Into Thin Air

my india encounters

The flight from Delhi to Leh is just at an hour, but it transports us to an entirely different world.  Almost like a dream, we rise through the cotton candy clouds,  and in as little time as it takes to choke down the less-than-desirable Indian sandwiches thrown our way by the flight attendants, we catch our first glimpse of the majestic, snow-capped Himalayan peaks poking through the clouds. I can barely contain my excitement!  I never imagined I would see this famous mountain range.  Yet, here I am!

Soon, barren mountains flank both sides of the plane and in minutes we squeeze between two of them for a surprisingly short descent into Leh.  As the world’s highest commercial airport at 3,500 meters (11,482 feet), we don’t need to lose much elevation to land.  Outside the window lies a brown, mountainous moonscape of silt, dust, and rocks, punctuated by a few…

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