleys and forests rising towards the lofty Himalayas, shrouded by unmelting snows, provide some of the most breathtaking sunsets. Chini Bungalow now named Lalit Cafe, where the Shimla agreement was negotiated in an informal setting has Mini Zoo adjoining it and specimens of Himalayan Wild Life can be seen in their natural habitat. Some amazing drives can also be had in the region down towards the Hindustan Tibet Road to Fagu that sits astride a mountain saddle and presents some breathtaking scenery. Whereas winter sports carnival in Feb. March are its special attraction, in summers you can look forward to pony or yak ride.
At 2044m, this is a nine hole par 68 golf course. It was made by the British Viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by the place that his daughter Alexandra was given 'Naldehra' as her second name. It is one of the highest and one of the earliest golf courses in the country. Horses are available round the year to take you up the mountain trails and the little Nag Devta Temple that stands on the edge of the Golf Course and lends the area its name. Naldhera offers a complete holiday experience. Equipment and instructors are available at the Golf Club and it is possible to play on a daily 'Green Fee' basis. The more enthusiastic can use Naldhera as the base for a trek up the Shali Peak. Achieving a height of 3200 meters, it is the highest peak in the area.
Tatta Pani (93km.)
At 656m, there are hot sulphur springs here. Himachal Tourism has a restaurant and a Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani. One can drive ahead to the charming country side of Karsog, using Chindi as a Base.
At 2149m, this beautiful suburb is surrounded by thick forests. From here, a track leads down to Sipur which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. There are old temples on one side and a traditional fair that recreates the Mahabharata war with dancing warriors brandishing their bows and arrows is held every April.Complete with a bubbling stream, fed by seven springs, and an ancient temple dedicated to the local deity, a walk down to Sipur provides an ideal break from the humdrum of city life. Easily accessible by road, is the Fruit Research Institute at Craignano. Once the estate of the noted horticulturist, Mr. Couts, it houses specimens of trees rarely seen in India, like the oak and the elm. Should you be at Craignano, be sure to visit the rest white home of a famous Italian Confectioner that has been converted into a rest house, set amongst a landscaped garden. The quiet Bekhalti road that bifurcates from Mashobra is another popular venue for a drive or walk through thick forests.
The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the small township are the abode of wildlife. Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at duskand dawn. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja. Trekking from Chail to Gaura and Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks. This resort is situated in Blossoms.
Gaura Giri river (28.5km.)
This place is famous for Fishing. Surrounding hills are padded by lush forests that support a large variety of plant and animal life.
It is a Bird Sanctuary maintained by the Himachal Forest Reserve Corporation.
Indian Institute of Advance Study (53km.)
Built in 1888, the Vice Regal lodge in Shimla is today converted to the Institute of Advance Studies. This spectacular English renaissance style, grey stone structure with magnificent Burma teak interiors is set in a graceful estate, dotted with old world cottages. The residence of the viceroys is an inspiring example of the British Raj Architecture. The signing of Shimla Accord between India and Pakistan in 1972 took place here. Next to the lodge is the State Museum, on Pleasant Hill, built in 1974 where a collection offline miniatures, statues, coins and photos from in and around Himachal are assembled.
Jakhu Hills (50km.)
At 2455m , this is the town's highest peak, offering panoramic views of the hills and the distant mountain ranges. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to lord Hanuman legend has it that lord Hanuman stopped here while searching for the sanjivini buti, the herb, needed to cure laxman who lay mortally wounded on the battlefields of lanka. The hill is full of paths and narrow roads and it is also a beautiful drive upto the temple amidst thick deodar forests where lots of monkeys are there. You have to be careful of them as they often attack in search of food.
Sankat Mochan (55km.)
Just 7 km short of Shimla is the temple of San-kat-Mochan again dedicated to lord Hanuman.
Kasauli is situated at a height of 1927 meters. It is encircled by mixed forests of Chir pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse-chestnut. Monkey Point is a favourite spot to view the scenery. look across the hills at Shimla or down onto the rolling landscape of the gangetic plains. The cable ride offers some spectacular views of the rich hill slopes across from parwanoo to Banasar hotel complex and from Koti to the KK Hotel. Nearby is the old fort of Subathu which attracts many vis itors. The sunset at Kasauli is something, which one should not miss.