Niagara Falls: A Mesmerizing Natural Wonder

Niagara Falls is the world’s second largest waterfall, first being the Victoria falls in South Africa. It is situated at the borders of US and Canada; and inhabits the states of New York in the US and Ontario in Canada. It is categorically divided into three falls; American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian/Horseshoe Falls. US side of falls can be visited both by car and by plane (depending upon the distance), and the Canadian Falls can be visited from the US by crossing the bridge that connects US and Canada in the region. However, non-US citizens need a Canadian visa to cross the bridge. The months of June, July and August are the best times to visit the falls. During these months fall is at its peak. It’s mesmerizing beauty attracts around 12 million tourists from all over the world every year. It is also one of the most desirable places to get married. Besides admiring the falls, there are other attractions and thrilling activities, like Cave of the Winds tour, Mist boat ride, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and Aquarium etc.

Ever since I was a kid, I had always read a lot about Niagara Falls, and wanted to visit it at least once. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to explore this nature’s wonder in July 2007. We drove down to Niagara from Cleveland OH. We left at 7 am and reached Niagara at 11 am. After parking our car in the parking lot and just walking down for few minutes, I could hear loud sounds of falling water and see mist spread all around. A little further, I saw a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls. It was all glistening in the sunshine and there were rainbows all around. The combination of fall, mist and sun generates number of rainbows all the time. After spending an hour over there, we moved on and bought ticket package which included entry for other attractions and activities at the Niagara Falls. We then went to an amazingly created wooden deck to feel the wonderful fall. This is the cave of the wind tour, which is getting personal with the Niagara Falls by taking a short walk to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls. With the ticket package we were given rain coats and sleepers, to prevent us from getting wet. After reaching the wooden deck, which is below the Fall, I could feel water all over me. It has such intense pressure that you cannot stand for more than few seconds and is really a fun filled adventurous activity. As the intensity of water pressure is enormously large, people with heart diseases are not allowed to go under the fall. A fact about this deck is that it is built every year before the season starts, as it gets damaged due to immense snowfall in the region every year. With this wonderful activity I encountered the power of such vigorous falls.