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Christopher Wheeler | profile | all galleries >> Rahil Aggarwal-Wheeler >> 2008 >> September 2008 >> Rahil's First Trip To Ladakh >> Day One tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Day One

September 10, 2008.

Flew Kingfisher airlines from Delhi to Leh, surely one of the planet's more spectacular flights. Rahil slept most of the way, probably because we took off at 5:50 a.m., which meant we had to leave the house at 4:30 a.m. It was Rahil's first trip to Ladakh. The airport, at the bottom of the valley, is 3505 meters (11,500 ft.) above sea level.

Rahil spent the day drinking lots of water and resting. He encountered a cow, the first of many. It would be fair to say he sought them out.

As usual, we stayed at the now-iconic Oriental Guest House ( http://www.orientalguesthouse.com ).
Sunrise flight from Delhi to Leh.
Sunrise flight from Delhi to Leh.
Rahil slept through most of the flight.
Rahil slept through most of the flight.
The Oriental Guest House.
The Oriental Guest House.
A little shell-shocked.
A little shell-shocked.
Walking around a bit with Dad.
Walking around a bit with Dad.
The first cow Rahil met.
The first cow Rahil met.
Not too close!
Not too close!
Running to find more cows.
Running to find more cows.
Typical Leh fields.
Typical Leh fields.