This summer's holiday have been decided, and it is Leh, a place where many people plan to go but hardly get a chance. It is, of course, a once in a lifetime trip which is going to happen, as it is not easy going to a place so far away, and the important thing is that I need to know everything about the trip as even the smallest of details will help this trip become perfect without any problems. I will be self-driving my car, with my family which is my wife, two sons aged ten years old and daughter who is eight years old. I have read that the road can be a tricky one to drive on with the curves, and the road conditions which may cause obstructions which I would need some advice about. As mentioned before this will be my first trip to Leh and will be going beyond Manali for the first time too, so I will need help with even the stopovers and places where I will need to fuel my car and even places we should stop to eat. It would be great to get feedback from people who have driven to Leh themselves as well as those who know about the trip in general. My preferred route to take would be via Manali, so please answer questions taking into mind that I am asking about the Manali route. 1. What is the total distance between Delhi and Leh? 2. How long will it take to cover this distance? 3. Which route is better via Manali or via Srinagar (I have read a lot of people take the Manali route)? 4. What is the distance from Manali to Leh? 5. At which places and petrol pumps should I get my car full? 6. After Manali what are some good places to stop and get some food? 7. Which places should there be a stopover at night after Manali? 8. Apart from the general things what are the essential and important things we should take along with us? 9. Are there any mechanics on both of the routes, in case anything goes wrong with the car? 10. Is it true that one should take at least 24 hours rest before going sightseeing in Leh? 11. I have been reading that the heating should not be turned on in the car as it would decrease the amount of oxygen which is not okay especially when travelling towards Leh, is this correct? 12. If we stop at Manali overnight, what time should we leave the next day?