Thrill-seeking tourists flock to Shimla for ice-skating

Thousands of thrill-seeking tourists thronged Shimla for its well-known ice-skating sports on natural ice.

The skating rink attracted hundreds of tourists, children and adults, who have come to enjoy this adventure sport.

Members of the ice skating club were also happy that it has become a centre of attraction for a number of tourists during the winters.

"We provide training in figure skating, speed skating, and ice hockey to children. It is all-together a different experience for them. It is a special thing for children in December as they come to spend their vacation and for recreational activities," said Bhuvnesh Banga, the Secretary of Ice-Skating Club, Shimla.

The tourists said they had a unique experience and thoroughly enjoyed ice-skating on natural ice.

"We are enjoying as this is the South Asia''s only open-air natural ice rink. We enjoyed a lot," said Prashant, a tourist from Delhi.

Every year, the club hosts a special winter carnival, organising ice-hockey and skating competitions and thousands of eager tourists and ice adventure enthusiasts from all over the country participate in this carnival.

Founded by the British in 1920, the Ice Skating Club, Shimla, is the only open-air natural ice rink in South Asia.

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