Parul Yadav’s trip to Switzerland had her experiencing many highs, and she came back refreshed and laden with great memories.
From skiing opportunities to wine-tasting tours, Switzerland is a perfect getaway from the scorching heat of India during summer. However, Parul wasn’t on a pleasure trip – at least not to begin with. “I was shooting there for one of my films, and I was mesmerised by the place. It was so beautiful that after the film schedule was completed, I stayed back alone to explore the place. So it was not planned at all, it just happened,” says the actress.
She even admits that solo travelling was amazing and she would try it again, as it gave her a “sense of confidence.” Her travel itinerary included places like Zurich, Interlaken, and Bern, where she explored the highest peak in the country, confronted her fears, and had fine vegetarian food. “I stayed at Zurich for a while where I had the most amazing experience of paragliding. I am acrophobic, but this was a breakthrough. I also visited cities like Bern and Interlaken. At Jungfrau – the roof of Europe – I was awestruck by the beauty of the place, made even more memorable by a Bollywood-themed restaurant in the memory of Yash Raj sir. It was a very homely feeling to be there, and I think it’s the best place for vegetarians like me.”
Interlaken town in Switzerland has a breathtaking view, as it is located on the Bodeli, a strip of land between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and alongside the Aare River that flows between the two lakes. The town boasts many scenic and interesting places: Jungfrau Park is an amusement park that has mythology, Mayan history, and marine archaeology among its themes. Another attraction is rafting, cannoning on Lütschine River and many other adventure activities. In Zurich tourists can visit the Swiss National Museum, which ranks among the best in Europe. Of the four main churches St. Peter is built around 8th or 9th century.
For adrenaline junkies, there’s hiking in the Jungfrau region, skiing and snowboarding on the Matterhorn, Alpin Raft bungee jumping, high tide kayaking, and much more.
Apart from this, the country’s culture and nightlife is worth a dekko. Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is known for its medieval street plan that has not been altered for about five centuries. Art lovers will find Basel fascinating, as it accommodates more than 40 museums and galleries, and also hosts an art festival – the Art Basel Fair. Montreux draws jazz fans from around the globe. For a bucolic experience, there are the Lavaux Vineyards, spread over 14 kilometres. By way of contrast there is the nightlife of Zurich, teeming with stylish bars and cutting-edge clubs.
But what delighted Parul most was the local transport and food. “I stayed at Zurich and Interlaken, and used vintage trams to travel. The cultures and cuisine are a fusion of Italian, French and English. I really enjoyed pastas and pizzas, loved cheese and chocolate fondue, and had the most amazing aubergine pizza.”
“I love trying the ice creams of every place I visit, but there was one place where the ice cream was so good that I had seven at a go!” she gushed. ..... Sneha Reddy