Chail – A Photographic Travelogue by Kritika Taneja

When we think of a hill station the first thing that pops up in our heads is Shimla or Manali. But wait is this it? Chail is one such cute hill station which is not only serene and peaceful but also alluring. Surrounded by the forests of Chir pine and gigantic deodars, Chail is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh 45 km from Shimla.

On the way to heaven.
On the way to heaven.

This place does not have brilliant artifacts or palaces but it definitely offers us is paradise. Not to forget the world’s highest cricket ground is right here.

Scenic Vistas of Chail, Himachal Pradesh
Scenic Vistas of Chail, Himachal Pradesh

A clear sky, beautiful mountains, cold breeze and the silence is all you need to escape from the stress and the routine life. An ideal place for not only the nature lovers but everyone looking for a little time away from the hustle bustle of the city life.

The scenic mountains offer a stress free soothing atmosphere to relax.
The scenic mountains offer a stress free soothing atmosphere to relax.

The long walk … a hot coffee …. Meri hill station wali Maggi …. I wish I could just do this everyday… but unfortunately Maggi is banned now!!

A fantasy!!! Places I thought only existed in pictures and calendars.
A fantasy!!! Places I thought only existed in pictures and calendars.
As kids we have all drawn a picture of a stream emerging from the mountains, Now I know where that comes from.
As kids we have all drawn a picture of a stream emerging from the mountains, Now I know where that comes from.
 “Kali ka Tibba “the tourist attraction of Chail.
“Kali ka Tibba “the tourist attraction of Chail.

“Kali ka Tibba “the tourist attraction of Chail has Kali devi as its deity. This place is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to.

Chail, Himachal Pradesh, Heavenly

And the scenic view from the temple is breath-taking. It’s simply AMAZING.

Sunset at Chail

Sunset at Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Sunset at Chail, Himachal Pradesh, India

And if I had to choose my favourite thing about the nature it would be the sunsets.

With every sunset a new experience adds to our life.

Chail, a small place with very less population but definitely a magical place to be!!!

Heavenly Chail, Himachal

How to reach

BY ROAD:
There is a direct roadway to reach Chail from Delhi.you just need to take a bus at Kandaghat which is 29km from the Chail. Deluxe and semi-deluxe buses as well as cabs are available to reach Chail from Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.

BY RAIL:
Kalka is about 86km from Chail and is the nearest railhead. Shimla is connected to many places by road like Delhi, Dehradun, Kalka etc. Chandigarh railway station is another option to reach Chail.

BY AIR:
The nearest airport from Chail is Jubbar Hati airport which is 45km from Shimla, whereas Chandigarh airport is 120km.

About the Author: Kritika Taneja is an MIT Manipal alumnus and has a keen interest in photography. She has been a general secretary of the MIT Photography Club.You can follow her work on her Facebook page at Vivace Vista photography