Out of Eden

*The Best Quest is in no way involved with this journey/expedition. Photo credits –

Paul Salopek/Out of Eden

Black Skies in Manipur

Date: November 03, 2019
Approximate GPS Location: (24.99°N, 93.41°E)

Salopek’s encounters with inquisitive locals have continued in Manipur, India. In the Tamenglong District, a farmer was keen to show him a collection of coins he had found at a remote jungle site. According to village elders the site was used to execute dozens of captured British and Indian soldiers by the Japanese in World War II.

Then, in Manipur’s foothills, Salopek witnessed the sky turn black. Some 30,000 Amur falcons had emerged from their roosts in the hills to hunt. The huge flocks migrate between Siberia and Africa every year.

Though he hasn’t been stopped in Manipur, Salopek has recently updated his map of police check-points. During his six year trek he has mapped every police stop and categorized them as friendly (green), investigative (yellow) or detained (red). You can see a snapshot of the 103 stops in the gallery.


update history

Out of Eden

A Decade On Foot

January 17, 2023 // Out of Eden
Out of Eden

The Beifu Tea Porters

November 14, 2022 // Out of Eden

The Muli Kingdom

June 15, 2022 // Out of Eden



There are no comments on this update yet. Check back soon, or be the first to leave a comment


The Best Quest provides visual experiences of journeys. One by one you see the latest updates from the best expeditions and journeys currently under way around the world.

Sign Up

Sign up for our biweekly journey summary letter!