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Rural Nepal - Village Life in the Middle Hills

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Life in the accessible "middle hills" of Nepal, recorded during the monsoon season (July) and in the dry season (November). The locations in this video all have road access and are easily accessible from Kathmandu. The Mahabharat Range of mountains lie between the ice clad peaks of the Himalayas to the north and the populous and flat Terai to the south. Elevations are between 1,500 and 2,700 metres. The southern slopes of the Mahabharat Range are steep and largely uninhabited, but the crest and northern slopes slope gently enough to support upland pastures and terraced fields. Nepal's densely populated middle hills begin along the crest, extending north through lower valleys and other "hills" until population thins out above 2,000 meters.

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Overnight: Gamelan Bali (Balinese Gamelan) - Traditional Music

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Gamelan Balinese

You can find gamelan music all through Indonesia. This video is from Bali.

From YouTube:

Bali Island is one of the thousands islands constructing the Indonesian Archipelago that has long been famous as a leading tourist destination in South Pacific or even in the world for its exotic and vibrant art and culture, natural beauties and the hospitality of the people.

You can read more here.

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Overnight: The Archers of Bhutan

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Bhutan

Another country I'd love to visit sometime.

From YouTube:

The small country of Bhutan is roughly the size of Switzerland and has been completely isolated from the rest of the world for a long time.

While the country is opening itself to the outside world they are still strong in their traditions. Every weekend a competition will be held between two villages to find out who has the best archers.

Visit the country, the people and the competition and witness all the strange but fascinating ways used to get an advantage over the opposing team.

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Overnight: The Trans-Siberian Railway

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Overnight Trans Siberian Railway

I've read about the Trans-Siberian Railway a number of times, most notably in The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Before this documentary, I had never seen aerial footage of the route nor understood what a monumental undertaking it was.

From the 'About' information on YouTube:

For those who travel for the pleasure of the journey, those who believe that getting there is as much fun as being there, Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway has long been an almost mythic experience. It is the longest continuous rail line on earth, each run clattering along in an epic journey of almost six thousand miles (or about ten thousand kilometers) over one third of the globe. For most of its history, the Trans-Siberian journey has been an experience of almost continuous movement, seven days or more of unabated train travel through the vast expanse of Russia. A great part of the pleasure of such a trip is simply sitting back and watching the land go by. However, most travelers on the Trans-Siberian find that interaction with other passengers, both Russians and tourists, is what makes the trip an unforgettable experience. Today, with far fewer travel restrictions, it is possible to use the rail journey as the core of a more varied tour. Travelers can enjoy stopovers in many of the Russian cities and towns along the route, from the historic Volga port of Yaroslavl to Irkutsk and the scenic Lake Baikal region.

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