Chail Wildlife Sanctuary


14.0/5(15 Ratings)

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 19 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest cover, perched over the Himalayas at an altitude of 1,000 metres to 2,180 metres above sea level. The hunting reserve of the Royals of the Patiala Kingdom, the forest reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1976.

The region demarcates itself from the rest of the Himalayan belt with sudden surge of pine, oak and cedar trees. The forest rich with Himalayan flora becomes dense with rise in altitude.

The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is a habitat of numerous wild animals, which includes leopard, rhesus Macaque, Indian Muntjac, wild boar, crested porcupine, panthers and ghoral.

The sanctuary is also home to European red deer, sambar, Himalayan black bear, langur and black-napped hare. Cheer pheasant and Kalij pheasant are among the notable species of birds in the sanctuary.

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What travellers are saying about Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience scale
  • Good 2
  • Excellent 2
  • Average 1
  • Very Good 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

7:00 AM -6:00 PM
7:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Himanshu Bansal

Himanshu Bansal2.9/5

2 reviews

An awesome place to hangout

An awesome place to hangout in that season as the weather is best at that time and you can also see some snow if you go to Kufri, the amusement park and the wildlife sanctuaries in Kufri are must to see.

Kamal Rao

Kamal Rao3.6/5

29 reviews

Very cool place but need to be lucky to view animals

Very cool and good place full of green tall Pine Trees. Best to see this sanctuary is by own vehicle. I travelled from Kufri to Kandaghat on my bike. If you were lucky you will see Black Bear, Panther, Peasant and many more animals especially Sambar Deer. In this wild sanctuary also visit Chail Palace it's a paid place. Room tariff is little high. Overall good one.

Lokesh Bhutani

Lokesh Bhutani3.6/5

5 reviews

Best zoo ever

Had fun with my friends there. Nature at its best. Leopard was the main attraction of the place. Rest all the animals were calm and it was a nice experience overall.

Abhishek Gupta

Abhishek Gupta4.6/5

2 reviews

Adventurous spot for family

Visit atleast once, explore the adventure inside you. Nice place for sightseeing, one of the best sanctuaries in India. Highly recommended. Car pooling is one of the best and cheap way to roam around and make good friends. This would be a lifetime journey. Morning safari is more preferable than evening as got more chances of witnessing wildlife animals.

Dhananjaya Gupta

Dhananjaya Gupta5.0/5

1 review

Good place to have fun and relax

I enjoyed very much in morning, sight scene is very good. You will also enjoy very much here, food facility is very good and lots of fun with photography take pictures and enjoy.

Chinmay kumar

Chinmay kumar3.9/5

11 reviews

Excellent place to go with the nature

The place really looks like a palace and is majestic. Surrounding is very nice with beautiful sceneries. We enjoyed a lot with some unforgettable moments.

Parag talsania

Parag talsania5.0/5

5 reviews

Good for kids

Good. Little bit of hardwork for small kids, but enjoyed the natural beauty.

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