Me and some friends are planning a trip to India and go to Leh from New Delhi by road later this year and I have a few questions : Which road to Leh is less busy (during summer), via Srinagar or via Manali? Do both routes have places to eat and hotels en-route if we decide to stay over night somewhere in between to break our journey? Are tourists allowed to go via Srinagar and come back via Manali or vice versa? I believe there is some record keeping done by Army on both the routes hence the question. Although we are planning to go on motor bikes but if we decided to hire SUVs and took our own tents, are we allowed to pitch tents on either of those routes and also at Leh near the lakes? Is it possible to send motor bikes from Leh to Delhi should we decide to take a flight back to Delhi on our way back? Is it advisable to be out on the roads at night on our way to Leh and also for sight seeing in case we want to stay upto 7-8ish at one of the lakes? What is the crime situation like at Leh and enroute? Is it safe for tourists especially when we would all be from Pakistan? I have been to India before but never been up north.