2004   UK Himalaya with Michael Palin
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Director:John-Paul Davidson, Roger Mills
Studio:2 Entertain Video
Writer:Michael Palin
IMDb Rating:8.6 (467 votes)
Awards:1 win & 4 nominations
Genre:Culture & Civilizations
Duration:360 min
John-Paul Davidson, Roger Mills  ...  (Director)
Michael Palin  ...  (Writer)
Michael Palin  ...  Host
Nigel Meakin  ...  Cinematographer
Saska Simpson  ...  Editor
Comments: A surprising, illuminating, entertaining, enlightening, educational program. Michael Palin is perfect for this. He's an everyman with a sense of humor in some very foreign places.

Summary: This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range, covering an amazingly diverse range of cultures and environments in various countries. It includes:

1° North by Northwest - Pakistan's tribal province, featuring Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Gilgit, Chitral and K2;

2° A Passage to India - Lahore (still in Muslim Pakistan), and in its mainly Hindu rival India: Amritsar, Shimla, Dharamsala (meeting with the Dalai Lama) and Srinagar;

3°Annapurna to Everest - Nepal (the capital Kathmandu, meeting with King Gyanendra, and Annapurna Mountain; includes a scare involving the Maoist rebels in the Gurkha recruiting area) and Tibet (administered as a Chinese province: Pokhara and the Everest base camp on the northern side).

4° The Roof of the World - Tibet's capital Lhasa and in China's Qinghai province Yushu.

5° Leaping Tiger, Naked Nagas - from China's Yunnan province to India's Nagaland state - features Kunming, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, the Naga village of Longwa on the Indian-Burmese border and a trek along Tiger Leaping Gorge;

6° Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal - India's Assam state (Kaziranga National Park), Bhutan (capital Thimphu) and Bangladesh (Sylhet, the capital Dhaka and finally Chittagong on the Bay of Bengal)

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