National Geographic India starts docu-series on Jharkhand tourism
National Geographic India on Saturday started premiering Postcards from Jharkhand, a series of documentaries highlighting culture, tourist destinations and adventure hotspots of the state.
Coinciding with chief minister Hemant Soren announcing the new tourism policy of the state in New Delhi that day, the series aimed at showcasing Jharkhand before both the tourists and prospective investors. The production of the series was supported by the state government.
The series, comprising four 10-minute documentaries titled Nature’s Haven, Off the Beaten Track, Spiritual Sojourn and The Great Escape, covers vibrant culture, distinct traditions, heritage temples and beautiful landscapes, presenting those as preferred destinations of the tourists.
Besides rock art caves and ancient monuments, the series also covers Sohrai paintings and local cuisines.
It also covers tourist attractions such as McCluskieganj, Netarhat, Dalma hills, Lodh falls, Hundru falls and Betla National Park, besides Deori Mandir, Sun temple and Baidyanath Dham temple which draw a huge number of tourists every year.
Jamshedpur-born film and television actor Rasika Dugal, who acted in films like The Suitable Boy and Manto (based on the life and work of writer Saadat Hasan Manto), anchored the docu-series.
“With the series, we have captured the unparalleled beauty of Jharkhand to give our viewers an opportunity to explore, understand and appreciate the wonders of the state,” a National Geographic spokesperson said about the docu-series, adding Rasika, “as a local, will make the experience even more authentic and enriching for our viewers”.
On the occasion, chief minister Hemant Soren described Jharkhand as “a hidden treasure house of nature, culture and sustainable living” and expressed happiness over the state government’s collaboration with National Geographic on the project.
“From traces of ancient human civilisation to its picturesque beauty, charismatic heritage and deep-rooted indigenous traditions and communities, it’s a place you will feel at home,” Soren said about the state.