Weekend trip to Chail

#1 Jun 10th, 2009, 17:11
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Hi All,

I and my wife went to Chail this weekend. As I haven't seen many articles on this so thought that I'll share my experience for the benefit of others.

We started in our Swift on Saturday early morning at around 6:30 AM from Gurgaon. So we had to drive right through Delhi before we could reach GT-Karnal Road i.e. NH1. I wasn't sure of the route through Delhi to reach the highway as this was the first time that I would be driving there.

In Delhi I lost the way somewhere and unfortunately landed in Sadar Bazar and Azadpur area and it slowed us down a lot, right in the beginning of the journey

Well we heaved a sigh of relief as we hit the six lane highway and finally driving was a breeze. We had heard a lot about the tandoori parathas at Murthal so that was a definitive breakfast stop for us.

We spotted one Gulshan Dhaba and stopped there. After checking the menu we ordered some parathas and tea for myself and cold drink for my wife. With hunger pangs building up we were getting impatient waiting. Finally the parathas arrived with white butter on them. The parathas turned out to be decent enough. So we continued after quite a heavy breakfast.

The drive on the highway was quite a breeze except for a few stops at some busy signals. We encountered tolls at Panipat, Kurukshetra and Derra Bassi just before Zirakpur. The highway till Zirakpur is all good after which we have to take a right turn under the flyover to head towards Kalka and other destinations. Straight over the flyover takes you to Chandigarh.

From here the highway isn't really that good as there is construction work is going on. This is the condition till Panchkula and from here it is a two lane highway.

Upon reaching Kalka from there gradual uphill road starts. Kalka is an important rail head which connects to various other places and this is the place from where the famous 'Toy Train' to Shimla originates.

Our next stop was for lunch at Giani da Dhaba. The rush outside this dhaba is proof enough of its popularity. We were 'lucky' to find a place to park our car on the roadside quite close to the dhaba. This place is located in Dharmapur, around 15-16 kms from Solan. A good way to locate this is to look out for the board which indicates one to take a left turn to Kasauli. This dhaba is right after the T-point from where one has to take left for Kasauli.

We had to wait for half an hour to get a seat and had typical punjabi stuff like paneer, daal, tandoori roti and paratha. Quite filling I'd say

We continued our journey till Solan and from there to Kandaghat. This is the place where one has to veer off from the highway and hit a narrow road towards Chail. There is a board clearly indicating that and one cannot miss it. From Kandaghat Chail is about 29 kms. Its quite a narrow and winding road but a pleasurable drive nevertheless. We passed through Sadhupul one of the prominent tourist locations near Chail. Its basically a stream over which a bridge has been built and people stop by the stream for 'picnic'. We didn't find it much interesting and drove right through.

Finally after sometime we reached Chail and drove through the small town to Palace Hotel where we had made our booking. We checked in, rested for a while and explored the hotel for the evening. Its a very nice place and I forgot to mention that it carries an entry fee of Rs. 100 for non-resident guests. This hotel has plenty of options right from log huts to deluxe rooms to cottages to suites. There are options from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 15000. You can check this link for more details

The next day we first drove down to Kali ka Tibba or Mahakali Mandir which is on top of a hillock. Its about 4-5 kms from Chail town. Part of the route is very narrow, uphill and a muddy track. The temple is small but very beautiful made of pure white marble and provides an excellent view of the mountains. And yes this is also referred to as Sunset point.

From here we went to the world's highest cricket ground. This is now part of the Military School there and out of bounds for tourists. So one has to peep through the gates/fence to see the ground. There was nothing distinguishable in terms of ground and pitch and made us wonder why it is highlighted so much.

Now from here we went to Siddh Baba ka Mandir which is close to the cricket ground. This is actually a small temple complex which has temples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Siddh Baba. Siddh Baba is the incarnation of Lord Shiva as I was told by the temple priest.

From here we returned to the hotel. There is a wildlife sanctuary as well nearby but we were not much interested and we also had to start back.

On the way back we did a quick detour to Kasauli but couldn't see much there, maybe next time we will plan a proper weekend visit to this place. We had lunch again at Giani's. Opposite to this we saw an HPMC outlet selling juices, wines, squashes, etc. We picked up some bottles of pure Apple juice. Please be sure that you buy from HPMC authorised outlets only selling HPMC stuff which are Govt. approved.

On the way back while crossing Parwanoo we saw the cable car which is run by Timber Trail resorts and quite a rush outside the place. This too was added to our weekend trip, maybe we can club this with our visit to Kasauli next time.

And finally we reached home quite late in the night and it was quite a nice break from the regular hustle-bustle of city life.

Looking forward to sharing more of our experiences soon
#2 Jun 10th, 2009, 17:31
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Thanks pretty informative
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You are welcome
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good information
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Thanks for the info.. Planning to go to Chail later this year. This information would surely help.

