We discover how the Ganges brings life from the cold peaks of the Himalayas to their lush foothills, and how the river has shaped Indian culture and religion. Our first journey begins high in the Himalayas, where the Ganges has its source. This is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes on Earth. Dotted across the high valleys are the four sacred Hindu sources of the river - the four dhams - each marked with an ancient temple that is the destination for thousands of pilgrims every summer. The high peaks are the haunt of snow leopards, Asiatic brown bears and huge bearded vultures or lammergeiers. Hidden amongst these remote mountains are remarkable locations like the Valley of Flowers, a series of high meadows carpeted with spectacular flowers of every colour. Further downstream, the lush forested foothills support the last herds of wild elephants that live along the Ganges, as well as tigers, otters and peacocks, while the river itself is home to shoals of mahseer, the largest carp in the world, which spawn each autumn in the smaller tributaries.
Episode #101 / Length: 51 minutes