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The documentary series tells a different story of India, one of the beautiful wildlife and landscape of the country - far away from its highly populated cities.
26 Oct 2016 - 5:22 PM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2016 - 5:25 PM

India has a population of 1.2 billion people. It has a mass of 3,287,263 square kilometres. That's under half the size of Australia, with a population considerably larger. Despite the volume of people in the country, India maintains a vast range of wildlife. 

New series India: Nature's Wonderland takes its viewers on a journey to showcase the absolute majesty of the country's wildlife and emphasise the awe that the wildlife inspires.

While the first episode makes an effort to highlight actor Frida Pinto's understanding of the bond that exists between Indians and the natural world, mountaineer Jon Gupta climbing in India, and the experience of wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, the show is at its absolute best as it revels in the beautiful wildlife of the region.

Frida meets an elephant

A highlight of the series has Slumdog Millionaire actress Frida Pinto meeting a newborn elephant. Introducing the segment, Pinto says that "You never know when you're going to be surprised with something new" - only to surprise the audience moments later with an introduction to a baby elephant. It's a glorious moment.

Bonnin finds herself in a turf war

Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin encounters some baby animals herself as she is shown cub Asiatic lions being looked after by their mothers.

In a contrast to the serene elephants, Bonnin explains that the Asiatic lions are dedicated to protecting their territory. The ferocity of the animals is deeply unnerving. 

Gupta nudes up

Okay, it's not quite that salacious. He keeps his shorts on. After all, this is a moment of spiritual importance.

Gupta, a respected mountaineer, reveals a different kind of India as he bathes at the commencement of the Ganges river. "Indians prepare for a journey by washing," Gupta informs us. He also advises that the water was a little "chilly".

India - Nature's Wonderland airs on SBS on 2 November 2016 

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