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Sep
10

Swiss Chronicles – Mt. Titlis

Do you have dreams? Pleasant dreams, happy dreams, dreams that bring a smile to your face. I’m not talking about big ones – the one about the dream house by the lake or beach, or driving a Rolls Royce, or travelling in your own private jet, or hoping someday you’ll be sitting by GOD’s side discussing your favourite game!

I’m talking of the small meaningless ones, the little wishes – like wanting to hold the snow in your hands after reading C&H Books and Archie comics.

A dream that remained a dream cause you spent a quarter of your life in the humidity of Mumbai and were never able to visit the Himalayas or up north of your country. Then having shifted base to a desertland, the dream seemed further impossible, until you landed on the first of the 4 peaks you decided to visit in the Alps

A one-hour train to Engelberg from Lucerne and you were on the ride of your life to the one of the highest peaks in  the Alps that can be reached by aerial cableways. Yes, that is the sole mode of transport to this place. Cable cars or Gondolas as they are more commonly known in this part of the world.

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You change 3 different type of lifts to finally reach 3238 mts above sea-level to Mt. Titlis. On the way you encounter scenic sites as below

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You get to have an Indian Buffet at their restaurant and head straight into the snow!

Yes I held snow in my hands for the first time in my life, I walked on it, I played in it and I got to throw a snowball! The feeling hasn’t sunk in and don’t think I’ll get over it anytime soon. Little dreams when they come true bring unbelievable happiness.

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I’m scared of valley ranges and MDH made me get into this one while travelling to Glacier Park from Mt. Titlis!

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As if it was not enough that we paid to be taken in covered Gondolas (which by the way stopped mid-air for 10-15 mins while returning back giving me the fright of my life) – I paid 12CHF i.e. approx Rs 600 for the most terrifying 5 mins of my life! You guessed it right, I was not thinking at all. That’s me in the picture holding on to my dear life! Freaking scary it was when I sat in an open air-lift. Freezing like crazy, fog all over, only open valley below my feet! I must’ve been out of my mind to sit – but I did.

Got back safe and sound – you must’ve guessed it from the fact that I’m putting up this blog post! I’m not doing it again ever in my life – one time was good enough!

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As much as Mt. Titlis did not help me get over my fear of valleys – it did make my little dream come true and for that reason alone the place will remain special for the rest of my life!

Previous posts in the series here:

  1. Zurich
  2. Rhine Falls

1 comment

  1. Vivek Rao says:

    your description sounds really great yaar…dunno when i'll be able to go there! 🙁

    have never been crazy about the US, but have always wanted to visit europe…to see switzerland, to see the british countryside and the moors from enid blyton stories, to see the rocky scottish isle's…

    one day…

    great to see that you guys are really really enjoying this trip!

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