The year started with an amazing trip to Geneva, which not only gave an oppurtunity to explore the most beloved country in the world but also fancy around in the little heart of Switzerland.
Geneva or Genève- A tiny little town in Switzerland with charm from both worlds. With some rustic and old monuments and some new, Genève is a perfect place to be if you like art-architecture-history and food.
Geneva is Switzerland's third wine-producing region and trust me, I had some of the best days there with those local wines. The hills around the western part of the Lake of Geneva favour a very diverse production.
And not just wine, the dairy products are amazing too. Ofcourse we all know swiss is famous for its dairy products, the cheese, the yougurt, the ice-cream, name it and you have it. The creaminess and smoothness doesnot matches to any thing you will ever have.
The place was so welcoming and beautiful that I wanted to settel there forever.
There are no direct flights from Delhi to Genève but there are plenty of options for lay over.
The view of Swiss Alps from the plane was breathtaking, but equally serene at the Genève airport. The gush of fresh and clean air will leterally make you feel the difference (if you travelling from any developing nation) and will make you breath in as much air as you can. Anyways, moving ahead, after check out, you can get a billet for free rail tickets and just outside the airport is railway station. First 80 minutes are free ride anywhere to the city. Then the hotel will give you free travel pass in their respective zones. Geneva is divided into zones for transportation pass, so keep in mind for your free pass limits.
We stayed at Hôtel Astoria Genève and had the most welcoming manager (Indian) in the town. Infact he was from my hometown (small world, I know) and so I guess we got a room with an amazing view ;) . Also, they have amazing restaurant, nice and cozy to have some amazing food and drinks.
Some Useful Info-
* 1 Swiss Francis equal to almost 72 Indian Rupee
* Eat at eateries if you want to spend fortune, food in restaurents are pretty expensive. Easily comes between 18-25 francs per dish.
*For budget traveller, go to departmental stores like Coop or Manor. They are the cheapest among all. You will get everything there at one go.
* Do take the day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. They say the view is beyond amazing. The bus tickets cost 14-20 francs for one side and takes 1.55 - 2.30 hrs to reach. Since Chamonix is in France, you will need your passport at the state borders. Book in advance, as we couldn't go due to delay in planning.
So, here are some pictures from my recent trip. Hope you enjoy and plan your trip soon.