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Kufri Adventure Sports

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 2, 622
Popular Winter Sports: Skiing, hiking
Tourist Attractions: Horse/Yak Safari, Wildlife tour to Himalayan National Park, Picnicking in Mashru Peak.
A dream come true when you across the beautiful facets of Kurfi. This summer capital of Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2, 622 meters above the sea level. The hill-station is blessed with the snow-capped mountains, wildlife parks, wonderful peaks etc. All its attractions can be adventurously explored by means of Horse and Yak Safari.
Winter sports Attractions in Kufri
Kufri hill-station is a popular hub for winter sport lovers. It is learnt of that during winter season, international tourist, specially from America, visit the spot and enjoy adventure of skiing and hiking.. Long back, since 20 years ago, the ski slopes is explored by adventurers time and again. It boast of to be the oldest winter sport destination in the entire Himachal Pradesh.
Other winter sports like hiking, tobogganing and horse-riding also add color in the winter season. Travelers can hire horses at fare ranging from Rs. 30 to Rs. 160, so as to move around the lofty hills and verdant valleys
Kufri Winter Sport Festival:
The annual winter sport festival in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh is popular all over the world. The adventure programme is organized by the Department of Travel & Tourism of the State. It falls on the month of February and is attended by both the beginners and expert skiers. Comfortable place and accommodation options are also arranged by the organizer. Besides, another alike game, titled, National Statue Competition is also arranged every year in the month of January.
Best Time to Visit Kufri Hill-Station:
An ideal time to visit Kufri ski resort is from December to February.
How to reach Kufri Hill-Station
Kufri is located 13 kms away from Shimla and can be easily accessed by the adventure seekers. State transport buses and local cabs are available anywhere and can be hired at cheap tariff.

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India Ice Skating Sport Adventure

Also known as Figure Skating, the wonderful sport is one of the ancient games of the world. History says that skating dates back to 3000 B.C. The archaeological survey also limelight the oldest pair of skates in Switzerland, Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, Great Britain and Netherlands. In the 19th century, the joy of ice-skating spread like wild fire in different parts of the world.
Shimla- an Ice-Skating Destination
While many foreign countries began playing ice-skating, India, too, pave the way for skaters. The Himalayan regions in the country remain clogged with white sheets of snow and tourist find pleasure to splash ice with a pair of skates. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is a remarkable skating zone for the enthusiasts.
The ice-skating ring in Shimla has the largest open-air area in India. It is equipped with naturally frozen ice, following low temperatures all the year round. The Ice-skating Club manages the need of the enthusiasts, visiting here. This winter adventure sport generally takes place in the early December and continues till late February. Skaters can enjoy paling on the ice in two sessions everyday, i.e, in the morning and in the evening.
Tourist with a mood to practice skating can earn a membership card from the skating club. They can either opt this for a short term or can even go for single session. Besides, the carnival season also schedules a number of programmes like fancy dress competition, cultural dances, ice hockey and lot more.
Skating in Shimla is far away from the range of extra-ordinary preparation. Skating equipments like skate guards, pairs of skates etc are available on the ring. The only fact is packaging woolen clothes and first-aid kits.
Ice-Skating Competition in Kolkata
Kolkata in East India, also has a ice-skating ring, located at the Clown Town. Recently, the Ice Skating Association of India has organized a mega event, which enlisted two groups- figure skating and speed skating. Both the beginners and experts, irrespective of gender has participated. The main purpose of this National Ice-Skating Championship was to select skaters for the 2010 Winter Olympics, to be held at Vancouver.

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Boonen Banned From Tour De France

Belgium’s former world cycling champion, Tom Boonen, has been forced out of this year’s Tour de France.

The rider was barred after it was revealed that he had tested positive for cocaine use outside of competition in May.

So drugs are yet again making the headlines of cycling’s annual “jewel in the crown” and it has not even started. It does not get underway until July 5.

There again drugs and cycling seem to be two words that are almost synonymous in a sport that is riddled with doping scandals.

The winners of the last two Tours, Spain’s Alberto Contador in 2008 and US rider Floyd Landis in 2007 – have both been at the centre of doping allegations.

Indeed last year’s event overall degenerated into what was termed a “Tour de Frauds” with several top riders forced to drop out during the race after failing controls.

Organisers of the Tour seem to make an annual effort to clean up what is considered by many to be the sport’s showpiece but clearly face an uphill battle.

Reacting quickly to the news of Boonen’s positive test for cocaine, the Tour’s general race director Christian Prudhomme said the actions of the rider had brought disgrace upon cycling and the Tour itself.

And he is not kidding. Boonen is yet another high profile rider to make the headlines for the wrong reasons. He was world champion in 2005, took last year’s green jersey as the best sprinter on the Tour and just last April won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race when he beat Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland in a sprint finish.

While Boonen might be out of this year’s race his team, Quickstep, will still take part.

It is perhaps it’s a little hard to believe that Proudhomme actually thought and apparently still thinks the sport’s image hadn’t been tarnished almost beyond repair.

News of yet another drugs scandal, albeit outside of competition and therefore under the circumstances not considered performance enhancing, will hardly rock the nation or the sport.

Officially even though cocaine is classed as a stimulant, it is only considered a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency if taken during competition.

The Tour’s organisers and the sport’s governing body, ICU, defend themselves, claiming the very tests they carry out prove how much more of an effort they are making to rid the sport of its shame.

This year’s 21-stage Tour de France will get rolling on July 5 from Brest in western France. Unusually there will be no prologue, but in keeping with tradition the race will wind its way around the country before ending up in the nation’s Capital, Paris, on July 27. There it’ll be a race to the end passing the Eiffel Tower before a last sprint up the world famous Champs Elysees to cross the finish line.

Of course whether it will be free from further unwelcome revelations is a matter of conjecture, but it is a fair bet that drugs will in some way be making the headlines yet again before, during and probably after the event.