My first visit to Chail was way back in 2000 with Seshadri. While coming back from Fagu, we took a small detour again to Chail. This time it was with Chhavi and 15 years have passed in between! However, Chail retains its sleepy town ambience.
I was able to see only two places, the Chail Palace and Kali ka Tibba. I had not seen both the attractions on my last trip! That trip in 2000 was more about walking around the place over a few days.
The Chail Palace was built as a summer retreat by Maharaja of Patiala. It is now run as hotel by HPTDC. One can visit it even if one is not staying there by paying an entree fee of RS. 100. Children get to enter free. It has huge grounds and lovely spaces. I would actually like to go back and stay there sometime.
Chail Palace was also the place where I dropped my wallet to the last card, only to find it back! I still shudder to think what would have happened if I didn’t find it back!
Kali ka Tibba is a temple devoted to Goddess Kali which is over the top of a hill at Chail. The views from the temple are quite beautiful.
The day we visited the temple it was not crowded. Also the persists at the temple were not pushy at all. They would let you be and give any offering only if you wish to. I like such places.
After spending sometime at the temple, we headed back to Kalka to catch our train. We decided to have lunch at Dharampur. But fate had other plans. As it was Shivratri, the temple near Dharampur was organising a mela (festival). There were so many pedestrians on the road that it caused a massive traffic jam on the narrow road! It took us 45 minutes to cross 3 kilometers. We were quite late already so we had to skip the lunch in the end, as it was preferable to taking the risk of missing the train! We did reach in time to catch the train and grab a quick bite at Kalka.
I am quite pleasantly surprised that Chail is still a sleepy town even after 15 years! I really wish to go back and take a vacation there.