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Journeys In India

Journeys In India

Journeys in India is an innovative travel series focusing on the Indian subcontinent. It will highlight India's unique culture, history, architecture and wildlife. Bill Ball explores both small villages and giant metropolises to explain the diverse culture, the fascinating traditions and the wonderful people that make up India.

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Agra is home to India's most recognizable monument-the Taj Mahal. First, we tour the Agra Fort and learn its role in the incredible history behind the Taj Mahal's construction. Bill takes us to a factory where we learn how the craft of stone inlay that adorns the Taj Mahal, is still made today. We continue on to Fatehpur Sikri, a former Mughal capital, which was created of red sandstone and displays the influence of its Hindu and Mughal roots. Finally, we meet with a man that is giving the wildlife of India a voice and sanctuary.

There is no figure in Indian history that rivals Gandhi. Bill explores the land Gandhi called home and in the process, learns about the man himself. But Ahmedabad is more than Gandhi--its rich history and unusual architecture are revealed.

Bangalore is a city with many names: the Garden City, the Pub City, the Fashion Capital the list goes on. Follow Bill as he journeys through this city of contrasts and touches on its many faces. We visit Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh Gardens, shop in the markets and explore the nightlife of the modern city. We also explore architecture, from ancient Bull Temple, the legendary source of the Vishva Bharti River to the largest legislative building in India.

Where can you find literally hundreds of Jain Temples, a lost civilization and one of the top birding destinations in the world-the Bhavnagar region of course. Follow Bill as he attempts to climb 4000 steps to the great Jain temples of Palitana, floats through a lagoon full of flamingoes, egrets and cranes and learns about a kingdom lost to history.

There is no city in India that is more British than Calcutta. The former capital of British India, Calcutta has gardens, buildings and museums to prove it. Throw away any ideas you have of this giant city and discover the treasures it holds.

Two of the most sacred places in India are featured in this fascinating episode. Bill first burst the myths surrounding the legendary Khajuraho and its intricately carved temples before heading to the Holy City of Varanasi. Varanasi, the Jerusalem or Mecca for Hindus with its deep connection to the Ganges River, is explored with an insider's perspective.

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