Exploring India with Bettany Hughes

India is a land of incredible architectural wonders and amazing sacred sites. Author and historian Bettany Hughes takes viewers through her curated selection of Indian treasures. Travelling across this diverse country from North to South, through amazing countryside and spectacular cities, in this cultural exploration she discovers the fascinating past of this epically beautiful sub-continent.

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Episode 1: The North
Bettany Hughes takes part in a Hindu ritual in Varanasi and visits the Lake Palace.

Varanasi is one of India’s holiest cities. Historian Bettany Hughes visits the city and takes part in a Hindu ritual which helps her process a recent bereavement in her own life. In this journey of cultural exploration, she also takes a boat out to the magnificent Lake Palace on an island in Lake Pichola before exploring Fatehpur Sikri, the Imperial capital of the Mughal Empire.

Episode 2: The South
Bettany enjoys the breath-taking journey by train through the Tamil Nadu hills.

Historian Bettany Hughes continues her cultural exploration of India, visiting fascinating sites in the south of the sub-continent. She enjoys a breath-taking journey through the Tamil Nadu hills, between Mettupalayam and Udhagamandalam and meets the local Toda people who still revere the train’s arrival. She then visits Thanjavur, the capital of the Chola empire in the 8th century BCE.

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