The highest cricket ground in the world


The Chail cricket stadium Of Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket ground in the world

Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level. Built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, who developed Chail as his summer capital, the ground was used to play friendly matches by him. It was later transferred to the military school.


Chail is a hill station, 49 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener. It led to the restriction of his entry into the summer capital, Shimla. This incensed the Maharaja and he vowed to build a new summer capital for himself. So he rebuilt the place (Chail) as per his requirements. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture. The Chail cricket ground, surrounded by thick forests of deodar, was built by him. Chail is also considered as the hiker’s paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.

After accession to the Indian Union, Maharaja of Patiala donated most of his buildings to Chail Military School and Government of India. The cricket ground is used as the school playground by Chail Military School. During school vacations it is also used as polo ground. There is a well maintained Basket Ball court and the same cricket ground is used for playing football as the ground also has goal posts. In one corner of the ground there is a historic tree on which the Miltary School has constructed a beautiful tree house.




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  3. I am an ex-student of Chail Military School. School number 330. The tree house was built by the Maharaja. When the school shifted to Chail from Nowgong in 1960, local folklore had it that the Maharaja used to watch the match from the tree-house along with his consorts. The aam-aadmi used to watch from the pavilion which collapsed in the winter of 1961-62.

  4. Lakshmi, that was indeed an intneestirg post. I must say you write really well. As the popular belief goes: part of the beauty of a place is in the writer’s words describing it. Although the love story behind the setting up of Chail has been established, there has been some doubt regarding the identity of the ruler. Some claim that it was actually Rajindra Singh, Bhupinder Singh’s father, who was in love with an English lady. I am not sure which claim is more correct.There’s a book titled ‘Scandal Point’ by Manju Jaidka (published by Rupa Publications; I myself was working with them as a copy editor when the book was published) that I’d like to recommend to you, not for an alternate opinion but for a nice fictional treatment of the tale of events.

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