From Leh, the capital of Ladakh, to Benares in the valley of the Ganges, the route crosses the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of 5000m. Rancid butter, incense, and petrol are the three distinctive smells of the Himalayas and will follow travelers during their voyage. In a car, the mountainous and woodsy landscape flashes by. Encounters never end: Chang Tang nomads with their sheep and their pashmina goats, malicious road workers covered with tar, a young fighter who dreams of the Olympics. This episode intends to revisit India, through a journey that transcends dream and imagination.
About Mythical Roads:
Whether remote or packed with tourists, recent or old, famous or forgotten, certain routes are paved with legends. This series explores itineraries that have made history across five continents—some roads and rivers that separated countries, and others that formed links, creating pathways for traders, fortune-seekers, evangelists, conquerors, and travelers. As historical symbols, these routes now ignite the imaginations of millions of people in search of adventure and freedom.
The original and poetic approach of this series casts a new light on these mythical roads. Throughout the journey, the routes unfold through the eyes of the men and women who live and work along them, and who continue to sustain the legends.
Personal adventures alternate with extraordinary explorations, unforgettable encounters, and surprising developments.