THIS TINY HILL STATION is situated on a wooded ridge at a similar altitude to Simla . Chail was developed as the summer capital of the Patiala maharajas in the 1920s. Chail Palace, a stone mansion occupying a flattened hilltop, amid beautiful orchards and garden, is now a deluxe hotel . The cricket pitch, near the top of a hill, is said to be the highest in the world. The Patiala rulers, enthusiastic cricketers themselves, invited the Marylebone Cricket Clubs (the MCC) to play here in 1933. Walks through the deodar forests of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, where Scottish red deer were introduced, are the best way to discover Chail’s natural beauty.