little 'hill station' of Chail came into being
when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was banished from
Shimla , the
'summer capital' of British India, after a dalliance with the
Commander-in-Chief's daughter in the late 19th century. Facing Shimla-at
Chail-the smarting Maharaja decided to build his own 'summer capital'.
A splendid mansion surrounded by picturesque cottages soon took shape. Chail is encircled by forests of 'deodar'-Himalayan cedar-trees and has splendid views on all sides.
In 1972, the property set in about 75-acres of land-including orchards, tennis courts and cottages-passed into the hands of Himachal Tourism, and is now run as a popular Heritage Hotel and a full-fleged destination resort.