India

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Episode 4 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Simon Reeve continues his epic journey around the world following the Tropic of Cancer, the northern border of the tropics region.

In India, Simon's journey takes him from the coast of Gujarat in the west to Kolkata in the east. Along the way he spots the shy and beautiful Indian wild ass, learns of the violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gandhi's home city of Ahmedebad and visits the site of one of the world's worst industrial accidents in Bhopal, where people still claim to be suffering from chemical spills.

In the setting for Kipling's Jungle Book, Simon bathes an elephant and in Kolkata he ponders a new car that is so affordable that it could add to the city's already unbelievable congestion.

  • A THREATENED WILDERNESS

    A THREATENED WILDERNESS

    Simon is with Dhanraj Malik, whose family were once the local royal family and rulers of the Rann of Kutch, a salty, clay desert on the Tropic of Cancer. The Rann is home to one of the rarest creatures in the world - the Indian wild ass, close relative of the horse. They are a gravely endangered animal, and the Rann of Kutch is home to the last viable population.

  • BHOPAL

    BHOPAL

    Simon in the Union Carbide factory, Bhopal, the source of a poison gas leak in 1984 which killed thousands of locals and is one of the word's worst industrial disasters. Simon discovers the site has not been cleaned-up, and that a second generation of young locals living in slums around the factory site claim to be suffering the effects of poisoning.

  • THE HOLY CITY OF UJJAIN

    THE HOLY CITY OF UJJAIN

    Simon visits the holy city of Ujjain, home to a huge concentration of Hindu temples.

  • AFTER THE SAFARI

    AFTER THE SAFARI

    Simon and his guide Tania Sohal in Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh, in the area of India where Kipling set The Jungle Book.
    Simon and Tania went on an elephant-back safari hunting for tigers, but failed to spot a single big cat. Instead they fell in love with Roopkali, their elephant, and gave her a good scrub in a river at the end of a hot day of tiger-searching.

  • THE EYE OF ROOPKALI

    THE EYE OF ROOPKALI

    The eye of Roopkali the elephant with whom Simon fell in love, in Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh, in the area of India where Kipling set The Jungle Book.

  • INDIA'S 'RED CORRIDOR'

    INDIA'S 'RED CORRIDOR'

    Indian soldiers in India's 'Red Corridor', the central states where a Maoist insurgency has resulted in the government losing control of large areas. Simon met-up with some of the thousands of Indian troops who are trying to re-take territory from rebel groups.

Credits

Presenter
Simon Reeve
Writer
Simon Reeve
Writer
Sam Bagnall
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall
Producer
Dominic Ozanne
Director
Dominic Ozanne

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