Coldc, I will try to answer you questions with whatever limited knowledge i possess. - Route to Delhi is Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Pang - Leh. Try this http://www.royalenfield.com/app/IN/navigator/Delhi-Leh-Khardung.asp - There are two roads that leads to manali. First is Delhi to manali via Roopnagar. - Second is from Delhi to manali via Shimla. After shimla its pretty much a single highway. - Delhi to manali is about 500 kms. Two days should be enough time to reach there. Just one thing, dont try to cross any passes post 3-4pm. It gets scary up there. - Although i would prefer to avoid shimla but you should go through shimla. Its fun for first time. - Leave before 6 am and you wont find much traffic. Karol Bagh is about 20 kms from city limit. - There would be makeshift tents and other accomodation available along your route. Just enquire from guys where would be the next one before start your day in mountains. Sleeping bag can be a good idea. It gets pretty cold up there and you want it when it gets cold. - Oh well, advise is one thing you get for free in India :) I have lots but then you'd only do what you want to do. Only a word of caution, dont ride fast, you're hear to enjoy, ride slow and enjoy the beauty. Dont cover distance, try to cover the landscape. - Offer of saddle bags still stands (FREE) if they are not in use. I may be heading to leh myself in those days. Also, I dont drink - I can surely help you out in Karol Bagh but rental usually means you paying whole price of bike or "A xerox copy of your passport + your return ticket". They have a buy back options wherein they sell you the bike and agree to buy the bike at a certain price.