Chamonix is a captivating town in France next to the Swiss border, nestled near the Mont Blanc–the highest mountain in the Alps. Scroll down to immerse in a breathtaking visual journey. Text and photographs by Vrinda Jaiswal
Chamonix has a variety of small unique boutiques selling handcrafted souvenirs. The town is surrounded by the majestic French Alps and is usually host to a large number of tourists looking to ski.
Even with the current situation, the town is thriving with people coming to enjoy the beautifully lit town at night or the picturesque nature, nearby. At Le Tour, a spot near Chamonix, even though the option of skiing is currently closed to most, there remains the experience of hiking wearing snow-shoes. The friendly guides take you up to stunning points, through the woods and high enough to be able to spot the local glacier, The Glacier de Bossons.
The Mont Blanc Express is the train system that operates through the valley, providing comfortable and stunning journeys. It offers glimpses of small towns and spectacular stretches of evergreen forests that run between each station. One of the last stops is in Martigny, a small village in Switzerland. Martigny is a reclusive, peaceful spot, quiet and free of distractions. Large stretches of untouched snow are everywhere, creating a sense of pure tranquillity.
Another way to explore the French Alps would be by car, a comfortable and scenic option. Small, magical spots line the drive to any town. Notably, on the drive to Annecy, there are numerous spots for a stopover.
One can spot the traditional French chalets throughout. The outskirts of Clusaz town offer a spectacular view of the mountains with occasional sightings of husky carriages, moving at astonishing speed. Annecy is a larger town in south-eastern France, with a stunning lake and a captivating old town.