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india Updated: Apr 21, 2010 01:21 IST

I am planning a road trip to Leh during the first week of June from Delhi via Manali. How much time does it take to travel from Manali to Leh? Do we need to stop over for the night? Please suggest appropriate places to stop at and the accommodation available there. In Leh, where can I stay within 1-2 km of Thew Market or Chengspa? Is there any specific medication that we must carry, going by what previous travellers have advised?
— Alok
Hello Alok. First of all, the whole point of driving down to Leh by road is to enjoy the panoramic valley views and mountainscapes of the journey. If you complete the 475 km Manali-Leh Road within a day you won’t get a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty. You may as well go by flight.
Second, a road journey if taken slow and steady (2.5-3 days), will help you get acclimatised to the altitude so you can enjoy Leh even better.
The best place to stay in Leh is near the old market on Old Leh Road. This gives you easy access to pretty much everything. In terms of medication, carry some glucose and electral. Drink ample water on the journey as it only helps speed up the process of acclimatisation.

Please tell me whether I should club Kausani or Corbett along with a trip to Nainital. I will be travelling from Delhi, so please base your suggestion keeping in mind the distance, places to see and accommodation at the halts.
— Vandana
Corbett and Kausani are almost equidistant from Nainital. Both these places are well connected to Nainital as well. Corbett is famous for its wildlife and not as much for its scenic beauty, while Kausani has some breathtaking views of the Himalayas. During these summer months, Corbett would be quite hot but chances of spotting tigers could be slightly more.
Kausani on the other hand, would be very pleasant. Now, your choice depends on what you like more: wildlife or scenic beauty. You can also visit Sattal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and other such places while in Nainital. These lakes can be covered from Nainital on a day-trip.