Snow World

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Snow World
Location Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates 17°30′54″N 78°28′51″E / 17.514877°N 78.48087°E / 17.514877; 78.48087Coordinates: 17°30′54″N 78°28′51″E / 17.514877°N 78.48087°E / 17.514877; 78.48087
Owner Ocean Park Multitech Ltd.[1]
Opened 28 January 2004[2]
Operating season All year
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)

Snow World is an amusement park located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India) within an area of about 2 acres (0.81 ha). Located beside Indira Park and along the Hussain Sagar lake, the park was inaugurated on 28 January 2004.

Background[edit]

Ocean Park Multitech Ltd. took the 2 acres (0.81 ha) plot on a 33-year lease from the Government of Andhra Pradesh at the rate of INR3.6 million (US$60,000) per year. The lease amount was to go up by 5% every year. Constructed at a cost of INR20 million (US$330,000), the 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) facility was designed by Nitish Roy, a well-known Indian art director, production designer and architect.[3][4] The facility, which was built in collaboration with the local tourism department, is India's first[5] and the biggest in the world and was only the third such snow park after the ones in Malaysia and Singapore.[4]

On 28 January 2004, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the facility. Though it was not intended to be open for visitors on that day, some of them ventured into the facility. They experienced giddiness for inhaling excess nitrogen in the air, which is used to produce snow.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Visitors at the Snow World

Two-hundred tonnes of artificial snow was laid on the layered flooring which was specially prepared to avoid seepage or melting. Every day, the top layer of snow is cleaned and an additional two to three tonnes of snow, which is generated within the facility, is used to top the snow spread. The artificial snow is made using a patented technology from Australia. The water used is filtered four times before utilising it to make snow such that even if children consume it, they will not be harmed.[4]

The park can accommodate a total of 2,400 visitors in a day. Every visitor gets acclimatised to lower temperatures in a step-wise manner, 20 °C (68 °F), then 0 °C, and then a sub zero temperature. This method is approved internationally.[4] In addition, visitors are given protective clothing and a steaming cup of soup to help them acclimatise to the temperature change.[6] The internal area, also called as the Cryo Zone,[5] maintains a constant temperature of – 5 °C. For 1 hour, a maximum of 300 visitors at a time can explore the different facilities such as kids snow play area, snow wars, snow tube slide, sleigh slide, ice-bumping cars, merry-go-round and an ice skating rink.[4]

A few months after its inauguration, a snowfall feature was added. Said to be the first of its kind at any show theme park or snow dome in the world, the visitors are exposed to snowfall for ten minutes for every hour.[7] A 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) kart racing, built at a cost of INR25 million (US$420,000), was open to public. 300 workers took one year to construct the thematic indoor go karting arena. The indoor resemble a cave that was uniquely designed using plaster of paris. With an exhaust system and a fresh air system to ensure uninterrupted supply of fresh air, the facility sought certification from the Motor Sports Association of India.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A, Roy Chowdhury (12 December 2003). "Blizzard zone". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Chunduri, Mridula (28 January 2004). "Wait a bit longer to play in the snow". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Naidu to inaugurate snow theme park today". The Hindu. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "India’s first snow park to be opened on Monday". The Times of India. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Farooq, Omer (28 January 2004). "Snow melts hearts in Hyderabad". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Jennifer Hardenne, Laszlo Buhasz (21 February 2004). "Snow park opens in Hyderabad". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  7. ^ A., Roy Chowdhury (19 April 2004). "Snowfall in Hyderabad, courtesy Snow World". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Snow World floats Kart Cave". The Indian Express. 24 December 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2010.