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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips does one need to keep in mind while visiting Chail?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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With the image of a laidback, sleepy town, it may seem there is nothing really for you to do in terms of vacation preparation. But there are few things that will hold you in good stead and ensure nothing disrupts your peaceful vacation:

  • Plan Ahead

Book your travel tickets well in advance. You don't want a last minute scramble with tickets, plane or train, that are either unavailable or highly priced. With hotel booking becoming so convenient today, it would be good idea to book the hotel rooms of your choice and budget well before you travel to Chail. Get a written confirmation through email or fax and carry a copy of the email or faxed confirmation to the hotel as proof of your room confirmation.

  • Weather check

Chail itself is blessed with a weather that makes it possible to travel here year round. However, during monsoons and winters the road to Chail via Shimla may become unreliable due to landslides and snow. Check what the weather is like before you drive up to Chail. You could call up the hotel where you are planning to stay or the Tourism Office.

  • Money

Carry sufficient cash with you when travelling to Chail. There are no ATMs in Chail. Although you will find plenty of ATMs on your way in Solan, Shimla and at various points on NH 22. Withdraw sufficient cash here before leaving for Chail, as many hotels there do not accept credit/debit cards at all. Also, carry plenty of cash in smaller denominations like INR 10, 20, 50 and 100, as you will need it here for pony rides, shopping, etc.

  • Clothing

    Depending on when you travel to Chail, make sure you carry ample warm clothes accordingly. If you travel during Winters, be certain to pack that long, wooly overcoat and some sturdy boots for comfortable treks and walks in and around Chail. Even if you travel during Summers, make sure to pack a shawl or two and some sweaters and mufflers.

  • Travelling by Car

The general rule of thumb before embarking on a road trip in a car is to ensure that it has been recently serviced and the tyres have just-right air. Of course, unless you are very confident of navigating through the hilly terrains of Himachal, it is better if you hire the services of a professional who knows his or her way around. But if you are sure, then go ahead. The road trip will be an experience in itself. Keep a few things in mind when driving during winters to Chail:

Add anti-freeze to your engine radiator. You'll need to match the amount of anti-freeze to the capacity of the coolant system. If this isn't done and the coolant freezes, the engine will block and radiator may crack, leaving you stranded with an expensive repair bill. Most modern cars use coolant with wide temperature capabilities, but you'll need to check with your service provider if special coolant is needed.

If you drive a diesel vehicle, ensure you use fuel formulated for use in cold conditions, as diesel ‘waxes' at low temperature which blocks the fuel system and immobilises the vehicle.

  • General Guidelines

For foreign nationals, Visa is a must to carry with you at all times.

Save the emergency contact numbers in your mobile phonebook. The possibility of having no network reception is there, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse. If you venture out for treks and hike, let someone know where you are heading.

Carry a torch, preferably head torch. There are no lights in the village and it gets quite dark.

Always pack a first-aid kit with you including cold and flu tablets, Imodium and electrolyte tablets. It may come in very handy on your treks through the dense forests of Chail.

Now you are all set for that relaxed vacation you have been day dreaming of.

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