Visiting places like the Rat Temple in India - home to about
20,000 rats - features in a new Dunedin-produced television
series which premieres tomorrow night.
Tough Rides India follows the adventures of Canadian
brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle, who were inspired by the 1987
movie Wall Street to abandon the rat race and explore
developing countries on motorbikes.
It premieres at 8.30pm tomorrow on the Travel Channel.
In 2010, the intrepid pair circumnavigated China.
''I met them soon after that and suggested we make a series,
which we shot in India last year,'' said series co-writer and
producer Kyle Murdoch, of Natural History New Zealand in
''We really wanted to do stuff that was interesting and
surprising and showed the diversity of the country and how
people live,'' Mr Murdoch said.
''We also wanted interesting off-the-bike stories; otherwise
it's just guys on bikes.''
In the six-part series the Pyle brothers attempt to travel
14,000km in 54 days, riding some of the most dangerous roads
in the world, through deserts and mountains, in all sorts of
''There were some places I really wanted them to go to, like
the Rat Temple [Karni Mata] in Rajasthan,'' Mr Murdoch said.
''The Hindus believe the rats there are their ancestors
reincarnated as rats, so they look after them.
''Rohtang Pass, which literally translates as 'Pile of
Corpses', and is one of the world's most dangerous roads, was
another place we wanted them to visit.''
A third series is planned in Indonesia next year.