To be inside world’s first rotating cable car
How would it be to be on world’s first revolving aerial cable car, which rotates 360 degrees? How would you feel when you walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge? It’s an awesome experience…All this and much much more will definitely mesmerise you when you visit Mt Titlis which is the jewel in central Switzerland. The snow-capped mountains gives an amazing view of the Swiss Alps and the Alpine landscapes.
A mountain trip would definitely be wearisome and a bit rocky. But a trip to Mt Titlis in Switzerland definitely does not fit into any of these.
For first timers it would be a mind blowing experience right from the word Go. From the hotel we stayed at Engelberg, which is famous for both summer and winter tourism, it was just a 5-minute drive. The weather plays a major role and if its cloudy, the climb to the mountains will be ruined mainly because the mountains would be covered in clouds and you could end up disappointed.
Titlis can be reached only by a cable car or rotair as it is 3020 feet above sea level. The cable car is from Engelberg, a small village which is close to Lucern city, a place known for snow-capped mountains and medieval architecture. Once we are ready with the tickets, you will actually have to hop into the cable car as it keeps moving in the pedestal. It has a capacity only for 6 people. Before it takes off, the doors close automatically. Completely made of glass with safety given top preference, we begin the climb to the mountain top. As you ascend, you see the beauty of the mountains and your jaw drops on seeing white snow covering the mountain peaks. It was smooth but the weather kept changing rapidly and we witnessed the light vary within a few minutes as we gradually ascended to the Swiss Alps.
Before departing, one should make sure to check the weather as a cloudy weather, the mountains are covered by clouds. The weather can change quickly in mountains.
The cable car does not take you to the top but we have to change during the last leg into a revolving cable car allowing you to enjoy the views of the Alps all around. The rotating car is only on the last leg and you can see the permanent glacier of ice making a 360 degree turn. The cable car takes you from the middle station at Stand Up to the summit peak.
There are 5 levels. The first level is the landing area, level 2 and 3 are where cake shops and wash rooms are present, level 4 is for photo shoot where you can get photographed in a Swiss wear and level 5 is the topmost where you can walk on snow and play on ice.
Once you reach the top of Mt Titlis, the exit leads you to the viewing platform. You see snow and ice everywhere. We were lucky as it was a sunny day and treading slowly, we were careful not to trip. Though the sun kissed the mountain ranges, we had a feeling that we were communicating with heaven rather than the earth. The intense cold was making our hands and limbs freeze, and walking on snow was not an easy task. Walking carefully, I felt the snow by hand and felt like powdered sugar but cold.
There are different options available on top. Ice flyer is an option where a chairlift takes you over the glacier. A glacier is a mass of ice which moves slowly into the valleys. Once seated in the chair, we kept our eyes below on the mass of ice, covered in white. It was like a marble spread over the rocks. It sweeps you slowly and swiftly over snow fields. Tourists waved at each other and we exchanged pleasantries with our snow loving friends. It was a fantastic glacier experience.
The Cliff walk is a walk on the spectacular suspension bridge which is the highest suspension bridge in Europe. We could see the panoramic view of Swiss Alps on a different perspective on a heart pounding walk over it. Completing the walk on the bridge made of steel cables and on a windy day does take the heart of steel. The bridge must be just 1 metre wide and 100 metres long. We could see beneath the amazing mountains which was breathtaking and holding on to the steel railings, it was a walk tread carefully under extreme cold.
But for the extreme cold we do not feel like descending. Though dressed in multiple layers, we could feel our hands going numb. At that point, we remembered about the altitude sickness one could suffer. But for a few hours to spend on the world’s most adventure spot, we threw all these to the winds.
Tourists coming from different regions, some old with walking sticks, some with their pet dogs are seen mainly to spend their time in peace and for their love of mountains. What you need is a strong limbs and good lungs.
Soaked in the marvellous sights all around, we begin to realise that we were separated from the habitable world for quite some time and it was time to ascend. We begin our journey down and it was very sunny. Reaching level 1, there is another attraction where a magical world of ice awaits. A cool experience is the Glacier Cave which is an enclosure made of ice. We can take a walk through the ice cave. The walk is 150 metre long and the temperature inside is at minus 1.5 degrees. With dim turquoise blue light, it is dark inside and slippery but we finished the walk holding on to the railings.
During the ascend and descend, one can witness the changing light in the Swiss Alps. There are restaurants too and we could see tourists with ice creams and cake.
Wait Wait, not over. At the entrance on the top there is a cut out of Shahrukh and Kajol in Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
When we were leaving the mountain top with regret we were wondering if heaven actually exists on earth and if it does it is here.