ALASKA – Land Of Heavenly Beauty
As I had traveled to a lot of scenic destinations like Canadian Rockies and New Zealand, I thought that Alaska will also quite similar. But No, it is absolutely gorgeous and has its own beauty. You cannot compare it with any other destinations. Alaska offers you ultimate natural beauty, wildlife, marine life encounters, deep thick glaciers, beautiful land scapes and a great weather from June to September. The icing on the cake is the attitude of the people there. Alaskans are very warm, fun loving and hardworking people.
My Alaska trip started with an amazing 6 hours cruise to the very famous prince William sound from Whittier where one can see lots of Glaciers. While on cruise I spotted wildlife and birds like the bald eagles, seals & dolphins. But what had stunned me was the Surprise Glacier. And all on board the cruise could see the falling glaciers. The glaciers in the College and Harriman Fjords are worth a visit. In fact it’s a not to miss tour.
Next I went for the National Park tour of the Kenai fjords from Seward. Seward is a very tiny scenic town of Alaska. It is a gateway to the Alaska land when you are coming from Alaska 7 nights cruise. I was very lucky to spot amazing wildlife like the sea lions, Sea Otters and killer whales or Orca. We had an awesome encounter with humpback whale. She was in a very good mood and would swung and dive in the open waters in front of our cruise. We could see her just some feet away from us diving and playing for about half an hour. This is going to be a life time and the most memorable experience for me. Also, very scenic journey throughout the day, with dense spruce trees and Glaciers.
I had headed for Denali national park via Talkeetna. Journey till taleetna is about 3.5 hours. According to the local guides and drivers, we were very lucky, as out all the people travelling to Alaska throughout the year, only 30% lucky people could see the Mt. Mc Kinley on a clear day. What beauty it is !!!! From Talkeetna I hoped on a scenic Rail journey to Denali national park. The Dome Class service of the Wilderness Express Train is worth taking. The service, the food, the scenery everything wonderful. The wide landscapes which you can just fill in your eyes and save it for lifetime.
Denali national park has so many activities to offer. You can chose from Water Rafting, Dog Sledding, Dog Mushing, Flight Seeing, Glacier Landing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking or just relax with a cup of coffee in you amazing lodges which are built in the lap of nature.
Anchorage which is like a commercial capital of Alaska sits on the terminus of the cook inlet. Surrounded by mountains on one side, the city is very lively, gives a chance for good shopping and great souvenirs. History lovers would find interest in the most famous Alaska Native Heritage Museum. I went for the Aurora Show which gave a glimpse on the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Be prepared to stay with a rustic feel when in Denali National Park. Food will be more of American style but yes, Vegetarian is easily available. For sure Alaska is a place with undefined natural beauty, lots of activities, abundant wildlife and nice local people. I would recommend it to people of all ages to take a vacation in Alaska.