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Timings : 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : INR 200 per person/per hour

Ice Skating, Shimla Overview

Ice Skating is a famous sport in the beautiful city of Shimla. The Shimla Ice Skating Rink is well-known because it is a naturally formed rink found in the town and is also the largest and the only naturally formed rink found in South Asia. It draws not just the locals but tourists from all over the world. The experience of indulging in a sport at the foothills of the Himalayas is a breathtaking one. Families and friends often visit the rink to spend some fun and quality time with each other and create beautiful memories. 

The ice skating rink has been used for sports and recreational activities since 1920. The Ice Skating Club of Shimla maintains it who enthusiastically host national level competitions and the annual carnival. Global warming and an increase in urbanisation are said to be causing a decrease in the events as it affects the ice formation in this naturally formed ice skating rink. The number of events arranged here is dependent on the weather and the ice conditions, but the popularity of the rink is unmatched.

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Events Held at Shimla Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating
Ice skating is a famous sport in Shimla, especially during the winter season. The naturally formed, open-air rink calls every tourist to try their hand at ice skating in the crisp and pleasantly fresh air. The arena provides basic but necessary equipment like skates, kneepads, etc. Tourists can also opt for long term or short term Ice Skating Memberships depending on their travel plans and requirements. The rink is open for skating only in the mornings, so tourists may want to plan their day accordingly.

Ice Hockey 
Ice Hockey is a famous sport played at the rink. The Shimla Ice Hockey Club is affiliated to the Governing Body of Ice Hockey in India, also called the Ice Hockey Association of India. The sport gained popularity after a movie named Speedy Singhs, which was based on the game. The lead actor of the film, Akshay Kumar is said to be an ardent fan of Ice Hockey, and he persistently encourages participation and donates generously to the sport.

Annual Carnival
The carnival hosted every year by the Ice Skating Club is a major crowd puller. The ice skating rink gets transformed into a different world altogether during the event which every local looks forward to. The carnival includes several competitions and sports like Ice Hockey matches, Ice Skating competitions, Fancy Dress Competition, and Dance and Music competitions to keep the participants entertained. One can also find delicious local food at the carnival and kiosks to buy gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. This outdoor event is usually held during the winter season on a bright day and is a fabulous event to witness in the fresh and pristine surroundings of the mesmerising city of Shimla.

Best Time for Ice Skating in Shimla

The best time to go Ice Skating in Shimla is between December and February. These months mark the peak winter season in the city and provide a suitable environment for ice skating. The sessions are held in the mornings, so tourists are advised to reach the venue during those hours.

Tips

1. Wear warm and appropriate clothing while skating.
2. Skates can be rented on the payment of a small amount.

How To Reach Ice Skating in Shimla

Shimla Ice Skating Rink is located on Circular Road. Tourists can hire an auto rickshaw or walk to the Rink. Those travelling by private vehicles can reach the rink via Cart Road and Circular Road.

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