I awoke at 2:30 this morning to catch a 5:00 a.m. flight from Delhi to Leh. Still felling quite ill, it took a good bit of effort to actually get on board the plane. Fortunately, the flight was just over an hour long and the views from the window were incredible! Snow covered mountains and glaciers extended as far as the eye could see! For about half the flight, we were barely hovering over the towering peaks of the Himalayan range, the rooftop of the world!
Coming in to land was probably the most fantastic airplane journey I have ever taken. The plane wound it's way in and around the mountains so it felt as if we were flying through a series of giant canyons. As we made turns barely missing the lower mountain tops you could look out the window and see ridge lines still soaring high above.
We touched down in Leh, elevation 11,000 feet and were greeted with mountain views and rich blue skies. It was quite a change from the polluted and overcast weather in Delhi. It looks like it is going to be an incredible place to explore and I can't wait to get started. I only hope this damn stomach problem doesn't hinder me along the way!