It was the empty pair of shoes lying by the side of the dirt track which really bothered me. After all, this was Bandhavgarh National Park, which we were told has the highest density of tigers in India, and those lonely leather shoes were only a few hundred metres inside the main gate.
Vincent Ross visits the Indian town of Nimah where he interviews the region’s gipsies, famous for snake charming, puppeteering, pottery and juggling. DNA evidence shows India was the birthplace of the world’s gipsies. The bloodline of the Roma people, or gipsies, dates back to pre-1000AD, when their forefathers migrated westwards from northern India, spreading throughout Europe.
Vincent Ross learns what to look for in a good camel at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan’s Thar desert, in northern India. With camels, as with cars, one secret is to “ride before you buy”!
When John Roberts first saw Pang Kam Sao on the streets of Bangkok, he knew he had to save this young elephant. That rescue led to the creation of Anantara Elephant Camp in Northern Thailand, a gentle home to 34 Asian elephants, 53 mahouts, a dozen wives and as many children.
Asian elephants and their mahouts in Northern Thailand share a language of physical commands and over 70 verbal commands developed over generations elephants. It’s called Elephant Language.
Bunjae Artpia — on Jeju Island, 80km off the coast of South Korea, is the epitome of one man’s passionate sacrifice; a Korean pig farmer’s dream blossomed into reality — a garden of more than 2,000 bunjae (bonsai) trees.
Bum-young Sung, the humble and brilliant creator of Bunjae Artpia, known as the world’s most beautiful garden, shares advice on how to fully appreciate bunjae (known as bonsai in Japan).
Here eccentricity is acceptable, a place where a former north Queensland crocodile wrestler can charge visitors a $2 donation to look through his dugout, filled with erotic and weird artwork, its walls festooned with thousands of pairs of bras and knickers “donated” by visiting female tourists.
On April 25 each year, Australia pays homage on Anzac Day to its sons killed in war at Gallipoli. Vincent Ross recalls travelling to the land where so many thousands of Australians, New Zealanders, Turks, Brits, French, Indians and Canadians met their death because they were landed on an impossible stretch of coastline, the tragic casualties of British imperialism.