Explorer Levison Wood travels to cities on either side of the Indo-Pak border for his new docu-series

Explorer Levison Wood travels to cities on either side of the Indo-Pak border for his new docu-series

One imagines that life at the risky Indo-Pak border is fraught with threat and hazard, regardless of shared historic and cultural bonds between the two nations. Internationally acclaimed author and explorer Levison Wood and journey author Ash Bharadwaj search to reply a number of questions on the Indo-Pak borders with their docu-series India Originals-Expedition Borderlands , launched on September 8.

This four-part docu-series, Levison hopes, will allow the world to see the two international locations with greater than what headlines recommend.

Cultural deep dive

Discussing the 2,500 km expedition that he and Ash embarked on, Levison says, “The collection takes viewers throughout a route that has by no means been captured earlier than on digicam.” The duo wished to point out the on a regular basis lives of the individuals in distant and off-beat areas together with Tyakshi, Turtuk and Gurez in India and Nowshera, Taxila, Skardu, Khaplu in Pakistan to realize an genuine understanding of native tradition and custom. 

While the genesis for the collection was pre-Covid, the lockdown gave them extra time to spend on analysis. Levison says, “I’ve travelled to India about seven occasions earlier and thrice to Pakistan, however I haven’t been to quite a bit of these locations. Ladakh was a journey of discovery for me. Rather a lot of networking, analysis, homework and speaking to the proper individuals was concerned in packaging the tales to make the present a journey of discovery for viewers as properly. When Ash and I set out, we had an thought of who we wished to fulfill and what we wished to movie. As for the terrain, in locations like Yakshi, Turtuk, Nubra valley, Dras, Kargil, Teetwal, and Gurez we have been at the mercy of the floor. But that’s the pleasure of an expedition.”  

Tracking powerful terrains

In one episode, the two are seen operating throughout a excessive move in Kashmir with falling rocks: Levison says he was very grateful that the Border Road Organisation despatched earth movers to clear the path. “Landslides are frequent in excessive terrain areas; Had we not taken the threat, the different would have been sitting and ready.” 

Through the journey they viewers to the world’s excessive polo ground-Shandur in Pakistan and, of course, via a gastronomic journey throughout India and Pakistan. Levison says the wide selection of meals he tasted, particularly the curries, will without end linger in his thoughts.

Stating that India has modified quite a bit from what he skilled 20 years in the past, Levison says “this was a journey of self-discovery that got here via adjusting to my very own notion from my earlier travels.” He says he observed that home tourism has gone up in leaps and bounds. “It is an effective factor to see individuals eager to discover their very own nation. Dharamshala was a spot that largely noticed foreigners or the hippie crowd once I first visited. Now, it has extra Indian vacationers.” 

As for similarities between India and Pakistan, he says, “All the hostility was overshadowed by curiosity, They all need to know what’s on the different side of the border. They have households throughout the border however can’t meet.” He provides, “Personally, it’s exhausting to know that individuals dwell on one side of the river however should not capable of cross it..”

India Originals-Expedition Borderlands is now streaming on discovery+

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