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Shimla Ice Bar Lounge – One-of-its-kind bar in Himachal constructed entirely of ice




SHIMLA- After the Johnnie’s Wax Museum, Shimla has another cool attraction for tourists in the ICE BAR LOUNGE opened at the Pine View Hotel, Kaithu. The bar lounge constructed entirely of ice is a minus 15-degree igloo worth enjoying a glass or two of refreshing alcohol.

Himachal Watcher had an opportunity to visit this one-of-its-kind bar in Shimla and the experience was astounding.


The Ice Bar Lounge (first ice bar north of Delhi) is in the premises of Pine View Hotel. Post arriving at the hotel’s reception, we were graciously led to the Ice Bar by the hospitable staff members on behest of Mr Yatish Sood, owner of the property.

The Ice Bar Lounge, Yatish tells HW is an interpretation of an ice bar he had visited with his wife in Barcelona.


The lounge has a minimalist entrance – taking a small flight of stairs you are led straight into a room lit with mood enhancing lights, which is suppose to be the acclimatizing room.

With pebbles on the floor, and a few tables laid out, the room reveals nothing of what you are going to witness in the adjoining room.


Everything until here is free of cost. The entry into the ice bar lounge is however reserved at Rs 750 per head for 30 minutes. At the reception here, you make the payment and you will be provided with a special Quechua Jacket and led to the door – you still cannot guess what’s behind this closed door.

There it opens and gushing breeze of chill hits the head. Now, you began to realize there is something different in there.


Eyes gaping, chill seeping into the bones and there you are in a 800 sq m. room of ice. A bar with seating capacity of 15-20 persons has everything just so perfectly placed for amplified ambiance.

The walls are made of ice (floor is pebbled and ceiling is of normal sheets), the counter made of ice, the pillar in the room covered with ice, the tables and chairs and couches everything made with ice. There is so much ice you wonder how on earth is it so perfect!


And just when everything was sinking in with the color changing lights enhancing the mood, we were reminded we had to get over the aura and understand how the ice is kept intact.

We were informed that the lounge is kept dry and room temperature is maintained between minus 5 to minus 15-degree Celsius using a room cooling insulator – and then the eyes went to the only turn down in the room, the air conditioning vents that are placed visibly in one corner of the ceiling.


We had been in there for about 15 odd minutes now – the fingers had begun to freeze and the face could feel the chill. While the torso was well protected in the Quechua jacket, we could feel the knees numbing inside the denims. There was chill in the air, but it was a perfect setting and we were enjoying every minute of our time in there.

Yatish informed, the large blocks of ice for construction have been sourced from Ludhiana, but all the carving and designing has been done on site by Him Chatterjee, head of department of fine arts, Himachal Pradesh University.

The ice bar is a result of 15 months of persistent hard work and dedication and the result is a place worth every buck you spend.


The bar has been operational for about two weeks, but is only serving mocktails and snacks for now. Yatish has applied for a license and the bar should start soon.

After 25 odd minutes inside the ice bar, capturing every possible detail, we were out – bones felt chilly, lenses on the camera and eyeglasses fogged – this was when we realized the importance of the acclimatizing room.


We were asked not to take off the jackets they had provided, immediately. Waiting in the room (acclimatizing) we clicked a few shots of the room and a couple of pictures of the temporary staff off the ice bar. Then took off the jackets after 10 odd minutes and bid adieu to the ice bar lounge.





Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla



Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Himachal's cutlural paintings

Courtesy: Surya Ranjan Shandil

However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.

Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.

The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.

He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.

He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.

I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,

Ranjan told Himachal Watcher

His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.

After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,

he said.

local himachali painting artist

Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.

Surya Ranjan Shandil

Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.

Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.

Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.

About his love for painting, he said,

I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.  

It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.


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Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film



Teenage Shimla girl actors

Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.

Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.

Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.

The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.

In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.

The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.

Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.

He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.

His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.

The interested candidates can apply for auditions alongwith their pictures and other details. The candidates can either apply through e-mail at [email protected]” or through Facebook.

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Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs



dharamsala war museum

Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.

The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.

Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.

The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.

The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.

The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.

The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.

war museum himachal

Photo: Divya Himachal

There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.

The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.

The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.

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