Wild India (Land of the Tigers)

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  • 1997
  • 1 Season

Wild India (Land of the Tigers) is a fascinating and visually stunning nature documentary series produced by BBC Earth. This show explores the unique and diverse flora and fauna of India, with a special focus on tigers and their habitat. The series contains six episodes, each one exploring a different region of India, from the snowy Himalayas to the lush jungles of Central India. Viewers are treated to breathtaking views of India's landscapes, as well as intimate glimpses of its animal life.

The series is narrated by the renowned British actor, Colin Salmon, who brings his distinctive voice to the show. His narration is engaging and informative, and he manages to convey a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world.

The first episode of Wild India takes us to the Himalayas. Here, we see the majestic snow leopards, which are among the rarest and most elusive predators on earth. We also see other animals that thrive in this harsh environment, such as the Himalayan tahr, marmots, and snow cock.

The second episode takes us to the Western Ghats, a mountain range that runs parallel to India's west coast. Here, we see the lion-tailed macaques, a species of monkey that are endemic to this region. We also see the Malabar giant squirrel, which is one of the largest squirrels in the world.

The third episode takes us to the dry forests of Central India. Here, we see the Indian Gaur, a type of wild cattle, and the sloth bear, which is known for its distinctive snout. We also see tigers, which are the focus of the series.

The fourth episode takes us to the Sundarbans, a vast mangrove forest that is spread across India and Bangladesh. This is one of the most challenging and dangerous habitats for tigers, as they have to live with the constant threat of drowning and saltwater crocodiles. We see how tigers in this region are uniquely adapted to this challenging environment.

The fifth episode takes us to the deserts of Rajasthan, where we see how animals have adapted to thrive in an environment of extreme temperatures and scarce water sources. We see desert foxes, chinkaras, and other animals that have developed unique survival strategies.

The final episode takes us to the jungles of the northeast, one of the most diverse regions of India in terms of wildlife. Here, we see clouded leopards, hornbills, and other animals that are unique to this region.

Throughout the series, we see how tigers are the embodiment of power and grace, and how they are integral to India's cultural heritage. We also learn about the challenges they face, such as habitat loss, poaching, and conflict with humans.

Overall, Wild India (Land of the Tigers) is a stunning show that will delight nature lovers and anyone interested in learning more about the unique flora and fauna of India. The breathtaking images and informative narration make this show a true delight to watch.

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Monsoon Forests
6. Monsoon Forests
December 22, 1997
Valmik travels to the lush monsoon rainforests of the Indian sub-continent. He journeys from Assam in the northeast, to the Western Ghats in southern India and across the seas to Sri Lanka. These fabled forests are rich in wildlife.
Mountains of the Gods
5. Mountains of the Gods
December 15, 1997
Valmik travels to the source of the Ganges which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The infant Ganges carves its way into the forest that clothes much of the southern face of the Himalayas and in spring the slopes blush deep pink with rhododendrons.
The Desert Kingdom
4. The Desert Kingdom
December 8, 1997
Valmik discovers thousands of demoiselle cranes in the dunes around the tiny village of Keetchan. They fly across the Himalayas from Russia and China to spend the winter in the desert and have been welcomed and fed by the villagers for hundreds of years.
Unknown Seas
3. Unknown Seas
December 1, 1997
Valmik sets sail on a voyage of discovery, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, helped by the same ocean currents that drove the first explorers around the coast of India. His first encounter is with a monster 15 meters long and weighing more than 18 tons. This sea creature poses no danger; it is a whale shark, the largest fish on Earth.
Sacred Waters
2. Sacred Waters
November 24, 1997
Valmik travels along the great river basins of India following the sacred Ganges on its 1,000-mile path to the sea. As the monsoon ends, the rivers burst their banks and flooded the wetlands. Tigers, elephants, rhinos and people all adopt a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Both humans and other animals thrive in this sacred waterland which supports 400 million people.
The Tiger's Domain
1. The Tiger's Domain
November 17, 1997
On the first stage of his journey, Valmik encounters lions in the Gir Forest, the last remaining home of the Asiatic lion. Also, tigers stalk deer and langur monkeys, jackals pursue sloth bears and a peacock attacks a deadly cobra. In India, as nowhere else, animals live side by side with millions of people.
  • Premiere Date
    November 17, 1997