I love nature and nothing gives me more peace that being under the bare sky with nothing in sight except pure nature. The more devoid such places are of human habitation, the better it is. Being in a deserted place makes it easier to communicate with nature. Whether it is a sunset, or a lake or a mountain, the joy is in being alone with it. The feeling itself is difficult to describe. I would like to say it’s a spiritual feeling, spiritualism of the ultimate kind. I can understand why early man thought nature was God. Nature is godly. I know I’ll get this feeling if I ever leave the Earth and go into Space.
I’ve been lucky to see many such breathtakingly beautiful and isolated places in India, whether near Ooty, near Uri in Kashmir, or in Arunachal and Assam, as I come from an Army background and got to see places untouched by tourism. In India an area which is “protected” retains its natural beauty. Either that or places which no one has heard of and no one goes to.
Switzerland has many isolated spots where one can enjoy nature and the best part is that the ordinary public has access to them. Whether poor or rich. The area needn’t be cordoned off because it’s a “protected” area. It’s an area accessible to all and sundry, but it has a “protected” look. The Swiss protect their land. They leave no traces of their human presence, thus enabling others to enjoy the place. They leave it as they find it. This quality seems to be ingrained in them. It’s an awesome quality.
Here is a photograph of a lake on the way to Mount Titlis. From the photograph below you can imagine why we fell in love with Lake Trüb although no photograph can do justice to the beauty of the place. One has to be in this valley to know what it is like. It’s gigantic, surrounded by massive mountains and their icy streams. To get an idea as to how large the lake is, you can check the second photograph and see the boat house which is a barely visible dot in the first photo at the bottom right of the lake. We walked down to this lake, from the point from where we took the photo.
I took hardly any photos of the lake because I wanted to enjoy it. Ever notice how taking photographs disturbs the true enjoyment of a place? We spend several hours walking around the lake and simply drinking it in. There were hardly any people here although we did see a few picnickers who came and left, leaving no evidence that they had ever been there. Apparently there are also tourist excursions to see the 4 lakes around Lucerne but most tourists on packages don’t take this tour.
Here are photographs of the surrounding area. The first two photographs were taken from the cable car:
This is a photograph of a cow which is sitting alone. I took it because I thought it encapsulated the spirit of the place. The lonliness, the isolation, the peace and tranquility.
The next photograph is from another area, on the way from Interlaken to a place they call Top of Europe. This is the train that we took
And this is a view from a speeding train on the way from Paris to Zurich. You can get an idea of how fast the train was moving.
These are just some of my favourite photographs, the ones that have great memories for me. If you ever go to Switzerland, be sure to go off the beaten track. And if you ever go to any beautiful place in India leave it as beautiful as you found it.
(All photographs are by me and copyrighted)
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