Breathtaking, majestic, beautiful…no adjectives are enough to describe the Niagara falls!
Last weekend, we visited the Niagara Falls for the first time. It was a much-awaited trip and I wish I had visited it sooner! I have had my fair share of traveling since I was a kid, but nothing and I will repeat, nothing beats the experience of the magical falls!
When I first saw them, I was totally mesmerized by the beauty of Mother Nature. It stands true to the words that it is one of the most beautiful wonders of the world.
We started with the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride where you are taken almost 20 stories down from an elevator to the boarding site of the boat tour.
Raincoats are handed to everyone because it takes you really close to the falls and the water comes splashing on everyone.
Honestly, more than clicking photos, I just wanted to savor every moment!! As the boat neared the falls, we started realizing its intensity. You could feel the joy everyone was experiencing.
Can I just say I have never ever seen a more beautiful rainbow before?
Looking at the mist from the falling water turning into a huge cloud-like formation was indeed surreal!
Next, we went to the ‘Cave of the Winds’. It’s a walkway which takes you really close to the falls where you can feel the rush of the waves and the wind.
The guy operating the elevator (taking us down to the Niagara River Gorge) told us that the walkway is torn down and re-built every year. This is because the ice forming during winter would pretty much destroy it; so starting from March to April, the crew builds it again for the next season. There was a 1-hour wait for it but it was totally worth it!!
You get to see hundreds of seagulls on your way and I stopped to click a few pictures.
The walkway is pretty slippery and there is a point called the ‘Hurricane Deck’ where you are just a few feet away from the falls. Be ready to get soaked in cold water from head to toe! It is the most awe-inspiring experience one could ever have. You realize the force and the massiveness of the falls and cannot stop but be wonderstruck by the beauty of it all. To be honest, I got a bit overwhelmed looking at it.
As the sun sets, the falls start looking prettier with the beautiful lights around it. Since it’s a popular tourist destination, there were hundreds of people there and I can only imagine what it would be like during long weekends. We viewed the Niagara from the American side and I hope to see it from the Canadian side some day.
To sum up my experience, this quote says it all –
“All trembling, I reached the Falls of Niagara, and oh, what a scene! My blood shudders still, although I am not a coward, at the grandeur of the Creator’s power; and I gazed motionless on this new display of the irresistible force of one of His elements.”
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Fun Facts: The Niagara Falls located on the border of Ontario, Canada and New York, USA are made up of 3 waterfalls – the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The 3 waterfalls combine to produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.