I am from Rajasthan and will be going to Manali with another family. The trip has all been planned with a detailed itinerary and stopovers which would be made from Rajasthan. Seeing that I would have come so far I am quite eager to go to Leh from there, as it is not every day that I would be in Himachal Pradesh and or even near J&K. I have only every heard or read about Leh and just seen the pictures which are purely mesmerising and I would love to be there in person and experience the beauty of the place. The Manali-Leh to highway is a much talked about topic and I have been told by others that if I wish to go on a road trip from Manali to Leh then it should be well planned. It is why I have joined the forum so that I can get some answers to questions I have about my Manali to Leh trip and I can plan my trip accordingly with the best knowledge and information given from the forum members. Each of my queries has been put into question forum, so it is easy for me and for you to answer. So here we go: 1. When is the best time to visit Leh? 2. When is the best time to go on the Manali - Leh highway? 3. How long will the journey from Manali to Leh take? 4. Should any stop overs be made from Manali to Leh? If yes then where do you suggest we stop at? 5. Are there any places to see on the road trip? 6. Do you suggest we stop and see these places on our way to Leh or on our way back to Manali? 7. At what places would I find a petrol pump on the Manali - Leh highway? 8. At what petrol pumps do you recommend filling up my car? I believe that there is a point at where you won't find a petrol pump after some 300km. 9. What road map should be used for the Manali to Leh road trip? 10. What things should be carried on the Manali to Leh road trip? 11. What if my car breaks down, then what? 12. What should be done about AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? 13. Is there any point during the journey where we would not find any place to eat or drink for a long stretch? 14. How many days do you recommend we should stay in Leh?