Friends with the Swiss Alps || by Anchita Dogra

It's 26 degrees in Rugby tonight and I'm sleepless. I'm used to the heat but seems like a holiday to Switzerland this year has spoiled me a bit :) In nostalgia, I recollect our first evening in Switzerland when we all jumped at the sight of clouds slowing making their way towards our balcony!

We took the golden pass panoramic train from Geneva airport to Murren (a car free village at an elevation of 5,413 ft).  The train took us through serpentine rail tracks and offered numerous breathtaking views of Switzerland.

Thanks to Abhi for persuading us to take the long but picturesque route through Zweisimmen.

After changing a couple of trains, boarding a cable car and a cog wheel train, we finally reached Murren - a story book village and certainly worth the effort.

The view from our balcony was startling. It looked as if someone has sketched a painting.

In the morning, when I peeped out my window, I could see young gals in the field, plucking flowers and sticking them in their lovely little bouquets :)

We set out lazily and took a cable car to Schithorn. The cable car took us another 4000 ft. above and a James Bond music played in the background got the passengers' cheer and added to our adventure mood.

The view from the top was mesmerising. Nature is amazing!

 I managed to do a pano, primarily on my mum's request.

And look ! I met my old friend again :o)

Schilthorn is famous for it's revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, which appeared in Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

If you love trekking then you may also go the extra mile.

It was definitely the highlight of our trip.

The next day we went to Interlaken. It's a good place if you wanna go souvenir shopping (you'll find your DDLJ cowbells here) or sit by the lake but IMHO it's over hyped. There are better places to explore in Switzlerland.

Next stop was Lauterbrunnen - The valley of 72 stunning waterfalls.

The spray of the falling water, the curious tourists and the jingling of cow bells simply wowed us. I could connect with the famous poem "Song of the Spirits over the Waters".

We decided to feel the power of the falls and took the stairs up. Being inside a waterfall and getting sprayed by tonnes of water falling from above our head was an experience of a lifetime. I was rendered speechless by man's feat of carving stairs and installing lifts inside a mountain into a waterfall.

Lucerne offered lovely views of lakes and a great cruise.

We even braved a hike from Murren down to Gimmewald.

It was a nice hike and we saw some beautiful Alpine huts on the way.

It was a moderately tough hike and I can't explain the joy of reaching the destination.

On a sunny day, you realize why people say "If heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald".

We returned back early that evening to see the football world cup and luckily got to see people listening and dancing to tunes of the Alphorn in the best of Alps.

It was home time now and we had a halt at Bern to have a quick round of the capital city. People played chess outside the Swiss parliament.

Rose garden was another highlight of the city.

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