Mysuru: You need not go to Himachal Pradesh or Jammu & Kashmir to experience snow fall as you can literally chill and freeze at your backyard. Yes. The city’s first “Snow City Theme Park” was inaugurated this morning by member of erstwhile Mysuru royal family Pramoda Devi Wadiyar.
The Snow City has come up in Nazarbad at Regency Theatre on Lokranjan Mahal Road near Mysuru Zoo that has been converted to hold the new set up. The Regency Theatre has been completely refurbished and the whole structure resembles like Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, the capital of Russia overlooking the Moskva River.
The land of Regency Theatre is owned by the erstwhile royal family of Mysuru and the promoters of Snow City has come to an understanding with the royal family to set up the new facility.
During today’s inauguration, for the first time, the temperature hit a low of minus six degrees while the temperatures at similar snow cities are usually maintained at minus four to five degrees.
The Snow City will offer an experience in snow balling, mountain climbing, snow jumping, sliding, sledging, dancing, snow skiing and snow sliding along with DJ music in an area of 10,000 square feet. There is a selfie spot and a waterfall at the entrance.
Trained personnel will keep a watch on gamers and those using skiing machines and rescuers will be stationed at the venue. All the players will be provided boots, helmets, thermals, caps, gloves and jackets as the temperature will be below freezing. There is a drying area where gamers can dry their clothes.
Other attractions at the Snow City include Snow Disc, Ice Sliding, Snowball Throwing, Snow Bike, Snow Mountaineering, Ice House and Snow Hotel.
For Mysureans, Rs.250 per head will be charged for a 45-minute session on working days inside the facility and on weekends, it will be Rs.300 per head. For tourists, Rs.300 will be charged on normal days and during weekends they have to pay Rs.350.
Parking charges will be extra and cameras and mobile phones are not allowed inside. Visitors have to leave their valuables inside lockers and there will be an in-house cameraman who will supply photos on demand for a fee. There will be nine sessions per day from 10.15 am till 8 pm.
“Snow City Theme Park” partners Vinod Sabharwal, Sunny Sabharwal, Aravind Doshi, Yashwanth Jain and others were present.