The former summer capital of the queenly state of Patiala, Chail is a beautiful hill station located 63 km from Shimla in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is spread across three hillocks — Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba, covering an area of over 72 acres. Overlooking the vale of Sutlej, it enjoys gracious climate throughout the year. Chail also offers magnific and panoramic views of the encircling countryside and overlooks both, Kasauli and Shimla( 45 km).
Chail was a sleepy little mountain hamlet till its conversion in 1893. It was innovated by the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh. Banished from entering Shimla for eloping with the daughter of Lord Kitchner, the also Commander- in- Chief of the British Indian Army, the Maharaja resolved to make himself a new summer capital better than Shimla. The Maharaja guarantied that Chail matched Shimla in every way. Majestic snow- circumscribed Shivalik peaks, beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys cast a spell on everyone.
It is known for its salubrious beauty and virgin forests. Chail is also frequented by hikers as it offers wonderful views of the lower Himalayas. It has good trekking points from Junga, Kufri and Ashwani Khad at Solan. Many Eco camps are held here. There are many camping sites for campers and hikers, so camping in Chail is most sought after activity for enthusiasts.