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Photo Essay – Chugging through a white countryside to Gornergrat, Switzerland

12 Apr

To cap off a perfect day spent in Zermatt, we decided to end it with a trip to Gornergrat. Now Gornergrat or the Gorner Ridge, at a height of 3,089 m, is a rocky ridge of the Pennine Alps, overlooking the Gorner Glacier south of Zermatt. There is a train from Zermatt, run by Gornergrat Bahn, that is the highest open-air railway in Europe. This train ride is one of the most beautiful train journeys that I have made in Europe – with numerous bridges, tunnels, snow-covered trees, forests & meadows, small houses / hotels interspersed in between and of course the magnificent Alps.The panorama here is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and is almost like a close-up to the majestic Matterhorn, Monte Rosa Massif with the highest Swiss mountain (the Dufourspitze at 4,634 m above sea level), the second-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gornergletscher, as well as 29 peaks higher than 4000 m. Between the Gornergrat railway station (3,090 m) and the summit is also the Kulm Hotel (3,120 m) hosting the new astronomical facility – “Stellarium Gornergrat”

View of the Matterhorn from Gornergrat, near Zermatt

View of the Matterhorn from Gornergrat, near Zermatt

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Want a theme wedding? How about getting married in a Glacier

29 Mar

Off late the concept of theme weddings has caught the fancy of Indians and I keep hearing of  beach weddings, palace / fort weddings, destinations weddings etc etc. But during our visit to the Matterhorn Glacier Palace (Read – Journey into the Centre of a Glacier) we came across a unique venue for a wedding – the centre of the glacier.

Yes, you read it correct. The centre of the Matterhorn Glacier Palace has an ice hall to get married in and have some other unique elements required for a theme wedding –

The Ice Hall, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt

The Ice Hall, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt

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A Tryst with the Matterhorn in Zermatt

13 Mar

Our second day in Zermatt was completely packed with numerous activities with a lot of “first time” and “must try” items of my travel list. But the two things that I was most excited about were – up-close and personal views of the Matterhorn and my first step in actual snow. 🙂 We met with Tanya in the morning and she gave all of us our all-inclusive ski passes that included trips on the gondola and ski lifts, a visit to the glacial palace, actual skiing and even  a train ride to Gornergrat. And with these passes in our pockets, we all embarked for our epic day trip up to the Klein Matterhorn.

Views from the gondola

Views from the gondola

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Walking around Zermatt and my first Ice Skating experience

23 Feb

Just like a dream, I was recently invited by Swiss TourismMaison de Voyage and Rock-On Holidays by Thomas Cook India to experience Switzerland in a unique way. While enough has been said and written about the romantic / family vacations of Switzerland our idea was to leave out all the famous / touristy activities and instead  explore this country through a new lens i.e.  through the eyes and activities of a single budget traveler. Hence our itinerary included all kinds of adventure sports, walks and many new experiences that people normally don’t associate with Switzerland. And I continue my tales from where I left it in my previous post.

Zermatt - the first look

Zermatt – the first look

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Grand

7 Dec

This week’s weekly photo challenge is to share an image of something “Grand”. But the idea is to not just share an image of a large object / scene, but have a special element or a “wow factor” that makes the picture truly stunning. And for this topic, I decided to share pictures of the majestic “Matterhorn” that we visited from Zermatt in Switzerland. The Matterhorn is one of highest and the most photographed peaks in Europe and a spectacular sight. We saw it from many points and I am sharing some of these sights with you –

  • From Gornergrat – This picture is my favorite from the trip and was clicked around sunset from Gornergrat. This image was special as the Matterhorn had been hidden by clouds and mist the whole day, and just when we thought that we will not get a good image, the clouds cleared and we got this gorgeous view and image. I also love this fence that adds another beautiful element and geometry to this pic.
From Gornergrat

From Gornergrat

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Let there be Light

5 Dec

The week’s weekly photo challenge is “Let there be Light” where we had to share a photo of a light source. Light is an essential element of photography and is even apart of the word  i.e. photos- for “light” and -graphos for “drawing”. Playing with various light sources, its placement, its intensity, etc gives a new / different look to the pictures and helps the artist in the photographer create a new masterpiece. I love playing with light in my pictures too and taking pictures of various light sources, especially the sun, candles and lamps. But for this challenge I decided to share 2 simple pictures using just 2 different sources of light i.e. Sun for the natural source (outdoors) and Bulb for the artificial source (indoors).

This pic was taken around sunset over Lake Thun on our way back from Niederhorn. I love the natural colors of the Sun, the dramatic effects of the clouds all around and the shadow in the Lake Thun below.

A gorgeous sunset over Lake Thun, Interlaken

A gorgeous sunset over Lake Thun, Interlaken

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