Starting in the far north and working her way over 3500 kilometres to India's southernmost tip, Caroline Quentin examines the rich spectrum of modern Indian life.
Caroline plunges headlong into Indian society at every level: from Maharajas to mahouts, staying with local families en route.
Caroline experiences India's remarkable contrasts from breathtaking landscapes such as Kanha National Park to dense, humid metropolises including Kolcutta and Mumbai, which encompass the extremes of wealth and often desperate poverty in close proximity. Taking in everything from ancient treasures to the high tech modernity of this self-styled 21st century Tiger state.
Caroline starts her journey in Varanasi, the religious and cultural capital of India. She meets a local guy called Ravi, who takes her on a boat ride on the River Ganges and introduces her to a local family who she stays with. She then takes the sleeper train to Jodhpur, the "Blue City" of Rajasthan. Caroline's next stop is Agra, the home of the famous Taj Mahal. After missing her country life back home in Devon, Caroline then visits rural towns, Chandelao and Anand.
Caroline arrives in Jaisalmer by camel. She meets Princes, Shakti and Vikram Singh, brothers who live in the city and show her around. Caroline travels back to Gujarat to go to a big Indian Festival in Ahmedabad. It's Navrati - and no-one celebrates it bigger and better than the Gujaratis! A local family take her under their wing and take her shopping for a dress, teach her how to dance the traditional "garba" dance and take her to the night time festivities.
Caroline then hits the big city, Mumbai! She gets a tour by local enthusiast Deepa and witnesses Malakamb, the Indian gymnastics in action and gets fashion tips from a Bollywood actress.
Next stop is Mysore, the city of palaces. Caroline spends the day with the local celebrity Snake Shyam and makes sweets with the grandson of the maharaja.
Caroline travels down South to visit a healer in Shimoga who can miraculously cure the sick through the natural herbs and fauna he gathers in the local woods. She then visits the elephants and gets up close and personal to the local martial art Kalari in Cochin. Finally Caroline finds herself at journeys end and takes a dip in the three oceans that meet at Kanniyakumari.
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