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History of Chail

The flamboyant Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala built Chail as his 'summer capital' when he was banned from Shimla after a clash with the British in 1891. Never one to be left behind, the Maharaja conjured up his very own Xanadu, the Chail Palace, a magnificent mansion in surroundings that overshadowed any resort the British commanded. Chail is built on three hills - the palace on Rajgarh Hill, the British Residency on Pandhewa Hill and Sadh Tiba is the third hill.

Sadh Tiba was originally the site of the palace but the Maharaja halted construction there and built a temple, Sidh Baba ka Mandir, following a dream. Today the Chail Palace is a luxury hotel that seems to hang from the clouds, perched on the hilltop and surrounded by pine and deodar forests.


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