Indian family tours Switzerland for just ₹90,000? 11 days, 25 cities. Viral thread – Hindustan Times

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May 31, 2024 06:11 PM IST

The man claims that his family of four toured Switzerland in just ₹90,000.

An Indian man took to X and claimed that his family of four vacationed in 25 cities in Switzerland for 11 days for just 90,000. Yes, you read it right! The man’s post has since gone viral, with 3.4 million views on the microblogging platform.

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“No travel agency will take you to this route, but here’s how we travelled Switzerland with 25+ cities in 11 days, including 4 boat cruises for a total price of 90k for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids using the Swiss travel system,” wrote X user Mehul Shah.

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The father of two said that he got two adult Swiss Travel passes for 15 days, which he got for 45,000, and a family card free, giving free travel to children under 16 years.

Shah said that he chose Lausanne as his base city for three days. On day 2, he went to Gstaad, a resort “town for celebrities and alongside the cities of Zweisimmen and Saanen”.

He then shared a tip: “You can board a Panoramic Goldenpass train from Montreux which has a more scenic route. Reservation is optional, and mostly you will get a seat easily without reservation. So the Swiss Pass covers more than 10+ Panoramic trains as well.”

On day 3, he planned a “relaxing day” and went to the Olympic museum in Lausanne. The family also took a 2.5-hour cruise, which is free with Swiss Pass, and “walked along the lake towns of Montreux and Vevey along Lake Geneva.”

On day 4, the family changed the base to Mierengen where one can “get properties atalmost 1/3rd rates from main tourist areas like Interlaken or Lucerne”.

The same day, the family went on another boat cruise from Lake Brienz to Interlaken, which was free on Swiss Pass.

In the next few lines, he shared yet another tip: “SBB has a unique service to transfer luggage at 12 CHF per luggage from one town to another. Although costly, I would recommend using this as if we analyse our per day cost, which goes wasted while we checkout from one hotel, change city and check in at another hotel, here we you will have hands free while intercity travel so can visit many small towns in between by Hop on – Hop off any train.”

The family then opted for the less “touristy but much more beautiful mountain Mannlichen”.

Shah added, “The journey till Interlaken- Lauterbrunnen – Wengen even though Cogwheel train is covered by Swiss Pass We took Cable Car from Wengen to Mannlichen and then took a Gondola from Mannlichen to Grindelwald and the excursion was opened just today for Summer 2024. The total cost for family of 4 was just Rs. 7000 for two way ride.”

Mehul Shah and family took a train to Bern on day 6 of his trip. He expressed, “You cannot miss the Clock towers and the two main shopping streets of Kramgasse and Gerechtigkeitsgasse are in the center of the Old Town. The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site is lined with six kilometres of arcades that invite visitors to enjoy a special kind of shopping experience. You will find Trams running along the city which is again free with Swiss Pass.”

“This is like a Hidden Gem I am going to share! Take a Train to Luzern – 1 hour. Take a scenic Boat Cruise to Vitznau from Pier 1 – 1 hour. Board Europe’s Oldest Cogwheel railway to Mt Rigi – 40 min and behold!” X user @mehulshahca further wrote.

He added, “On May 21, 1871, Europe’s first mountain railway departed on its inaugural ascent from Vitznau to Rigi Staffelhöhe – a milestone in the history of Mount Rigi. Today, Mount Rigi and its cogwheel railways present itself as a unique mountain railway paradise and all this again included in Swiss Pass without a single penny extra.”

He also shared food options which one can explore: “Lausanne – Shanti – Indian. Gstaad – Mango – Indian. Bern – Tibis – Pure Vegan – Pay as per weight. Zermatt – Golden India – Indian. Mereingen – Hotel Sherlock Homes – Run by Indians Made Pure Jain food for us.”

“And as Gujaratis – Ghar ka Khana Thepla, Khichdi Locho, Home made Nachos. We bring vegetables from Coop or Migros and cook one time ( also helps to save cost ) or manage breakfast,” he further shared.

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