BANFF NATIONAL PARK – A TRIP TO THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

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Banff National Park is one of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the world. Full of beautiful pristine lakes and glaciers, you will not regret this trip!

” I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher

That, right there is the essence of what my life is about.

Till about a few years back, my life was complete. Or so I thought. I was so content with whatever I had that it never occurred to me that there is a life outside my ‘routine’, outside my books and outside my music. I believed I live in the most happening city of my country and I was really happy. Blessed with great friends, I went out often for exploring new restaurants and shopping sprees in my city. That was my ‘fun’ zone. Each year, during the summer vacations, my papa would take all of us to a nearby hill-station, namely Mussoorie or Shimla or Nainital or Manali. Suffice to say, my father is to be given the credit for instilling in me the value of travelling.

Each trip used to be well planned, we used to stay in nice comfortable hotels and did all kinds of touristy things. At least, in the initial few years. But soon I realised that I am not really fond of crowded places. I like the solitude when I am in the midst of nature. I remember trying to find a quiet nook wherever we went. Sitting by the window and listening to the sound of the river Beas in Manali is one of my favorite memories.

And this passion for travel was put in full bloom when I got married. I found my knight in travelling pants! And really tall pants, at that!

Recently, we went to Canada. My husband had some official work in Calgary and off course, we made it into a vacation.

We were there for about 7 days in total, out of which we spent 2 days in BANFF NATIONAL PARK, the reason for this post.

Banff National Park is about a 1 and a half hour drive from Calgary and believe me, this drive is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever been on. Snow capped peaks, glistening glaciers and mind blowing vista points – that’s what you get on this road trip! Banff is in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. And these mountains were unlike any other mountains I had seen. They were so near – if that makes any sense!

As per National Geographic, Banff is a part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Heritage Site. There are more than a thousand glaciers and beautiful glacier-fed lakes such as Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Lake Bow and Lake Peyto. Believe me, these are some of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.

The color of the water in these lakes is unbelievable! Green on some days and turquoise on others. Whichever color, it will astonish you each time you look at it. Clear water. You would even be able to see the lake bed. That’s how clear the water is.

We just drove around the park, stopping by the lakes and clicking pictures. The next day we went to the Columbia Icefield Athabasca Glacier. Another must visit point.

ATHABASCA glacier is located in the Jasper National Park. The ice is about 100 ft thick and is a sight to eyes!

We got to go the skywalk and click pictures of the valley and the majestic mountains.

Here are a few pictures of Banff National Park

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In the end I would just say that I am extremely lucky to have been able to visit such a beautiful World Heritage Site.

Have you visited any such beautiful place? What are your favorite travel memories?

Please share with us in the comments down below.

Till next time,

XO, Sakshi!

 

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