30,000 years ago, humans arrived in India, a sprawling subcontinent separated from the rest of mainland Asia by the foreboding Himalayan mountains. Since that time, this land has become the home of some of the world’s most ancient, beautiful, and vibrant cultures. The faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism found their genesis among the wildly diverse landscapes of the subcontinent, from the Thar Desert to the banks of the mighty Ganges River. Now, India is one of the most populous countries in the world, home to a staggering population of over one billion people.
Soon, sixteen more will join them.
While human civilization and its impact are visible across India, there are still untouched pockets of wild, existing as magical worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of India’s swelling cities. One such example is the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats Mountain Range, a conglomerate of six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries spanning across three separate states. These tropical rainforests of India inspired British author Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book, which helped spread the mystique of this land to Western audiences. It is in these very jungles where a diverse group of American citizens from all walks of life will be abandoned and forced to fend for themselves, reliant on only their wits and one another to create a new society in a place inhabited by cobras, elephants and tigers. Every three days, these castaways will vote as a tribe to eliminate one of their fellow castaways, until only one remains to claim a prize of a million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor.
Who has what it takes to outwit, outplay, and outlast all the others?