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Presenter : Megan McCormick

West India

Megan McCormick’s journey in one of the ultimate travellers’ destinations, West India, begins in the small holy town of Megan McCormickPushkar. Along with hundreds of thousands of visitors, she takes part in the annual religious festival and receives a blessing on the shores of the lake. The town is also famous for its camel fair every November and Megan drives a hard bargain with the traders.

After a gruelling 8 hour bus ride north to Bikaner, a remote desert city, Megan puts on a brave face and visits the extraordinary Karnimassar Temple. The temple is filled with rats, which are worshiped as the reincarnations of story tellers. In a small village just outside the city she bears witness to fire-dancing at the Sidh sect festival.

The golden city of Jaisalmer, which was built in the 12th century, is at the very heart of Rajasthan. Megan, with her hands freshly adorned with henna, wanders through the market streets and samples Bhang Lassi, the infamous local speciality, at the Jaisalmer Fort.

Megan makes the most of the renowned tailors in Udaipur, ‘The Venice of the East’, and has a traditional Punjabi suit made in just a few hours. Meanwhile a famous astrologer tells Megan what the next few years have in store for her.

Megan makes a brief stop at Ranakpur, the site of one of the oldest and most impressive Jain temples in India, before heading 400 miles south by plane to Mumbai, formerly Bombay – the biggest, fastest and richest city in India. Startled by the number of street children in Mumbai, Megan pays a visit to a children’s hostel and learns that travellers can volunteer to teach English at the hostel while in Mumbai.

Whilst in Mumbai, Megan goes to Bollywood, where 750 feature films are made every year, and meets popular actor Jackie Shroff. Before leaving town Megan samples local cuisine at Juhu Beach, Mumbai’s answer to New York’s Coney Island.

Megan McCormick teaches English in Mumbai Some people come to India just to visit Pune, the home of the Osho community. Megan takes instruction in the community’s beliefs and witnesses meditation and trance-like dancing.

Megan takes the overnight train from Mumbai toGoa, the holiday resort made famous by hippies in the 1960s. She scours Goa’s markets for mementoes of her trip and finds bargains to be had Anjuna Market, which was started by unfortunate travellers 30 years ago who had to sell the contents of their ruck-sacks to raise their fare home.

 

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