An Indian pilgrimage to Niagara Falls USA

As our United flight landed in Buffalo at 1400 hours and the Best Western Van rolled in to pick us up, I glanced at my watch and reminded the family that this was the tightest project we had undertaken on this world trip. “No worries master planner, we are in safe hands”, quipped Meha; inflating my ego a thousand times. We had one hour to drop our bags at the hotel, grab a bite, pick up the rental car, drive to Niagara Falls an hour away, do multiple day time activities, see the falls during the lights too, and return. Then get up next morning for a day trip to Rock N Roll Museum at Cleveland. PHEW !

Hertz rental was kind enough to pick us up at the hotel. Paper work quickly done and we were upgraded to the next car category – I immediately wished we had been upgraded for our longer trips – this was only 1 day ! Never mind, we were on our way and reached Niagara by 6 pm, with plenty of day light still left. Prior planning had revealed that a nearby Casino would be a good FREE parking spot (ssshh!). All went to plan and a short walk later the first gorgeous views of the falls emerged.

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Pilgrimage is coming true – the first view of the Niagara Falls !

If you ask an Indian tourist about their USA bucket list, Niagara falls would emerge on the top. Huge number of Indians at the falls was a testimonial to this fact, and we gleefully joined them in the pilgrimage !

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We started taking countless pictures as if there is no tomorrow

Maid of the Mist is a popular boat tour which takes you near the falls in style. The last departure was approaching and we quickly got our tickets along with the blue rain ponchos.

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Yes I am going near the falls, care to join me ?

We were on the way and lady luck emerged presenting a beautiful rainbow over the American Falls and were already drenched !

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The first views of the American falls from the boat
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Unforgettable !
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Meha and I quickly joined the party !

Past the American and Bridal Veil falls, we are now approaching the biggest of the 3 falls – the Horseshoe falls on the Canadian side. It was a breathtaking sight.

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Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side – spectacular !
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By this time, all tourists are running for cover !!
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Before you know, the boat has turned back and it’s all over ! Last views of the mighty Horseshoe falls
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As we leave the boat, we take more pictures as if there is no tomorrow !

Pumped up by our first successful Niagara adventure, we made our way to our second and last adventure called Cave of the Winds, which is more exciting than Maid of the Mist.

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As we walk towards Cave of the Winds, the top view of the beautiful Bridal Veil falls (the second falls on the American side) emerge.

Cave Of The Winds, a walk close to the Bridal Veil falls, is the ONLY (official) way to get VERY VERY close to the falls and stay as long as you want. We quickly signed up and donned our yellow ponchos and water shoes (included in the price).

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Parted with our dollars, we are ready to go !
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Last dry picture before the water hits you !

Here is how you feel during the walk. You are soaked to the bone but boy it is fun !

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Errr… shall I go ahead and get soaked ? That looks torrential !
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So we go near the fall and this is the result. You can not stand beneath the fall beyond a few seconds- it is SO ferocious !
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Daddy is asking me to leave but I am having a ball !
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Bye Bye Niagara Falls
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Ok, one more before we leave
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What just hit me?
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Well Papa & Mama read it. I am happy posing !

I am deeply satisfied the project is going to schedule. We are done with day time activities and it’s already 9 pm. Niagara Falls under lights is a sight to behold – arguably more beautiful than day time.

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Amazing view at 9:30 pm
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Can you spot two lovely moons in this ?
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Lovely Canadian side as seen from the American side
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I was spellbound – this is my favorite night picture
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It’s 10 pm. The party is over. Where is my pasta ?

So good old McDonald’s came to our rescue at 11 pm. Hundreds of unnecessary calories later, we are satisfied and hit the sack. Tomorrow is a big Cleveland day – Republican convention coinciding with Rock N Roll Hall of fame ! See you soon in the next Rock N Roll blog.