Michael Palin Brings Wit and Wisdom in Six-Part Travel Series 'Himalaya' Debuting on KCET Feb. 6, 2012 | KCET
Michael Palin Brings Wit and Wisdom in Six-Part Travel Series 'Himalaya' Debuting on KCET Feb. 6, 2012
MICHAEL PALIN BRINGS WIT AND WISDOM IN SIX-PART TRAVEL SERIES 'HIMALAYA' DEBUTING ON KCET FEB. 6, 2012
Palin explores 1,800 miles of the world's greatest mountain range in a unique journey which includes meeting the Dalai Lama, witnessing Everest's Death Zone and walking the streets of Darra to the rattle of AK 47s.
Encountering the extremes of wealth and poverty, altitude and freezing cold, this ex-Python brings his unique brand of wit and wisdom as he travels across the roof of the world, traversing dizzying switchback mountain roads with awe-inspiring scenery while encountering people of special interest.
From the historic Khyber Pass, Palin goes to Peshawar by steam train and walks the streets of Darra to the rattle of AK 47s. He crosses into India, passing through troubled Kashmir, and visits Dharamsala for a private audience with the Dalai Lama. In Nepal, Michael witnesses the trials of the Gurkha recruitment, before trekking to Tibet to witness Everest's Death Zone first-hand. After experiencing Lhasa, he heads to the nomads' annual horse festival, then through Yunan to Assam and on to Bhutan, where he is entertained by members of the royal family. Palin's epic journey ends in Bangladesh, where the great rivers of the Himalaya disgorge into the Bay of Bengal, just in time for the monsoon.
"We're excited to bring KCET audiences a breathtaking view of the world's greatest mountain range," said Bohdan Zachary, KCET's vice president of Broadcasting & Program Development. "Himalaya with Michael Palin goes beyond Everest, winding its way through regions that for centuries have held a certain mystique - I think audiences will love what they discover."
Himalaya with Michael Palin is one of several award-winning travel programs that offer viewers a wider view of the world, including Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions, Globe Trekker, Huell Howser, Rick Steves' Europe and Road Trip Nation.
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