With Swiss Made Adventures’ latest season exploring the Alps, we speak with a movie buff and an adventure junkie
While hopeless romantics were engrossed with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s characters in the “palat… palat” scene, in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), travel buffs were distracted by the magnificent view of the Saanen bridge and the picturesque mountains of Switzerland. Whatever be your interest in the Alps, the sixth season of Swiss Made Adventures promises to satisfy in its new avatar, which showcases three sections—actor Meiyang Chang going on a Bollywood trail, actress Sumona Chakravarti and adventure junkie Neha Dixit trying their hands at adventure sports, and Masterchef Kunal Kapur trying out the best of wines and cheeses the country has to offer. From skydiving at the foothills of the Matterhorn mountain (illustrated in the Toblerone chocolate logo) to counting wild horses at Gstaad village and relishing butter-stuffed perch caught from Lake Geneva, get tips from the hosts for your
next Swiss getaway.
With 48 mountains and over 7,000 lakes, there is no dearth of adventure here. “The Matterhorn mountains, which forms the border between Switzerland and Italy, is the perfect place to take a leap for a sky diving adventure. And James Bond fans can recreate the opening scene of the Golden Eye, by bungee jumping 720 feet from the Verzasca Dam in Ticino (`17,500),” says the explorer. For adrenaline junkies, there is jet skiing, wake boarding and hand gliding, where you take off from the Rothorn peak and land on the green meadows of Zermatt (`15,100). “Paragliding is available in India, but not hand gliding. So it is a great opportunity for Indian adventurers to try their hand at the sport,” adds Dixit, who also recommends that the best way to unwind after all the exertions is by sitting beside the serene Lake Geneva, reading a book and trying the buttered perch caught fresh from the lake and served at the many budget eateries surrounding it.
How better to enjoy Switzerland than by following the trails of the man who introduced the picturesque country to us, Yash Chopra. Television star and movie buff, Meiyang Chang closely follows the filmmaker’s iconic locations. “Do you want to see how the world looks from above? That is Switzerland visualised for you,” begins Chang, who visited Gstaad village, where the song Zara sa jhoom loon main was filmed, stopped by St Mauritius Church, where Raj (Khan) and Simran (Kajol) prayed in DDLJ, and took a horse carriage ride in Interlaken, where, often, wild horses will run beside you (`2,750 onwards). “For a real ‘filmi’ experience, check into the Yash Chopra Suite, a cinema-themed suite dedicated to the filmmaker at the Victoria- Jungrfrau Grand Hotel (from `85,000 per night). For outdoor activities, take your pick from skiing to snowboarding and Nordic walking. I chose the dog sled ride, where five pairs of huskies pull your sled through the snow-capped mountains (`10,975 onwards),” adds Chang.
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