The Swiss side of the Alps is blessed with landscape consisting of snow covered mountains, deep gorges lush green and narrow passes. Much to the delight of nature lovers, the country whose economy is mostly dependent on tourism has customised travel routes where one can be close to the mesmerising beauty of nature. One such tourist route is the Glacier express which includes journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz or Davos. The full day journey which is spread over 7.5 hours,  covers 91 tunnels and 291 bridges and across the Oberlap Pass which is the highest point at 2,033 m in altitude.

While on the way from Basel, I came across this beautiful lake near Interlaken. The early morning sun was coming out of the horizon with rays of hope and vigour.

Lake near Interlaken
Lake on the way to Glacier Express

The brief train journey takes you across the Rhine river up the mountain to connect the Glacier express.

On the way to Glacier express across Rhine river
On the way to Glacier express across Rhine river

The Glacier express is a specially designed train which can travel through the rough mountain terrains safely and also provides a marvellous view through its Panorama cars with glass ceilings.

The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Panorama Car
Panorama Car
Panorama Car
Panorama Car

Enroute the picturesque landscape, you will pass through many lush green valleys:

Lush green valley
Lush green valley
Lush green valley
Lush green valley
Lush green valley
Lush green valley

different faces of the mighty Alps and various flora & fauna:

Different faces of the Alps
Different faces of the Alps
God's Canvas
God’s Canvas
Flora and fauna on the way
Flora and fauna on the way

and once in a while small hamlets which look very much picture perfect:

Snowcapped mountains
Snowcapped mountains
Picture perfect
Picture perfect
Hamlet
Hamlet

typical Swiss cottage beautifully decorated with flowers: Beautiful Swiss Cottage and oh my goodness a Golf course too at this height!

Golf course
Golf course at such a height!

some beautiful vineyards:

Beautiful Vineyard
Vineyard
Avalanche barricade
Barricades to stop Avalanche

The tourists are served a 3 course lunch on board during the journey which makes the beautiful journey even more enjoyable. After completion of the journey, you are bound to return with some unforgettable moments of your life.

Thanks to wikipaedia, www.rail-pictures.com, http://www.glacierexpress.ch/en
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