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Chail is 26 km from Kufri or an hour’s drive though beautiful oak and pine forests. The Maharaja of Patiala built it as his summer retreat following a restriction on his entry to Shimla. The place is well known for its cricket and polo grounds, which are at an altitude of 2,250m making it the highest pitch in the World. Chail is also considered a hiker’s paradise with a dozen trek routes leading out of Chail to Choor Peak, Shimla and other Himalayan areas. You can also visit the Chail Sanctuary, home to leopards, Indian Muntjac, Sambar, Goral, Barking deer and the Himalayan Black Bear among other animals and birds. The best time to visit is from March through October.