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International Mountain Day - Season 1 - The Valley Of Flowers & The Corbett Tragedies

A place so mythically beautiful that it has entered Himalayan folklore. Often referred to as a modern-day Shangri La, the Valley of FLowers is one of the last few places on Earth which can be called truly wild. Nature-lovers all over the world speak about it with hushed reverence. The Indian Government, not surprisingly, is zealously protective of the Valley, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. One can visit it, but nobody is allowed to stay here after sunset.

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    A place so mythically beautiful that it has entered Himalayan folklore. Often referred to as a modern-day Shangri La, the Valley of FLowers is one of the last few places on Earth which can be called truly wild. Nature-lovers all over the world speak about it with hushed reverence. The Indian Government, not surprisingly, is zealously protective of the Valley, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. One can visit it, but nobody is allowed to stay here after sunset.

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    About 45 km from Leh, nestled in a beautiful valley in the Himalayas, is the most revered monastery in Ladakh - the Hemis Monastery. The Hemis Monastery holds an important place amongst the followers of Tibetan Buddhism. The annual Hemis Festival is immensely popular and witnesses the participation of people from across the globe. The Hemis Festival is an ode to the memory of Guru Rinpoche, also venerated as the 'second Buddha' among his followers.Travel to Hemis Monastery and experience the sublime energy of this festival in Sharanam.

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    Curry Pow is India first homegrown​ video documentation of ski and snowboarding from our very own snow powdered peaks! Through Curry Pow we will discover how some impassioned people have taken up skiing and snowboarding even in the absence of support and infrastructure. It further highlights the untapped tourist potential that the sport has to offer in changing the destiny of the region. The film captures the free-spirited lifestyle and the untamed passion of its practitioners who are leading a counter-cultural movement unknown to most of the country.

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    It's not a thin line but a thick fence that keeps mainstream sports apart from adventure sports. Mainstream sports have players but adventure sports have Misfits – people who are aware of the dangers they have taken upon themselves by making these sports an integral part of their lives. These games have found refuge in the Himalayan terrain. In this documentary, we have some inspiring Himalayan Misfits sharing their on-field experiences, straight from the higher altitudes.

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    Go back in time and discover the vivid, yet scattered history of Kashmir. The monarchs of Kashmir, centuries ago, built several temples. But these temples can not all be seen in present-day Kashmir. Some temples couldn’t defeat the rage of the foreign invaders, and some got defeated by the sands of time. Today, even in their state of ruin, these shattered temples speak volumes about their history. The few that have survived and are standing tall are monuments of grace even today. Kashmir Ki Virasat brings their oft-forgotten history to life.

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    Cricket is no less than a religion in India. Every Indian wants to be a part of the prestige and excitement associated with this game. This documentary takes us to Kullu Sarahan – a village situated at 7000 feet in Himachal Pradesh. Here, a cricket tournament called ‘Jhiru Cup’ is the highlight of their annual mela. The Jhiru Cup is as important as the World Cup for the people here. In fact, even the cricket balls used for gameplay are made in the village itself, and you wouldn’t get these balls elsewhere. Watch their love for the sport come to life, in a spectacle of joy, in this EPIC Special.

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    In this episode, Devdutt Pattanaik describes the significance of mountains in Hindu mythology. He begins by stating the example of Mount Meru, the sacred mountain with five peaks that finds a mention not just in Hindu but also Jain and Buddhist cosmology. This mountain is said to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Hindu mythology specifically gives a great deal of importance to mountains. Kailash Parbat, Gandhamadhan, Himavan, Mandar, Chitrakoot, Govardhan Parbat all have roles to play in the various stories about gods, devas and characters from the two epics - Mahabharat and Ramayan. Devdutt narrates stories about these mountains and explains the reason behind mountains being symbols of strength.

