Have you ever watched a travel show that has truly moved you to set off on a voyage of discovery-of culture, cuisine, mythology, adventure, music and much more? LF’s Ganga: The Soul of India, marking the TV debut of Bollywood actor, producer and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza, is one such show. Launched in May 2016, Ganga: The Soul of India discovered a quintessential aspect of Indian life along the mighty Ganges. The food and travel show delves deeper into local cultures and cuisines through Mirza’s eyes and a host of personal stories of those living along the banks of Ganga.
After four long years of its tele launch, Ganga: The Soul of India is back on popular demand on the small screen. For those who need reasons to catch up with this show, here we give you five reasons why you must not miss this epic travel series.
A birds eye view of
India’s longest river
While there’s nothing like travelling to a new place yourself and discovering the beautiful locales, being able to watch someone else do it can be a fun experience. Watching Ganga: The Soul of India won’t serve as a surrogate for you fulfilling your travel goals, but it will sure serve some much-needed inspiration to take this journey across the banks of the sacred Ganga. What more, the breathtaking views offer a virtual escape from the daily hustle and bustle of city life.
We all crave adventure and this show offers us several adventurous possibilities along the river Ganga. The show helps you chart out a list of places for times when you want to step outside your comfort zone and push your limits. And while you bookmark your favourite activites, you watch the beautiful Mirza revel in the adrenaline rush she gets from rock climbing in Uttarkashi, bungee jumping in Rishikesh, performing a flying fox in Devprayag, and so on.
Moment of insight
While we all know that travel offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on life and also discover several hidden passions and dreams, this epic journey showcases Mirza's learnings and discoveries as the show progresses. From being a well-known actress to owning a production house, engaging in social work, and creating awareness for a healthy environment, the show offers several poignant moments that capture her quiet moments of reflection as also moments of inspiration that show her confront her inner fears.
To experience the Ganga trail in all its entirety, one has to do more than just “sight-see”. With arts and culture, cuisine, and music changing every few 100 kms in India, thanks to the diversity in communities, geography, and other influences, Mirza curates local experiences for her viewers through this show. She makes a humble attempt at exploring and understanding the vast and varied culture of the different locales along the Ganga through its cuisine, music, and traditions. Think cooking local Uttarakhand delicacies in Dehradun, shaking a leg with the tribal communities in a village near Santiniketan (West Bengal), and meeting local musicians who are keeping the tradition of folk music alive in Allahabad and Haridwar.
Meet inspiring personalities
Mirza meets Kolkata’s first female taxi driver, participates in a play with a visually impaired group of people, visits the Bhule Bhatke Shivir (lost and found camp) in Allahabad, all this and more to show the viewers that our world view isn’t the same as everyone else’s. From bringing to the fore unique stories and people, the show promises to be a discovery of India through several unforgettable experiences.
Don't miss: All the episodes of Ganga: The Soul of India