There are two great train journeys in Switzerland. One is the Glacier Express that runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz and the other one is the Bernina Express that runs from Chur/St. Moritz to the southern Italian city of Tirano. Like they say, from the glistening glaciers to the swaying palms since it starts from the Alps and winds its way far down below to the Italian border.
We boarded the Bernina Express in the dead of winter and were greeted with an all-white landscape throughout the journey as the train slowly picked its way through thick snowdrifts that mostly covered the railway tracks while negotiating 55 tunnels and 196 bridges. The whole route which has been declared a World Heritage Site because of its extraordinary scenery, is 122 kms. long and took about 4 hours from start to finish.
There is a certain beauty to the whole snowy landscape as mountains and meadows that are green and blooming with colorful flowers in summer, slide by your window in immaculate white interspersed only by the dark pine trees that are everywhere. Sitting snugly in our comfortable seats and warmed by our fleece jackets, we watched the whole scenery mostly in silence, wrapped-up in our own respective reveries….