Ladkah - The Roof of the World

Escape to the Roofs of the World – Explore the High Caucasus & Himalayas

Uplifting destinations in the Indian subcontinent & the Caucasus

From the towering Himalaya to the High Caucasus, some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes are waiting to be explored.

From the towering Himalaya to the High Caucasus, some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes are waiting to be explored.

An expression first used to describe the Pamir Mountains, ’Roof of the World’ characterises the spectacular landscapes that radiate from the Central Asian Pamirs. At one end of the Pamirs are the Himalaya, the highest mountain range in the world. At the other end, at the intersection of Europe and Asia and sandwiched between the Caspian and Black Seas, are the Caucasus Mountains.

From India and Bhutan to Georgia and Armenia, we introduce you to a collection of private journeys that have one thing in common – they will take you to some incredible destinations where the landscapes seemingly are a bridge between Earth and the sky.

Georgia & The High Caucasus

Georgia and the High Cacuasus tailor made holiday
Stone towers in Ushguli, Georgia

Providing an impressive backdrop to Georgia’s verdant alpine valleys, the peaks of the Caucasus rise to over 5,000 metres. In the shadow of these mighty mountains lies Svaneti, one of the country’s most culturally fascinating regions. Here, the pristine mountainscape is characterised by bucolic flower-filled meadows, clear rushing streams, and rustic villages bristling with medieval towers (known as koshki). The horizon is topped by massive monoliths of stone that include Mount Ushba – a stunning craggy peak often referred to as the Matterhorn of the Caucasus.

Our Georgia & The High Caucasus holiday showcases some of Eurasia’s most mesmerising scenery, with an itinerary that takes you on a journey from Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, to Batumi on the Black Sea coast. After meandering your way into the Caucasus Mountains, you will reach Svaneti, one of Georgia’s most remote and unique regions. There, you will have the opportunity to hike, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed villages and marvel at some of the grandest mountains the Caucasus region has to offer.

Georgia & The High Caucasus: 10 Days / 9 Nights from £2345 per person

India: Ladakh & The Hemis Festival

Visit Hemis festival in Ladakh
Hemis festival in Ladakh

Known as ‘Little Tibet’ on account of its neighbour’s strong cultural and religious influences, Ladakh is surrounded by mountains that possess a stark desolate beauty that is almost impossible to put into words. Dotting the lunar landscape are vibrant Buddhist monasteries, ancient villages, deep blue lakes, colourful fluttering prayer flags, glittering snowy peaks, and grazing yaks. There is no better time to experience this spectacular timeless land than during one of several annual festivals (tsechus). During a tsechu, a carnival-like atmosphere pervades and thousands of Ladakhi villagers come to watch ritual masked dances dressed in their finest clothes. A sight to behold.

Our Ladakh & the Hemis Festival itinerary is a private tour providing a thrilling introduction to the remote high-altitude Himalayan region of Ladakh and culminates amidst the theatre and spectacle of the annual Hemis Festival – the grandest of all the tsechus celebrated in Ladakh.

Ladakh & The Hemis Festival: 11 Days / 10 Nights from £2445 per person

Nepal & Bhutan: The Celestial Himalaya

Nepal & Bhutan - The Celestial Himalaya
Paro dzong, Bhutan

Combine the highlights of Bhutan with a taste of Nepal on a tailor-made holiday combining the only two landlocked countries in the Indian subcontinent. Your time will be divided between Nepal and Bhutan. In Nepal, explore Kathmandu and the hills of the Kathmandu Valley and immerse yourself in the capital’s ancient heart by exploring the narrow twisting lanes that connect intriguing temples with vibrant market squares, and spend time in the authentic Newari town of Dhulikhel where there is ample opportunity to enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside.

From Kathmandu, the exhilarating flight over the Himalaya range to Paro in Bhutan quite literally takes you across the roof of the world! Time in Bhutan will be spent discovering this, once secretive, hidden corner of the Himalayas. Highlights include prayer-flag-strewn bridges, a mountain pass dotted with stupas (Buddhist shrines), and the picturesque Punakha dzong (fortress-monastery). Your holiday culminates with a visit to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, better known as Tiger’s Nest.

