Himalaya documentary

#1 Mar 19th, 2006, 01:22
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I recently saw the BBC documentary series on Himalaya (with Michael Palin).
Part 2 of it was focussed on Indian Himalaya-where they showed Shimla and Kashmir.
Do these places really symbolize the true Indian Himalaya?
Any opinion?
(In Pakistan segment-Khyber Pass,Concordia region of Karakoram was featured while in Nepal it was Everest base camp,Annapurna base camp...)
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I liked that documentary, but hate it for the fact that it showed too little of India. I mean they did mention Ladakh and Kashmir, but it was focused more on busy tourist areas. Not my cup of tea, guess they would have done batter if they had shown a little bit of more Ladakh and spiti region.
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Yeah. Indian Himalaya is being portrayed as one where u can reach in a train or a car-the rugged wild himalaya is missing.
The most striking features like Ladakh,Garhwal,Kumaon(the trekking trails) and Khardungla(since he was travelling by road) were missing
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The Himalaya stretches what 1200 Kms along the top of India, I would imagine within this any mountain scenery you care to see will be available somewhere!!

I also though Michael Palin seriously undersold the Indian Himalaya, maybe thats a good thing though SSShhhhhh!!!
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They went up to Leh during that trip though - it gets a mention in the book. No idea why they didn't use it in the programme - I would've thought it's one of the most intriguing bits.
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I really enjoyed the high production values of this series as a whole and of course the snippits of India in McLeod Ganj and Shimla.I'm not sure how Amritsar got a gig in a Himalaya doco but enjoyed that bit as well especially the focus on the Golden Temple.
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Oh yes.
At the Golden Temple,a sikh gentleman told Palin about emperor Akbar having lunch at the Temple-is it true?
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I enjoyed the show although it was a pity that Ladahk and Uttranchal didn't get a mention.
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My friend who works for the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) gave me a copy of this DVD set for Christmas. Just finished watching the first 2 episodes. I enjoyed the episode on India, with Amritsar, Ladakh and Shimla being mentioned, all places I'm yet to travel. I can't wait to watch the rest of the documentary. After this episode, do they show more of India, or is that it?
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman My friend who works for the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) gave me a copy of this DVD set for Christmas. Just finished watching the first 2 episodes. I enjoyed the episode on India, with Amritsar, Ladakh and Shimla being mentioned, all places I'm yet to travel. I can't wait to watch the rest of the documentary. After this episode, do they show more of India, or is that it?
I think only 10-15% of actual documentry was shown on Discovery Channel, it's edited way too much for obivious reason that only 1 hour (or 45 minutes) is alloted for each episode.
I hope you've got much more than TV Documentry.
I liked the documentry and Michael Palin is great narrator.

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Since my last post I've watched another two episodes, so I've watch 4/6 episodes. The preview for the next episode shows him in Assam where he "learns to wash an elephant, looks for the best cup of tea, and watches boys playing girls". That should be interesting. The episodes here on the DVD go for one hour each, with extras also on the 3 DVD Boxset.
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Originally Posted by clawhammer Oh yes.
At the Golden Temple,a sikh gentleman told Palin about emperor Akbar having lunch at the Temple-is it true?
The land to built the Golden temple was granted by Akbar, so it likely that he had had lunch there.
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Have you tried getting the accompanying book. I've not seen the DVD but have read the book and it is good.

But then I musch prefer to read the books as you really get what he was thinking and feeling more then the DVD.
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Well I just finished watching all 6 episodes. Was pretty good all up, some of the stuff on Tibet was a bit too long, but still interesting. I always seemed to keep my eyes glued to the TV when Michael was in India.

Now I need to watch a great documentary, purely on India. But I don't know any.
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I have read the book and it is very good .Yet to see the documentary though.This is the first travelogue which i have read and i love this genre of writing now.

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