Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Agra and Its Environs
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.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Land of Rudyard Kipling: Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks
With classic tales as The Jungle Book to his credit, Rudyard Kipling brought India to life for many readers around the world. In this episode, Bill steps back into Kipling's wild world while exploring Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, the inspiration for The Jungle Book and many other tales. There, we track tigers and search for jackal, sambar, chital, monkeys and wildboar. We round out the episode with jeep safaris, elephant rides and dinners around the fire.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Bangalore and Ooty
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. Bill's final stop is the "Queen of the Hill Stations" Ooty, where he tours the plantations, rides the historic narrow-gauge railroad and visits the Stone House, which was built by the British in the days of colonial rule.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Mumbai & Goa
Join us as we explore the Gateway to India-Mumbai. From its early history, it's many foreign occupations to the hustle and bustle of today. Bill tells Mumbai's rich history is told through two of its most famous inhabitants, Gandhi and Kipling. We delve into the community of the Parsi faith and learn about their beliefs regarding the circle of life before heading to a little bit of heaven on earth, the coastal paradise of Goa. This hot spot for "in the know" travelers feature white, sandy beaches and is surrounded by tropical plant life. Bill introduces both the armchair and actual traveler to this incredible destination. We explore the Portuguese influence on Goa's architecture and cuisine, tour the ghost city of Old Goa and explore Roman Catholic churches.