Niagara - How to see its beauty...
Agree that beauty is in mind, but sometimes how you see the physical beauty, especially the beauty of nature, makes a big difference in how you internalize it, how you perceive it.
Every one knows Niagara Falls... and all kinds of information is available online about its origin, its facts, numbers- about where the water comes, how much water falls every second, where it goes and many other things.
So, I am going to take a different route and different take on Niagara Falls.
You all must have heard that the best view of Niagara Falls is from Canadian side - it is true, but there is more to it and I am going to talk about different ways to enjoy the Niagara Falls.
Whenever you feel beauty - in the rising sun, in the stars, in the flowers, in the falls or in the face of a woman or a man - wherever and whenever you feel beauty, watch. And one thing will always be found: you had functioned without the mind, you had functioned without any conclusion, you had simply functioned spontaneously. The moment gripped you, and the moment gripped you so deeply that you were cut off from the past.
And when you are cut off from the past you are cut off from the future automatically because past and future are two aspects of the same coin; they are not separate, and they are not separable either.
And there are many ways to reach this point of "No Past and No Future" at the Niagara Falls.
First thing First - If at all possible, make sure that you are able to enter both countries - meaning - you have a valid visa/legal status to cross the border either way. As the beauty of Niagara will be appreciated more when you see it from both the sides.
Now, let us start from the American side.
You basically enter the Niagara Falls state park. The parking is next to it. It costs $ 10 - flat rate, regardless of the time you are in. I recommend you park there, as it is literally next to the falls.
Niagara Falls - made up of 2 falls. The American Fall and Horseshoe Fall.
Once you are in, you can Walk all the way up to the falls and the Niagara River. It does not cost anything.
Same way, you can cross the Rainbow bridge that connects USA and Canada to go to the Canadian side. Here parking is difficult to find, but there are places where you can park for 30 minutes for $ 5 on the opposite side of the road.
Here you can walk up and down the road having a magnificent view of the falls.
If you want to go DOWN to the falls, then it costs money and there are few options :
1. Boat ride to the falls :
On American side it is called "Maid of the mist" and on the Canadian side, it is called - "Hornblower". It is a 30 minutes ride all the way up to the falls. You get very close to the falls, close enough that the water will be bouncing on you and you will be covered in the mist. It is a very poetic experience.
It cost US $ 19.25 for Maid of the Mist and Canadian $ 25.95 for the Hornblower- per person.
2. Cave of the winds :
ON US side, After taking an elevator 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge, you'll be able to roam a series of wooden walkways that put you within feet of the Bridal Veil Falls. It's called the Hurricane Deck. Even with the souvenir poncho and shoes, you'll likely get wet.
You will be amazed at how close they could get to the falls and loved being able to witness the powerful rush of water up close.
It costs US $ 17 per person
3. The Journey Behind the Falls :
On the Canadian side, In the Journey Behind the Falls, you'll be able to stand directly behind the roaring sheet of water and get a literal behind-the-scenes peek at this magnificent natural attraction.
The tour begins with an elevator ride to an observation deck where you can take in the view of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Niagara River. From there, follow the caverns and enjoy the roaring curtain of the falls from a different perspective. However, be prepared for crowds – Journey Behind the Falls is one of the most popular ways to see the falls, so you may find that the tunnels are rather cramped.
DO take Journey Behind the Falls, even if you've already gone on a Maid of the Mist tour, as this attraction offers yet another interesting perspective of the falls.
It costs Canadian $ 13.15 per person.
4. Mist River Zipline to the falls :
On the Canadian Side, The MistRider Zipline to the Falls at Grand View Marketplace takes you on a breathtaking ride into the gorge, towards the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
You’ll travel down 670 meters (2,200 feet), soaring past the American Falls and landing atop the falls observation deck at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
It costs Canadian $ 59.99 per person
5. Helicopter Ride :
You can also take Helicopter ride all the way to falls.
It costs Canadian $ 145
6. Niagara Sky Wheels :
For yet another view of the falls, head to Clifton Hill, a tourist district on the Ontario, Canada, side of the falls filled with family-friendly attractions. This is where you'll find the Niagara SkyWheel. Billed as Canada's largest observation wheel, the Niagara SkyWheel offers climate-controlled gondolas that rotate 175 feet above the falls.
From the SkyWheel, you'll be afforded views of the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara River, and other local landmarks.
Rides last between 8 and 12 minutes. It costs Canadian $ 11.99 per person.
7. Hotel Room :
Next thing - if your budget permits, stay at one of the hotels lining road next to the falls on the Canadian side and get the room on as high as possible. Make sure you get Falls view room.
This way you will get spectacular views of Falls during the day and night also.
8. Restaurant :
You can have a nice dinner at the top of the Skylon tower on the Canadian side and have a mind-blowing view of the falls.
See this wonder of the world from all angles and all perspectives - this will create an ongoing sense of wonder in you...
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