Shimla is one of the most favoured tourist destination in India. In the winter months when it snows continually many adventure sports like skiing and ice skating are organized on regular basis here . The Shimla Ice Skating Club organizes an Ice Skating Carnival every year during the winter months.
- When: January 2016 – February 2016
- Where: Circular Road, Lakar Bazar Bus-Stand, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The Ice Skating Carnival
Shimla ice skating rink is the largest open-air natural ice rink of India and the ice -skating carnival is one of the most popular winter festivals of Shimla. This festivals attracts tourists and skating enthusiasts from all over India as well as abroad.
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Timings for Ice Skating
The Ice skating Carnival starts in January when it gets cold and the ice-rink is ready with hard snow and continues till the end of February. Organized by the Ice Skating Club for more than 60 years, there are skating sessions in both morning and evening.
Skating is not organized on days when it rains, gets cloudy or snows as the rink tends to get slippery. A huge hanging balloon from the nearby municipal building is usually used as a signal to notify visitors if the skating rink would be opened for the day.
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During the carnival the Ice Skating Club of Shimla organizes ice hockey, speed hockey and ice-skating competitions. Along with this there are fairs , dance and fancy dress competitions too.
Skates, Knee-caps and other essentials winter sport gears are available at the venue at very nominal rates. For people who are new to skating there are expert trainers available at the rink. Tourists and outstation skaters are offered with short term memberships at the club. For visitors daily passes are also available to enter the rink.
Reaching the Ice Skating Carnival
The Ice Skating Rink is situated at the Lakar Bazar area of Shimla. Shimla is well connected by road from all parts of Himacal Pradesh as well as many of the major north Indian cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala and many others. For people availing flights Shimla Airport is well connected to Delhi by domestic flights. One can also avail the famed Shimla-Kalka heritage train. Kalka is well connected to rest of India with various train services.
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