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Schengen Visa from Switzerland | Detailed Guide to applying for Schengen Visa from Switzerland for Indians/Indian Passport Holders

Every year in summer, scores of Indians make their ultimate travel dreams come true by visiting Switzerland (alongwith some cities of Europe). One of the main preparations for a Switzerland or Europe trip is applying for a Schengen Visa for Indian Passport holders, which is also a main pre-requisite to travel to Europe. When me and the husband were preparing for our self- planned trip to Switzerland last summer, one of the most time-consuming process was for applying for Schengen Visa from Switzerland. We had to research a lot on the internet, ask our friends and colleagues who had previously gone on how to obtain a Schengen Visa for Indian Passport holders. I have written this post on Detailed guide to applying Schengen Visa for Indian Passport Holders from Switzerland, based on our experiences, collating all the information as well as practical issues faced (and how we resolved them). Read on:

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Things to do in Lucerne (Luzern) Switzerland | Day visit travel guide to Lucern in SWitzerland

Lucerne (or Luzern) is one of major cities in central Switzerland, popular with tourists all year round due to its charming landscape and heritage. We visited Lucerne on a day trip from Basel (Switzerland) on our 8 day self-planned trip to Switzerland. The pretty city with its beautiful lake, interesting heritage and friendly people made for an enjoyable day spent. Sharing my list of things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland :

[caption id="attachment_5699" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Lake Lucerne, Switzerland on a beautiful sunny day[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne | Travel guide to doing the Golden Round-trip Mount Pilatus in Switzerland

Mount Pilatus or Pilatus Massif is a group of mountain peaks in central Switzerland, overlooking the pretty & popular canton of Lucerne. One of the top attractions for visitors to Lucerne is the ‘Golden Round Trip’ to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne and back. As the name suggests, the ‘Golden round trip to Mount Pilatus’ is a round trip which takes travellers through some of the most charming swiss alpine landscapes via boat, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and Panorama Gondolas to the main peak of Mount Pilatus (which is Pilatus Kulm) and back.  On our 8 day self-planned trip through Switzerland, we planned to visit Lucerne and do the golden round trip along with the main attractions of the city. The Golden round trip to Mount Pilatus was definitely the highlight of our Lucerne visit and am sharing our experience as well as pro-tips here:

[caption id="attachment_5666" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Travellers on the boat ride to Alpnachstad on the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Basel in Switzerland | Switzerland self planned Holiday Diaries

Basel in Switzerland, located in north western part of Switzerland where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet, has a vibrant earthy vibe. Basel was our base city on the self planned trip to Switzerland, not out of choice but mostly because the husband’s work needed him to be there for couple of days. I did not know much about the city beforehand and it took me lots of research before planning the trip to Switzerland. Basel seemed to be quite a staid city from most of the accounts I read on the travel blogs & articles. However, Basel surprised me with this vibrant culture, heritage, rich repository of art & culture and its multiple layers. Spending our time in Basel during the Switzerland trip was one of the best decisions we took, as it also was economical than other more popular Swiss cities. Sharing my experience of Basel in Switzerland.

[caption id="attachment_5450" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Basel, as seen from the banks of River Rhine which splits the city in half.[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Visiting Thun town in Switzerland | Switzerland self-planned summer Holiday diaries

Thun is a pretty town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. The town of Thun is habited in the region where River Aare flows out to Lake Thun. We went on a day visit to Thun on our first day of the 7 day self-planned Switzerland summer holiday and were charmed by the quaint town’s heritage as well as natural beauty, owing to its location.

[caption id="attachment_5393" align="aligncenter" width="300"] River Aare flowing by Thun town[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Bern in Switzerland | A Day visit to Capital of Switzerland and UNESCO heritage city of Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland and also an UNESCO World heritage site. We visited the charming medieval city of Bern on our first day of our 7 day self planned summer holiday in Switzerland and it was an enriching experience, as also an enjoyable one.

[caption id="attachment_5382" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Bern - the historic city of many fountains[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Switzerland Summer Vacation | Travel Diaries of a Summer Holiday in Switzerland

Switzerland ~ the name invokes images of green meadows, swiss cows grazing as their bells gently ring in the breeze, pretty wooden chalets, alpine mountains covered with snow  and of perfect cerulean skies. For many Indians, thanks to iconic director ‘Yash Raj’ films, Switzerland was the definitive romantic getaway; many of his films’ romantic songs & sequences have been filmed in this country. So, a prospect of a summer vacation in Europe and that too in Switzerland has to be the ultimate travel dream comes true. However, I was in two minds, since it was summer and peak season for the ‘Indian Tourists’ to descend on Switzerland in package tours hordes, I actually thought it might turn out to be a disappointing experience. The husband had a work tour and convinced me that since we will be based out of non-touristy city Basel and also will be on a self-planned holiday, it will be a nice experience. So, it was with lot of anxiety as well as excitement that we headed for our self-planned Switzerland Summer Vacation.

[caption id="attachment_5369" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Jungfrau - Top of Europe, Switzerland[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar

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