Marketed as the “Top of Europe” experience, the husband and I were expecting our trip to Jungfrau to be the high point of our Swiss sojourn.
We chose to use the services of the Jungfrau railway, known to be a pioneer of sorts in the mountain railway scene. We boarded a delightful cogwheel train at Kleine Scheidegg, which took us to Jungfrau in about an hour’s time. En route, we got off at two spectacular view points and gasped and marvelled at the Alps.
At this point, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that TH and I have lived near the equator practically our entire lives. You may now appreciate the effort it took us to just get to Jungfrau. We actually felt like ghosts, because we could not feel our feet and hands beyond a certain altitude.
When we finally reached, we were dazed to see a bunch of people rush to a particular spot, trampling everything in their wake. TH and I managed to find each other again after all this drama and floated along (ghosts remember?) to get out into the snow. And guess what we find? Shah Rukh Khan! (For the uninitiated, he is a big Bollywood superstar) Not in body and flesh, but his picture on a cardboard was enough to send people into a frenzy.
I occasionally loathe how loud and crass Bollywood can be. So you can imagine my dismay when I go all the way to the top of Europe, braving the cold, only to see people making a beeline to click pictures with a cut out of Shah Rukh Khan and dine in Restaurant Bollywood!
Well, that does not take away anything from the beauty of the place. It is quite astounding. Just watch your back for crazy SRK fans when you step out into the snow.