Ice Skating is just like skiing except that instead of swooshing down from snow covered slopes you just glide along a wide skating arena wearing ice-skates. Whether you want to have a skating partner or whether you want to do it alone, ice-skating is a sport, which needs a much better balancing act than in ordinary skating.
The best options to try out ice-skating in India is Shimla, where every year a winter sports festival is held and this sport is one of the major attractions of it. If you are an amateur or a bit naïve about skiing, just try the simple rules of agility, stability and steadiness and no one will be able to beat you.
Mountaineering & Ice Climbing
Mountaineering is a sport that has challenge in every step. The Indian Himalayas yield every kind of challenge a climber could ask for, unparallel in scope for high mountain adventure. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal are India's major mountaineering states, while Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh offer restricted climbing.
Among the Indian Himalayas, the most challenging peaks that climbers crave to climb are Nanda Devi and Kanchenjunga. For the biggest mountaineering challenges in India, a climber can opt the Garhwal Himalayas, the Zanskar
range in Jammu & Kashmir, Kullu
& Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and the eastern Himalayan range of Sikkim & Darjeeling.
The hills of India have all the ingredients for adventure packed with excitement and thrills and lots of unexplored valleys, towering peaks and snow-capped mountains and glaciers. A splendid combination of flora & fauna and vast tracts of virgin snow awaits you. Gulmarg is known as Kashmir's premier upland hill resort at the the altitude of 2, 730m and offers one of the largest and best equipped winter sports opportunities in India.
Auli in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttaranchal is also counted as another major skiing resort of India.The Manali Region in Himachal Pradesh also offers scope for winters as well as summer skiing. It has excellent natural slopes and in the summer months has limited skiing possibilities at Narkanda. Last but not the least is Kufri, which has always been a favourite among ski lovers who visit Shimla in winters.
If you just don't care about the risk part of high altitude skiing and have got the courage against all odds then, Heli Skiing is just for you. The helicopter is going to leave you at the top of a snow capped peak and from there you just have to criss-cross your way downward. This sport challenges the risk-taking explorer in you, as you have to ski down through unknown routes and ridges. Indian Himalayan region is just the best way to start off this thrilling sport. Some of the best choices include Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani Pass near Manali.