It was our day to visit the very famous Mt.Titlis...we kick started our day with a sumptuous breakfast in the restaurant of our hotel at around 9:00 in the morning... there were quite a few traditional swiss items on the go but being vegetarians we settled down for the ubiquitous croissant,freshly baked bread,cereal and freshly squeezed orange juice(which we very generously helped ourselves with thrice).
We pushed off at around 11 and boarded a train from Luzern station to the Engelberg Station.The train snaked its way on one of the world's most breathtaking routes which had the most incredible sights and scenes virtually painted by God himself...it is often said that seeing is believing...the abundance of natural beauty actually makes it difficult for anybody to put his/her camera away...the sheer magnificence of the idyllic beauty that lies sprawling in front of you forces you to wonder if there is any other place in the world that can match it..
We were particularly over-awed by the vision of the people who actually built railways that take you up the steep slopes of the mountains in one of those old-world style trains on a seemingly precarious route...there were imperious mountains on one side and flower filled valley on the other side with roads and tracks running parallel to each other for quite a distance..
.we arrived at Engelberg Station in an hour--a quiet little station straddled away in the scenic valley formed by the majestic snow-capped Alps... also met one very friendly swiss girl named Irice who showed us to the ticket office for the Mt.Titlis trip... there was a mobile Indian restaurant (in a van) parked at the foot of the hills serving vada pav,samosas,masala chai etc....sipping hot masala tea and eating samosas and vada pav in switzerland was strange enough and yet special enough to carry us briefly on a nostalgic trip to our country...it was a very comforting and therapeutic sign for the indian tourists like us...it helps form the connection instantly and a minute you feel as if you belong....something like it is not alien completely
After munching on the savouries we embarked on one of the journeys that will remian etched on our minds forever...we bought the tickets to Mt.Titlis and it was a journey spanning three legs...first was a cable car taking us upto Trubsee
there were only two of us in the cable car and as it ascended over the mountain slope the scene that emerged with every passing second can only be dubbed as heavenly...we gradually rose over the very tall dark green coniferous trees and that was an experiece in itself..their tops gently tapering into inverted cones
...we rose higher and came to a station on the route...but we had to remain seated in the car and to our delight the message was set in our very own Hindi language...
the same cable car proceeded to the second stop which marked the end of the first leg but started the beginning of the snow capped tops. They looked majestic in their white robe yet there was something that suggested that they were very tame and welcoming perhaps because we were moving over them in those cars and that gave a perception of their tolerance towards us.
From Trubsee we were taken up by a larger cable car which carried approximately 50 people to the third stop called Stand
from here we boarded the fascinating and world's only rotating cable (RotAir
) car upto Mt.Titlis. The disc on which we stood revolved a complete 360 degrees giving the panoramic view of the Alps...we clicked a lot of pictures on our way up as it certainly felt as if we were ascending into the heavens...there was white everywhere when we alighted at Mt.Titlis.Also there were Shahrukh Khan and Kajol standing just outside the exit gate to greet the tourist...so what if it was just a cut out from their hugely popular DDLJ....a very strong symbol of connection between Bollywood and Switzerland
...we were at Titlis now and made our way towards the snow that covered the peak...there were several people skiing on it as well...needless to say the view from the top was nothing short of a wonder in itself...we also took the the open chair li ft
cable car and got a professional photo done...stayed on the snow for a while all the time stunned with amazing perfectness...had coffee at the open air restaurant with some vada pav...it was around 3:00 and we decided to see the glacier caves before our descent...the caves were pretty eerie and intriguing as well...
it was a proper moving glacier...took the 3:30 RotAir cable car as it was time to go back now...the scenes were different on our descent but no less beautiful....
had masala tea again when reached the foots...boarded the train back to Lucerne at 16:45 with the last wistful look at what looked like a window to heaven....reached hotel at around 18:30 and updated the blog...spent some time in the room in order to relax and then went out again for a short look around at night time...the lake looked like a pool of stars at night and the weather was very nice walked beside the lake upto Kanchi restaurant but decided not to dine there...instead walked back to the Lucerne station and bought burgers for dinner....it rained gently on us on our way back to the hotel...we already were accustomed to the ways and buildings around and Anurag and I just wondered at our superb ability to getting used to people and place so quickly that no sooner you step out into a new land than you are already accustomed to it...
Tomorrow we are going to Interlaken...its late now as i finish off today's entry so I'll sleep to wake up the last time(on this trip) in Lucerne.