Ice skating carnival in Shimla

Ice skating is the sport which is gaining popularity in India day by day. With winter season is on, most of us will be planning for some adventure this winter and Ice skating is the best option for all. This article is intended to provide you the knowledge of Ice skating in Shimla.

Ice Skating is term used for the sport in which we move on a snow track with the help of skates. If you are planning a trip to Shimla this winter then it will be incomplete if you will not try the Ice skating carnival of Shimla. This carnival is held every year from the month of December to February.
Shimla has the largest ice skating rink in India and also the only natural ice skating rink in Asia. This largest natural ice skating rink of India attracts tourists not from India but from all over the world. You can find large no. of foreigners here.


Who organise the Ice skating carnival?

The Shimla Ice skating club, organise the carnival every year with two sessions daily, one in morning and other in the evening. The rink is also maintained by the same club. Ice skating carnival includes a fancy dress competition and figure skating events.

There is a hanging balloon at the Municipal building which acts as a signal of whether the skating will occur or not at that particular day.

The club also provides short term and long term memberships for the regular lovers of this sport. Basic equipments like cap, skate, kneepads etc. are also provided by the Shimla Ice skating club but those who wish to use their own are also allowed.

What are the dangers and risks associated with Ice skating?

Although accidents are very rare but can occur with the negligence of skaters. The primary danger associated with ice skating is falling on ice while skating. The chance of falling depends mainly on the design of skate and experience of the skater. Falling can be dangerous if the helmet is not used.

Precautions to be taken before going for ice skating-

Ice skating is totally different from the normal skating. It requires much balance and power in the limbs. It is advisable to the people that before going for ice skating they must undergo some professional training.

How to reach Shimla for Ice skating?

1. Shimla by Bus-

Shimla is well connected through buses. It is 110 km from Chandigarh and takes around 4 hours to reach Shimla by bus. There are also direct buses from ISBT Dehli.

2. Shimla by Train-

Shimla has also a railway station but the railway track is of narrow gauge. The nearest broad gauge railway station is Kalka which is 90 km from Shimla.

3. Shimla by Air-

Shimla also has an airport. One can also reach there by flights from Dehli.

So this is my advice to all those who are planning an adventurous trip this winter, Shimla Ice skating carnival is the best event for them. Come here and you will remember this trip for whole life.


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