Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sydney To Leh (1st September to 4th September)

With the long trip to Leh ahead which included 5 flights, all started fairly smoothly …. 4 flights in, a fairly ordinary hotel in Delhi, and a very early morning and we were at the airport again to catch the last of the 5 flights, that being Delhi to Leh. After 2.5 hours of sitting on the tarmac with constant weather updates, our pilot despondently informed us all that we wouldn’t be traveling to Leh due to low clouds. Apparently the pilot needs to be able to see in order to land…go figure…

We initially thought it would be a good idea to stay in the airport for the next 24 hours, however sanity prevailed and we called our good friend Abhay to come to our rescue! Turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we spent the day chatting with cold beer and kebabs, while witnessing the onslaught of a Delhi monsoon.

Another 3am morning in preparation for our 2nd attempt to get to Leh and all turned out well. The plane ride into Leh is absolutely spectacular with massive mountains protruding out of the clouds. Leh itself is beautiful, (even if all the shops were shut due to a strike!). Time to relax now in our friendly, picturesque guest house and think about the days ahead…..chai time :)

Games Scores!
Scrabble: Sheena 3, Simon 0
Squabble: Sheena 2, Simon 0


The view of the Himalayas from the plane

At Oriental Guesthouse in Leh

Oriental Guesthouse

Shanti Stupa

Leh with Stok Kangri in the background

The view from Shanti Stupa

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