Shimla : Hundreds of new year revellers thronged Shimlaâ€™s ice skating rink to watch the exciting ice-skating festival in this Himachal Pradesh capital.
On display at South Asiaâ€™s oldest natural ice skating were events like , ice hockey , ice racing , figure skating , fancy dress and the torch race .
â€œOver 350 people participated in the ice skating carnival including school children ,â€ said Bhuvnesh Banga , Secreatry of the Shimla Ice Skating Club said.
Speaking about the long tradition of skating here Banga said , â€œThe annual winter carnival is over 50 years old and is very popular with both locals and tourists.â€
â€œSkating began here during the British colonial era in the 1920s . Famous people like Nehru , Marshal Tito , Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and some of the biggest film stars of the hindi film industry have skated here ,â€ Banga said.
A tourist from Chennai told the Hill Post , â€œIn the absence of snow this year for new yearâ€™s eve in Shimla I really enjoyed watching the unique sport ice skating here .â€
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