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    The three-week-long Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is a pilgrimage and festival of Uttarakhand in India. People from the entire Garhwal-Kumaon Division, as well as other parts of India and the world participate in Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra. The goddess Nanda Devi is worshipped at dozens of places in Kumaon and Garhwal, but the region around Mt. Nanda Devi and its sanctuary, which falls in the Pithorgarh, Almora and Chamoli District, is the prime area related to Nanda Devi. The Jaat, meaning Yatra or pilgrimage starts from Nauti village near Karnprayag and goes up to the heights of Roopkund and Homekund with a four horned sheep. After the havan - yagna is over, the sheep is freed with decorated ornaments, food and clothing, and the other offerings are discarded. The legend is this that Nanda Devi, consort of Lord Shiva left her village and went to the Nanda Devi parbat. Therefore, when the yatra starts, heavy rain occurs as if the devi is crying. This yatra covers many villages, interesting legends and awe-inspiring locales. The journey is difficult because of the difficult terrain it goes through, it goes high upto 16000 feet above sea level. Besides many interesting places, one passes by a Lake known as Roopkund which is surrounded by hundreds of ancient skeletons and there are interesting legends behind this skeletal lake. Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra 2014 started from 18 August 2014 and went up to 6 September 2014. 40000 people covered distance of approximately 290 km. The 230 km distance was covered by foot or by trekking route and the rest 60 km was covered by the bus transport. Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is organised once in 12 years. Nanda Devi Raj Jaat 2014 has special importance because that is the 1st ever Raj Jaat of Uttarakhand State, which was part of Uttar Pradesh State in earlier Raj Jaat.

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    Himachal takes us on a breathtaking food journey to a part of the country that was historically always at war and where little grew, and we’re fascinated to discover how these limitations amalgamate with the local needs to form a cuisine uniquely Himalayan. We discover the Kangri Dham- a community meal that marks all celebrations and its essential constituent- Madra- a curd based preparation quintessential to Himachali kitchens. We share meals with the royal families of Kuthlehar and Nahan and take with us jams and jellies, after learning about the history of fruit processing in this region that is the fruit basket of the country.

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    Gangtok

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    Vast hills, rolling clouds, and lush green in every direction one looks! Sikkim, the little kingdom that became a part of India in 1975 is today home to three distinct communities. The first of these are the Lepchas, who believe themselves to be the original inhabitants of Sikkim, born from the snow of the Kanchenjunga itself! The second are the Bhutias who descended on this beautiful land from nearby Tibet almost 700-800 years ago and have since made it theirs. And the third is the large Nepalese community that calls Sikkim home. Ancient recipes from these three communities are what we showcase in this episode of Lost Recipes along with juicy historical nuggets such as that the Bhutias are ones who first brought Momos to India! Get ready for some never-see-before traditional tribal cooking techniques such as cooking on stones in a pit, and cooking in a bamboo stem! Sounds delicious? It is!

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    Chef Ranveer makes Kahwa from Kashmir in the traditional Kashmiri kettle called Samovar. With cinnamon, cardamon, saffron and almonds, the slow tea-brewing creates a pahadi ambience. He then makes Yarkhandi Pulaao which came to India through the ancient Silk Route. He also talks of the different teas in the high mountains. Speaking of millets in India, Ranveer makes a Jhangore ki Kheer from barnyard millet, a millet that he came across in a small village in Rishikesh. The Chef also talks about going to the mountains to slow down and truly experience the value of time.

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    Known as the Koh-i-Maran in Persian, the hill of Hari Parbat is crested with a fort of the same name. Originally built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the fort has been the silent sentinel watching the winds of change and the many hands eager to grasp the land fabled as heaven on Earth. We arrive in Kashmir as Akbar wrests control of the land for the Mughal Empire and follow the many tales of the various rulers vying for control over the Hari Parbat and wanting to be masters of Kashmir.

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    Ladakh

    22 Min

    A dream captured in a snow globe, Ladakh is the land of high passes and lamas. The region has had a variety of cultural influences from Tibetan, Korean, Chinese and Indian. Food legends travel back to the ancient silk route which kissed Ladakh, gathering Persian and Chinese traditions. Using locally produced fresh ingredients with dry fruits and spices, Ladakhi cuisine has extremely unique dishes to offer. Bajra, a robust crop survives this harsh terrain and is used extensively in different preparations. Fresh fruits from the Nubra Valley and rare meats from the region are also favorites.

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    Chirping birds, sky-high mountains, rivers singing their own melody – many can only dream of the scenic beauty which Uttarakhand brings to reality. Join Aditya Bal on his travels through this inspiring landscape. The Garhwal region of this state is where the first lost recipe – ‘Seeda Roti’ – comes from. It is a dish which turns out to be a sweet treat and a good dose of nutrition at the same time. The quest for yet another recipe takes us to Tons Valley, where the shepherds have a timeless recipe to be shared with the rest of the world – ‘Andrey’.

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