In the second episode of Joanna Lumley’s India, airing on Wednesday 12 July at 9.00pm on ITV, Joanna meets the Maharaja of Dungapur, who shows her around his lakeside palace which has been home to 23 generations of his family.
She explores the Pleasure Pavilion, the mirrored floors and his collection of vintage cars. In stark contrast, when Joanna travels to Gujarat, she visits a Dalit community, considered to be India’s lowest caste. She hears about the everyday discrimination these people experience under India’s still deeply entrenched 3,000 year old caste system.
Joanna joins in a Hindu house-warming ceremony, where a cow and calf are brought into the new house for luck, and she is amazed by the Ellora Caves, over 100 caves dating from AD 600 to 1,000 and carved from solid rock to form spectacular temples. Braving the roads of Mumbai, Joanna takes a ride in the city’s only all-female taxi company and visits the Times of India, where her uncle was editor of the paper in the 1930s and 40s. Money and development are pouring into Mumbai and Joanna overcomes her vertigo to explore the World One Tower – soon to be Mumbai’s tallest luxury residential building. In this metropolis there are plenty of buyers for these and other luxury apartments.
Joanna Lumley’s India Episode 2 airs Wednesday 12 July 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.