Cricket!! Just the word inspires hordes of feelings among us Indians. In India, where cricket is not just a sport but a religion, it’s no wonder that few of the fanatic fans worship and idolize these cricketing heroes. We are a cricket-crazy nation and more often than not, this craze has led people to do stuff which is beyond ordinary. Imagine a cricket ground built at the highest level and that too in India!
Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, was known as a great lover of the game. Under his instructions a cricket ground was made in 1893 at Chail, Himachal Pradesh. This playground is no ordinary one; it is the world’s highest cricket ground! The statistics is amazing, this ground is at an altitude of 2,444m! Imagine a hill being slashed, its top flattened out… that is how the ground was made. Later, after independence, the Maharaja donated it to the military school there. This is the place where the Maharaja used to play cricket with his British friends. The ground is under the possession of Indian army at this point. Polo is also played on this ground sometimes.
For many years, the cricket ground merited a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for being world’s highest cricket ground. Though the record has not been broken, Guinness Book has decided to delete the documentation because no competitive cricket is being conducted there. The sprawling grounds are well-kept with manicured lawns. Huge trees of deodar and pine surround the ground in a mute standing ovations which gives it an authentic and beautiful look.
When seen from a purely tourist perspective, Chail is a quiet little town. However, there are several hidden treasures that are worth exploring. In one corner of this ground, there is a historic tree on which the Military School has built a tree house that adds up to the beauty of this place. Nowadays, it has become a major tourist attraction in Chail. The unmatched natural greenery with soundless calm beauty of Chail multiplies the immortal memories of the tourists. Another tourist attraction in Chail is the Chail Palace, which was built as a summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj. This Palace is well known for its architecture. Tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh should make sure that they visit Chail Palace which is located 49kms away from Shimla. Chail is also considered as the hiker's paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.
Chail is truly one of the most fascinating places in Himachal Pradesh and the splendid weather makes it more magical.
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