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

Paul Salopek/Out of Eden, Bhavita B/Out of Eden

Saving India’s Wild-spaces, but at what cost?

Date: May 18, 2019
Approximate GPS Location: (25.69°N, 86.06°E)

Salopek has continued along the Buddha trail through Bihar state, India. With walking partner Bhavita Bhatia he has observed how India is struggling to protect its last natural areas.

As India's population approaches 1.4 billion the need to protect natural resources is greater than ever, but only 5% of the sprawling country is marked as protected land. As the government attempts to expand or create national parks, there is often a hidden cost: the eviction and relocation of the local population. Salopek calls these people “green refugees” and they are often from the lowest strata of India's caste society.

Day after day Salopek and Bhatia now continue onwards across Bihar and toward India's eastern boundaries.


update history

Clear Skies and Snow-Capped Peaks

April 13, 2022 // Out of Eden

Lunar New Year in the Himalaya

February 23, 2022 // Out of Eden

From Rural Life to Outer space

January 26, 2022 // Out of Eden

On through Yunnan on the old silk road

January 11, 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!