I also live in gurgaon, and reaching NH1 is an ordeal whilst trying to find my way across delhi.
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@anil devli - Thanks
@OrangeStreet - Suggest that you look up www.mapmyindia.com and try for various routes. And avoid Azadpur and Sadar Bazar at all costs. Have a nice trip
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Cool Hi Suraj

Your article shows that you spent good amount time to help others... Thanks a lot

I am also planning to go to SHIMLA and CHAIL in Junly 2nd Week. Could you please suggest me the following things
1) How much it took to reach CHAIL by Road
2) Road condition on Hills (Kalka to Chail/Shimla)
3) If you have any photographs for the roads/hills to share
4) How is Rs. 1500 room in Palace Hotel, Chail, if you saw the same?
5) How is the way to Shimla from Chail if you went there?

Sorry for these many questions...
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Originally Posted by anurag.india View Post Your article shows that you spent good amount time to help others... Thanks a lot

I am also planning to go to SHIMLA and CHAIL in Junly 2nd Week. Could you please suggest me the following things
1) How much it took to reach CHAIL by Road
[Suraj] It took us about 10 hours from Gurgaon. This includes the time we lost in Delhi as lost the route and breakfast and lunch stoppage.
2) Road condition on Hills (Kalka to Chail/Shimla)
[Suraj] Road conditions are quite good. For going to Chail one has to take a detour at Kandaghat, from here the road is quite narrow.
3) If you have any photographs for the roads/hills to share
[Suraj] Sorry we didn't take any photos of the hills or roads.
4) How is Rs. 1500 room in Palace Hotel, Chail, if you saw the same?
[Suraj] Haven't seen this room but its not part of the main Palace building but a little away from it but in the same campus.
5) How is the way to Shimla from Chail if you went there?
[Suraj] We did not go to Shimla. But there are two routes to get there from Chail. One is Chail-Kufri-Shimla and the other is Chail-Kandaghat-Shimla.

Sorry for these many questions...
Hi Anurag,

Its fine. I've tried to answer your questions above. Hope it helps.

Regards,
Suraj
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Originally Posted by surajgarg View Post Finally after sometime we reached Chail and drove through the small town to Palace Hotel where we had made our booking. We checked in, rested for a while and explored the hotel for the evening. Its a very nice place and I forgot to mention that it carries an entry fee of Rs. 100 for non-resident guests. This hotel has plenty of options right from log huts to deluxe rooms to cottages to suites. There are options from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 15000. You can check this link for more details
Hello Surajgarg, that was pretty informative. I understand that the Palace Hotel has been through some recent renovations. Is the signs still left, making the place an eyesore? Or is it clean and proper?

Also, if you don't mind could you tell us the room/suite/cottage you stayed in and the cost? I wanted to know this as I would be planning for it.

Many thanks....
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Indracal,

Don't know if things have changed but in 2006 the palace ws a complete dump. They had el cheapo arcade machines in the old hallway which you find in a cheap amusement arcade. The frontage of the hotel was spoilt by a metal sheet addition to the kitchen area fenced off with cheap fencing. The toilet downstairs stunk like no ones business. The Maharaja Suite had the most disgusting looking modern bathroom suite in an avocado type colour.

The opinion I arrived on after seeing the palace in such a horrible condition was that HPTD had gradually destroyed the charachter of the place. It was no longer fit to be called a palace hotel as it retained no palace type charachter. The food in the palace was also nothing to write home about.

It would be nice to know the current situation with the palace and whether they have got their act together.

Also with regards to Gianis dhaba at Dharampur, it is the most overated dhaba around. I found the food bland compared to what you get in places like the Ross Common hotel in Kasauli.
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I am planning to drive to Chail on 1 April 2010, I want to find out if I can get driver who can drive me from Kalka/Kasauli to Chail on 1st April, I will be back on 3rd April 2010.

Is it possible to go directly to Place hotel in Chail and make a booking, or will it be difficult to get a room of 1500-2000 in early april.

Also, I would like to know how is Rs 1500-2000 room in Palace Hotel (HPTD).
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They are not rooms in the main building rather they are log huts. But they are also good.

Since there are only 5 log huts, it's advisable to pre book.
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#13 Mar 22nd, 2010, 23:11
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Hi

Any idea how is Log Huts Regular (Rs. 1500 per day). Are they value for money. What is the difference between regular and Log Hut Deluxe.

I would like to know before I book the Huts.
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hmm..I was there last year, besides the palace hotel, there are a quite a few options too. You will not find them over the internet, but they are there.
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Yes ! There are some other hotels like Rashi Resort, Monaal, Chail Inn, Ekaant and Kailash...

But nothing can beat Palace hotel there, where else do you get rooms in a palace hotel for Rs. 1,500/-

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