Follows the historian Michael Wood as he travels the continent of India from Delhi in the north to Tamil in the south, investigating why for centuries the subcontinent has attracted Westerners in search of life's spiritual answers. In Benares, the holy "city of light", he meets a lawyer and a headmaster who became Sahdus. They explain some aspects of Hindu thought and philosophy and discuss the importance of the sacred Ganges. In villages in the Ganges plain, he finds that the extended family and traditional religion are still the basis of everyday life. Intellectuals in Calcutta explain the complexities of modern India. In the Tamil south, where there are more temples than the rest of India put together, the 1000 year old temple of Shiva at Shivandran celebrates the maleness and femaleness of Shiva, Lord of the Dance.