Next Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount TitlisParupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition badminton game on Mount Titlis.advertisement Ateet Sharma EngelbergApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 16:48 IST Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth played badminton on Titlis (Sai Praneeth Instagram Photo)Ever imagined what it would be like to play a badminton match on the Swiss Alps, that too in freezing temperatures? Ask Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth who were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition game on Mount Titlis, at a height of 10,000 feet, recently.The duo, in Switzerland for the Swiss Open Badminton Championship, though weren’t the original choice for the event held to kick-start preparations for the BWF Badminton World Championships scheduled to be held at St Jakobshalle in Basel this August. It was Kashyap’s wife and star Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal who was to travel from the All England Open Championships in Birmingham to participate in this showpiece event, a first in many ways. However, she flew to India after suffering from acute stomach pain’, later diagnosed as acute gastroenteritis.So, here were Kashyap and Praneeth, holding their breath for an edge-of-the-seat experience as their chopper took off from Basel for a 20-minute ride to Engelberg, a small village which also acts as the base for the cable car ride to Titlis. Upon landing, they found themselves surrounded by snow on all sides.”This is unbelievable. It is really beautiful,” Kashyap told India Today as he and Praneeth went on a selfie-taking spree.I miss @nehwalsaina! This is what Parupalli Kashyap has to say on top of @EngelbergTitlis! @parupallik #InLoveWithSwitzerland #TitlisEngelberg pic.twitter.com/eRe7vWPtwjSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019″It was my first time in a helicopter and that too we flew over the Alps. I can’t really describe the feeling,” exclaimed Praneeth.advertisementFrederic Fussenich, the Director of Engelberg-Titlis Tourism, welcomed the Indian players while his team handed over the snow boots and jackets to the Hyderabad duo.”I think Mount Titlis should be on the bucket list of every Indian. They should come here at least once in their life time, most of them do. You have to experience the snow, the glacier caves, go over the high suspension bridge and get the whole feeling of being on the mountain of love as it is called,” said Fussenich.And they create history @parupallik & @saiprneeth92 play the first ever badminton game on top of titlis! We wish you could make it too…@NSaina @EngelbergTitlis pic.twitter.com/JwfsDfg5XoSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019Once on Titlis Rotair, the world’s first 360 degree revolving cable car, it was time for Kashyap to make a video call to Saina back home. The view of snow-covered peaks had completely bowled over the Indian players.”We have seen something like this only in Telgu and Bollywood movies. In fact, I was just telling Praneeth that how can our heroines do song sequences in this kind of snow wearing a saree! This view is breathtaking. I am missing Saina so much. She just told me over phone how much she’s missing this unique experience,” said Kashyap who got married to the champion shuttler last December.A makeshift badminton court was ready for the mixed-doubles exhibition game on the terrace of Mount Titlis which also featured Sabrina Jacques, Switzerland’s No. 1 women’s singles player and para-athlete Karin Suter.Playing badminton at 10,000 feet, in sub-zero temperature and amidst high winds was impossible. However, the players didn’t disappoint a sizeable crowd, consisting of many Indians, with some hard-worked rallies and smashes.”The idea behind the event was to promote the 2019 World Championships which will be held from August 19 to 25 in Basel. When people talk about Switzerland and Basel, they normally think about mountains so we thought that it will be quite nice to do an event at Mount Titlis,” said Robert de Kock, President, Swiss Badminton who is also a BWF Council member.Both Kashyap and Praneeth will also participate in the 25th edition of the World Championships at Basel where 500 athletes from over 50 countries will be seen in action.”Since Mount Titlis is covered in snow throughout the year, maybe I will bring Saina here. She should definitely see this,” Kashyap said as went for a cliff walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, just a few hundred meters away from the peak of Mount Titlis.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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