Nepal & Bhutan: 11 Days / 10 Nights from £3575 per person

Luxury Georgia

The Best Places to Travel to in Autumn - Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains
Walking in Georgia

Offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe, most visitors gain their first view of the Caucasus High Mountains when travelling along the Georgian Military Highway, a spectacular twisting road that will lead those in quest of spectacular nature to the Kazbegi region, and the little settlement of Stepantsminda. Sitting in the shadow of an extinct volcano (Mount Kazbek), this is one of our favourite parts of the Caucasus and a highlight of any Georgia trip.

For travellers who appreciate the finer things in life, we recommend our Luxury Georgia holiday. On this private journey, time is split between luxury hotels in Tbilisi and Kazbegi. Time in Kazbegi is spent exploring the region’s highlights, including the splendidly isolated Gergeti Trinity Church, whilst staying at a sophisticated alpine-style design hotel which is undoubtedly the most stylish place to stay in the Caucasus Mountains.

Luxury Georgia: 8 Days / 7 Nights from £2150 per person

India: Nabobs & Tea Planters: Colonial Calcutta & Darjeeling

View from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India
View from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India

Although not as close to the ‘Roof of the World’ as other featured destinations, the North Indian hill station of Darjeeling and the surrounding states makeup one of the least explored regions in the subcontinent. Cradled between Bhutan and Nepal, the region is blessed with an enchanting landscape, shaped by towering snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys interwoven with icy blue rivers and Buddhist monasteries that are picturesquely set in the shadows of the Himalaya. Darjeeling is famed for its tea and offers beautiful mountain vistas as well as the chance to re-live the gracious colonial lifestyle of planters and an opportunity to ride on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – one of India’s great rail journeys.

Experience all this and more on Nabobs & Tea Planters, a luxury private tour designed to recreate the art of fine living in the style of the planters of the Raj.

Nabobs & Tea Planters: 11 Days / 10 Nights from £3195 per person

Armenia & Georgia

See Khor Virap on a tailor made holiday to Armenia
Khor Virap monastery in Armenia

A private tour combining both Georgia and Armenia unquestionably results in one of the Caucasus’s most captivating itineraries. Our tailor-made holiday to Georgia and Armenia is a memorable adventure through one of the most up and coming destinations, showcasing the region’s diverse landscapes, culture and history.

Packed with unforgettable experiences, and featuring the best hotels in the Caucasus, this comprehensive tour begins in Armenia’s energetic capital Yerevan, before heading to some of the country’s treasures, including majestic Khor Virap, placid Lake Sevan, and the dramatic Debed Canyon, a region of Armenia bursting with history and culture. In Georgia, you will discover the Silk Road capital of Tbilisi and the charming eastern wine-growing region of Kakheti before travelling north to Kazbegi. It is in this part of Georgia that you will come face-to-face with the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.

Armenia & Georgia: 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2995 per person

Ladakh Family Holiday

See the Nubra Valley on a family holiday to Ladakh
Nubra family in Ladakh
The ultimate high-altitude adventure, our Ladakh Family Holiday with Teenagers will take you off the beaten track up into the mighty Himalaya where you’ll discover the amazing sights and lore of the ‘Desert in the Sky’. Perfect for the summer holidays, this private tour is packed with incredible experiences and is a fantastic introduction to the former Himalayan kingdom where Tibetan-style monasteries, atmospheric crumbling villages, high mountain peaks, rushing rivers, and the echoes of thousands of chanting monks are all highlights.
Designed for families with teenagers, this holiday provides an immersive experience and includes a hike along the old Silk Road, rafting down the mighty Indus River, a yak ride across a mountain pass, and cycling through the serene Nubra Valley. Cultural elements include attending early morning monastery prayers and the chance to learn about the Spirit World from the most famous Oracle in Leh!

Ladakh Family Holiday: 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2295 per person

Elevated from the lowlands, all of these destinations are perfect for spring, summer and autumn holidays, making it the ideal time to start planning your next holiday.

Have we inspired you to discover the ‘Roofs of the World’? Contact our destination experts to discuss an unforgettable tailor-made holiday to the Caucasus or the Himalayas.