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Road less traveled

Genre: ADVENTURE / TRAVEL

Season 1

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Season 1 of Road less Traveled, where the journey all began. This is the complete anthology of Jonathan Legg's India adventures. A 9 episode season that spans the entire subcontinent of India. Strap yourself in, and see India from the vantage point of a travel show unlike any other. 

Episode 1

Orissa: Jonathan gets the classic train experience acclimating to bizarre washroom customs and the diversity of society rolling down the tracks.  Glory, salvation, and madness ensue when the master of the universe emerges from his temple and rolls down a flesh packed street on a five story high chariot.  Our host first tries to slip in

to the guarded temple through tact, guile, and disguise; and later dives into the frenzied mob of millions, braving elbows, stampedes, and police batons to grab the

fabled “ropes of salvation.”

Episode 2

Kolkata:  Jonathan dives deep into the rich stew of colonial legacies and neighborhood traditions; from wrestling barrel-chested palwans in a mud packed akhara, to a gentlemanly match at the worlds oldest Polo club. He searches the bustlling fish markets for the famed Hilsa, eats dumplings with survivors of Sino/Indian deportations, and tackles the citys infamously chaotic streets pulling Mother Teresa's faithful on the citys oldest and most vilified form of transportation:  the hand rickshaw.

Episode 3

Delhi/Manali:  On the verge of an epic roadtrip, Jonathan visits the shrine of the motorcycle God for providence and sidetracks to combat the all-woman unit of the Delhi police.  After a good beatdown, a ridiculous session of laughter yoga in the park lifts his mood. The Mughal’s influence is brought from the historical to the present when Jonathan tracks down two discreet establishments which to this day serve the savories and sweets fancied by the old kings.  Finally he moves on to Manali, dodging tourist traps to find an authentic hot spring soak before setting off to cross the treacherous “dead body pass” on a classic Royal Enfield Bullet.

Episode 4

Ladakh:  Motor and body gasping for breath, Jonathan embarks on a two wheeled journey over the highest roads in the world, stopping in remote monasteries to learn the secrets of Buddhism’s warrior demons and track down a secreted manuscript rumored to explain the lost years of Jesus.  He outwits a gang of armed thugs to get the lowdown on a mysterious crypt and takes a risky launch of faith over uncharted airspace in a paraglider.

Episode 5

Rajasthan Part 1: From the pink city to the blue city, Jonathan weaves his way through citadels, dunes, and temples in this legendary frontierland of kings and warriors.  He braves the rat temple in search of the lucky albino rodent, hears the epic of cow hearding Gods who spring to life when illiterate bards sing of their deeds, and samples the abundance of dromedary products at the world’s largest camel reserve.  On the darker side he evades guards and good advice by spending a night hidden in the ruins of Asia’s most haunted location, and travels through a jungle to find a witch living in a dilapidated mansion.

Episode 6

Rajasthan Part 2: Jonathan’s journey in the Land of Kings resumes; he steps foot in the rodent infested Karni Mata temple in Bikaner, learning the true reason for a temple that houses and worships rats. Then it’s off to another animal adventure, Asia’s largest research center on camels! After a silly session of trying out fine dromedary products, Jonathan shifts gear and ends up in a rarely known community known as the Bishnoi; as a welcoming gesture, he is offered Opium tea and shown one of their trades. Jonathan then ventures deep into the panther-infested Rajasthani jungle in search of a fabled 85 year old notorious black magician who lives alone in a fortress.

Episode 7

Goa/Karnataka: Fleeing the hard monsoon rains, Jonathan seeks refuge with hot cups of java in the rolling hills of India’s coffee country and in the peaceful energy of India’s largest Tibetan community.  On a remote hillside three crackpot Sadhus send him on a quest for a divine message. The trail leads him from the birthplace of the monkey God, to avian tarot card dealers, and through the madness of a celestial birthday party before ending by the baddest bull this side of the country.

Episode 8

Kerala:  Jonathan hangs out with a group of fisherman that utilizes the ancient Chinese fishing nets designed in the time of Kublai khan. He attends a Kathakali dance academy and gets ready for center stage with an elaborate 3 hour makeup process.   He endures a spine cracking jeep ride to process leaves at the highest orthodox tea plantation in the world. Drenched with healing ointments from an Ayeurvedic rubdown, he washes in the strong currents of a salubrious sea believed to also cleanse a man of his sins.  Finally when news comes of a 22 billion dollar treasure stashed in a cursed tomb, he rockets down the coast to beat the military to the scene.

Episode 9

Kerala:  Jonathan hangs out with a group of fisherman that utilizes the ancient Chinese fishing nets designed in the time of Kublai khan. He attends a Kathakali dance academy and gets ready for center stage with an elaborate 3 hour makeup process.   He endures a spine cracking jeep ride to process leaves at the highest orthodox tea plantation in the world. Drenched with healing ointments from an Ayeurvedic rubdown, he washes in the strong currents of a salubrious sea believed to also cleanse a man of his sins.  Finally when news comes of a 22 billion dollar treasure stashed in a cursed tomb, he rockets down the coast to beat the military to the scene.

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