“Jaipur se gaadi nikli, dilli chali halle-halle” If you happen to remember this quite old song from a Rishi Kapoor/Sridevi starrer then probably you know what I want to say.
Sorry I was young then, don’t remember the name of this movie. I would appreciate if someone helps me getting the song. Ever since I saw this song on television, I had fallen in love with that place and wanted to go there. I had a dream… to visit the place where they have such small working models of running trains with small sized stations, small ships… everything small, just like a dolls play house.
Then Lugano happened. I didn’t know one day my dream would come true. 🙂 🙂
Lugano was a two day trip. Two bus loads of Indians with families and kids were set out to explore and admire the natural beauty of CH (Switzerland). From now on I’ll refer to Switzerland as CH.
Lugano is in south east of Switzerland, almost inside the Italian territory of Switzerland. Please refer to the map provided. Needless to say official language is Swiss-Italian and most commonly eaten food is Italian.
There is a famous lake Lugano. Part of the eastern arm of Lake Lugano is in Italy, but most of the lake is in Switzerland and that division of lake gave me goosebumps again. The road ran right alongside the lake and went through a couple of tunnels. We crossed the border between two tunnels in a narrow space between the lake and the mountains, and then we were in Switzerland again.
We reached there by late afternoon. The town is wonderful, just beautiful… built around the edge of the lake with mountains in every direction. After having our food, we set for the famous lake Lugano.
A promenade runs around the end of the lake for a couple of miles—flowers everywhere, with masses of tulips in full bloom. Ferries traveled around the lake and there were other kinds of boats for rent—even paddle boats.
After that adventurous sailing experience of St. Gallen, I was in no mood to go for any but others were quite enthusiast. They hired a full boat & made it a point not to travel to Italian side of the lake. And so I had a good time there in the quiet and serene waters of Lake Lugano. We also had our dinner on the boat. 🙂
Next day was reserved for my childhood dream. It was amazing experience for me. First time in my life I had seen such mini working model of a whole country !!
Swissminiatur or mini-Switzerland is an open air museum where you can admire beautifully-made models of many famous and important Swiss landmarks and means of transportation at a scale of 1:25. Inside ”Miniswiss” you can find not only more than 120 models representing the patrician houses, the most important castles and cathedrals in Switzerland, but also 3500 meters of rails with no less than 18 trains, train stations, funiculars, rack-railways, cable cars and boats in motion. Also mountains, lakes, even airports and factories !!
It was a fascinating sight to watch. We followed a little path around the 2.5 acre exhibition. Everything was just beautifully landscaped and there were two miles of train tracks. A variety of trains ran along the tracks, crossed bridges and stopped at stations. Boats cruised the lakes. Cable cars went up and down the mountains. In a few places, cars even drove on the highway. People in Swiss costumes danced in the town squares.
If you feel like enjoying the view, there is a special park for children that will allow you to sit quietly on the restaurant terrace while your children have fun. Located in Melide right on the edge of the Lugano lake, 5 km far from Lugano town, Swissminiatur is easy to reach either by car, train or boat.
Note:– All the pictures are taken from analogue camera.