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Old May 27th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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visitors to the Berner Oberland

Hi Everyone,
We, myself, my DH, son and his fiance, are in Lauterbrunnen at the moment and I have a question regarding visitors to this area. I am hesitant to post because I do not want anyone to think I am racist, because I am far from it, but I am curious.

Last time we visited the Berner Oberland, in August 2009, there was a mix of different nationalities visiting the area. This time there is an abundance of Indian families visiting the area. My husband, son and I estimate that there are approximately 50 Indian visitors for every one non-Indian visitor. And that is not an exaggeration. I feel as though I am visiting India at the moment. At the Jungfrau yesterday there is even a brand new Bollywood restaurant.

It's just a curious observation and all of us wondered if anyone has an idea as to why this area has so many Indian visitors right now: is it vacation time in India right now? Is the exchange rate phenomenal? But why this area in particular? We were in Rome and Venice last week and just saw a lot of different nationalities everywhere we went.

By, the way, the wildflowers are gorgeous right now and the waterfalls are unbelievable...just beautiful. Off to Austria tomorrow.

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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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Because some famous Bollywood movies were filmed in the BO. There's a bridge in Saanen, for example, that means to some Indians what the Mirabell Gardens and that little gazebo in the Sound of Music meant to Americans in the 1960s.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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May also have something to do with seeing a place that is so differnt from home.

And if it's like the Sound of Music you can be sure there are a ton of tour companies promoting the hell out of it.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:20 AM
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I've often wondered the same thing Michele.

You might find this article enlightening:

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/...ravellers.html
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:52 AM
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Another reason is that very few European tourists are in the Alps at the moment because it is a poor time for hiking. Indians don't care about that, it seems, and travel at the (for Europeans) oddest times.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:52 AM
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/wo...wiss.html?_r=1

http://ww.smashits.com/bollywood-s-l...ssip-1681.html

“There’s a major link between [Indian] movies and the number of tourists that come to Switzerland,” Federico Sommaruga, director of emerging markets and special projects at Switzerland Tourism.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/...l?cid=32071506
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Old May 28th, 2012, 01:30 AM
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I love to hike in Switzerland at the oddest times. Fewer tourists, peace and quiet, fewer tourists, empty trails, fewer tourists...bliss. A little mud never hurt anyone.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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The movie made there makes a lot of sense. Just wondering. Thanks for the insight.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 12:11 AM
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And it's also big vacation time in India from middle of March to end of June. During this time most Indians travel farer away.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 03:19 PM
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If you took the train to the Jungfraujoch, did you need to make advance reservations?

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Old May 31st, 2012, 03:19 PM
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If you took the train to the Jungfraujoch, did you need to make advance reservations?

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Old Jun 1st, 2012, 09:22 AM
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I don't know how new the Indian restaurant at the top of the Jungfrau is, unless they remodeled recently. There was one there when I visited in 2003 although I don't know that it had a specific Bollywood theme.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2012, 09:18 AM
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Hi darnestown,
No we didn't make reservations. Just bought tickets that morning. The problem with pre-purchasing them is that if you wake up in the morning and the mountain is really clouded over you will not have good views that day, while if you can wait and choose which day you want to go up, while you are there, you have a better chance of great views.
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