Viewers will be taken on an unforgettable road trip to discover the unexplored north-eastern states and the beautiful Jammu and Kashmir. Supported by Incredible India, the series will air every Saturday at 10 pm
December 1, 2016
Discovery will take its viewers on an unforgettable road trip to discover the beauty of the north-eastern states in its new series #GoNorthEast, airing every Saturday at 10 pm.
The journey to the Northern region will also cover the state of Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir. The nine-part series # GoNorthEast will explore places, customs, diverse landscape and the multitude of life in these areas. In each episode, popular television actors Varun Mitra and Aalekh Kapoor will take a stop-over to meet some of the most charismatic characters, relish authentic cuisines, experience myriad cultures and indulge in raw adventures that these lands have to offer.
The exploration begins from Assam, the land brimming with colours, mystique and flavours. Presenter Varun Mitra will visit the Kamakhya Temple, will go tiger spotting at Manas National Park, and will experience authentic Assamese cuisine with master chef Atul Lakhar. He will halt at Sualkuchi, ‘also known as Manchester of Assam’, to find about indigenous material used for the production of some of the finest silks and will end his journey with a simmering tea tasting session.
Varun’s next destination will be Meghalaya, an abode of the clouds, because of the highest amount of rainfall it receives. Varun will drive through the hills of East Khasi district to marvel at the natural beauty of a small village Mawlynnong, which has earned the reputation of ‘Asia's Cleanest Village’. Further in his journey, Varun will jam to the catchy beats of the famous Shillong Chamber Choir; will travel deep in the dense tropical forests to see Living Root Bridges, the man-made natural wonders grown from the roots of ancient rubber trees; will relish authentic Khasi cuisine; and will enjoy the Wangala dance.
Further in his journey, Varun will travel to Tripura to take a trip back in time. He will get a taste of the Reang way of life that includes learning the art of brewing rice beer and eating fresh snails. He will uncover the legend behind the lost hill of Unnakoti, meaning one less than a crore, or 99,99,999, a pilgrimage that boasts of thousands of Shiva scriptures. He will also experience the royalty at the NeerMahal Palace -- eastern India's lone lake palace. He will cap off the journey with the beautiful Hojagiri folk dance.
In Mizoram, the land of the hills, presenter Aalekh Kapoor will go parasailing at Serchhip, about 100 km away from capital Aizawl. He will visit the Thenzawl deer park, which is home to the Sambar deer; will learn the art of handloom weaving; and will try authentic dishes. The trip will end with a walk around a heritage village that offers a view of traditional Mizo life.
Varun will visit Manipur to try his hand at Thang Ta, a Manipuri marital art. He will experience the love of Radha and Krishna through the Manipuri rendition of the Raasleela. Further he will visit the Loktak Lake and experience life on a moving island. He will also challenge himself to learn mountaineering skills.
Further in the episodes, Varun will visit Nagaland to attend the age old Tuluni Festival and experience the various dance forms of the state. In Arunachal Pradesh, he will stop at the Thembang fort to try some local food and then head towards Sela pass on his way to Tawang Monastery. Then he will opt for some adrenaline rush through rafting.
After visiting the seven sister states, viewers will travel to Sikkim to visit the age-old Rumtek Monastery, where peaceful monks take part in lively debates. Viewers will also learn the age old art of archery; will head bang to some rock music and will try some local dishes.
The last leg of the journey will take Varun to northern most state of Jammu and Kashmir, followed by Ladakh. Viewers will join him to attend the Ladakh Festival and watch different cultures of this cold desert come together in celebration and later will set up a camp near the picturesque Pangong Lake. At the Nubra Valley, he will go Dune Bashing and camel riding. The journey will culminate at Jammu’s famous Raghunath Temple.
Supported by Incredible India, # GoNorthEast will air every Saturday at 10 pm on Discovery Channel.