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Chail Sanctuary

Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists.The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja.Visitors are welcome to the Cheer pheasant breeding centre at both these places. Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at dusk and dawn. Trekking from Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks. Range Officer Wildlife Chail and his staff welcome the visitors and assists the wildlife lovers to see wildlife in the sanctuary area.


Chail is a beautiful and famous hill station near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. One of the main tourist attractions of Chail is its wildlife sanctuary. The Chail Sanctuary is located amidst the forests of Pine and Oak trees. The wildlife Chail Sanctuary comprises of mammals mainly which includes rhesus macaque, leopard, Indian Muntjac (Barking Deer) and goral crested porcupine. Other animals found at Chail sanctuary in Himachal are Himalayan black bear, wild boar, common langur, sambar etc. There are trekking provisions in this wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh to make the trip more adventurous and interesting. Chir Pheasant breeding farm is another tourist attraction of the Chail Sanctuary.

Speciality: Pika and Asiatic black bear.

It is also home to rare orchids and several endangered species of wildlife. Ranging from large mammals like Rhesus Macaque, Leopard, Indian Muntjac, Goral and Crested Porcupine, one can also find Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar and common Langur here. People visiting this place must also come to the Chir Pheasant Breeding and Rehabilitation Center, which was set up in 1988 at Bossom and Jhajja.

The best time to visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is from March to October. Accessibility to this Wildlife Sanctuary is possible via Kalka-Shimla route. About 40 kms from Shimla, the sanctuary is well-connected by road to all the nearby places.

       History :Chail Sanctuary has a vast forest cover. In 1976, Chail wildlife sanctuary was identified and it was declared as a protected area under government consideration. The Chir Pheasant breeding and rehabilitation programme has been launched in 1988. There is a dense cover of Oak and Pine, apart from the other major grassland covers in the area.

       Geography :Situated in the Himalayan ranges at a height of 7152 feet, Chail boasts of salubrious climate, magnificent views and a rich cover of greenery. The sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

       Flora at Renuka Sanctuary:The trees that can be seen in the Churdhar Sanctuary include deodar and oak trees. There are also several medicinal plants and herbs available such as Aloe Vera, Amaranthus spinosus and Wild Himalayan Cherry.

       Fauna At Renuka Sanctuary :There are several species of birds that can be seen in this Sanctuary. Some of these birds include Himalayan monal, red junglefowl, Indian peafowl, multi-coloured laughing thrush and the koklass pheasant.

       Trekking :Trekking is one of the most preferable activities in the Churdhar Sanctuary. During summer and autumn season, trekkers can spot several native plants and birds. Some of the best treks include trails from Nohra, Pulbahal and Sarain. These treks are advisable for experts and are quite pleasurable.

How To Get There

The Churdhar Sanctuary is well-connected to other parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Air: The closest airport is Jubbarhatti airport about 23Km from Shimla.

Rail : The nearest railway station is Shimla. It is connected to Kalka by a narrow gauge line.

Road : Adventure lovers can trek to the sanctuary from Nohra, Pulbahal, Sarain and Rajgarh. The closest town is Chaupal.

Where To Stay

There are no accommodation options within the park. However, one can find quite a few options for stay around the sanctuary. Chail has innumerable hotels and resorts. Lodges in Chail provide options for budget stay. HPTDC cottages are also available in Chail which provide budget and mid-range accommodation. Heritage hotels like Palace Hotel, the erstwhile royal palace of Maharaja of Patiala, is a fantastic option for luxury stay

Best Time To Visit

One can experience cool climate throughout the year in Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. It is an all weather destination. During summers, the average temperature is 15 degree Celsius with maximum temperature not exceeding 24 degree Celsius. Winters are extremely cold with temperature plunging to zero degree Celsius. Chail receives mild rainfall during monsoon. March-July and September-November is the best time to visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary as most animals can be spotted during these months.
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