Kashmir and Ladakh in Northern India are far off the radar of most tourists. Some of the most beautiful areas are accessible only by harrowing mountain passes of 12-18,000 feet, and amenities are not readily available for modern travelers. The landscape of Ladakh has been described as "Death Valley meets Grand Canyon" and Kashmir as "India's version of Switzerland". Monasteries abound and indeed, one feels she has taken a step back in time. Some villages are nearly medieval in development.