Documentaries usually induce an automatic eye roll from people, especially educational or historic documentaries. No one would want to watch an hour-long informational movie about something that isn’t relevant to them. But let me tell you, documentaries are the best way to keep oneself informed about the vivid world that we live in (at least it’s better than opening a humongous encyclopedia with the tiniest text font) Let’s take history as an example. I, myself as a history student, would rather sit and watch a documentary than read a 600-page book about Maratha history. Documentaries are carefully curated and are hence factually correct which makes them a better watch than most historical movies. Here’s a list of a few of the best historical documentaries on Discovery that I assure you, won’t bore you:
One of the largest cut diamonds in the world, the Koh-i-Noor is a beautiful gem mined in India. But what makes people call it the cursed diamond? Follow Manoj Bajpayee as he unravels the history of the quest for the Kohinoor which is currently part of the Crowned jewels of the United Kingdom.
Discover the secrets of the great Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun while Egyptologists decode the history-making discovery of King Tut’s tomb by Howard Carter a century ago in King Tut: A century of Secrets. The discovery of King Tut’s complete tomb continues to be an archaeological feat of the century.
Egyptology is a fascinating subbranch of history. Get to know about the city of King Tutankhamun, and how the young King changed the course of Egyptian History and gave a boost to the onset of the Egyptian Golden Age with Dr. Zahi Hawass.
Medieval Indian history, predominated by the Delhi Sultanate, was characterized by numerous assassinations for control over India. These assassinations proved to be a changing point in the course of Indian History. Watch Rakkt on Discovery Plus to get an insight into these assassinations and to learn how family politics plays a huge role in a country’s history.
Amish Tripathi, well known for his Shiva Trilogy takes on a journey across the Indian subcontinent to reveal intriguing secrets about the Ramayana. It is a must-watch religious and historical documentary that will help you understand the mythological history of India better.
Revisit the wars fought by our brave Indian soldiers to defend Indian borders and get India to where it is today. You will truly feel the valour and bravery reflected as each episode deals with a separate war right from India’s independence. Here’s a glimpse of the Independence day special episode.
Learn the mystery of Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose’s untimely demise while following his journey and role in India’s freedom struggle. The documentary tries to answer the question of whether Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose actually died in a plane crash or not through real-life photos and videos.
Archaeology unveils unfathomable secrets that even scriptures don’t let us know of. Sinauli is one such ancient archaeological site whose excavations reveal secrets of the Indian Bronze Age (Early Vedic Period). Another documentary narrated by Manoj Bajpayee, Secrets of Sinauli is one of the ideal historical documentaries on Discovery Plus for history lovers.
With unseen footage, this documentary is a personal favourite. All the imagery and the videos rekindle the spirit of patriotism in the viewer which makes it worth watching!! The transformation of our motherland from a British colony to one of the leading countries in the global market is commendable.
One of the most shocking and chilling terrorist attacks, 9/11 was a tremendous blow to the world. The documentary follows the series of events that took place on that tragic day with the help of real-life footage and also dramatic recreations. It’s enough to give you chills and also remember the ones who lost their lives while trying to save others.
10. The Lost Lincoln
This documentary involves a lot of mystery and revolves around the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A then newly surfaced and highly coveted evidence of Lincoln’s assassination is discussed in this historical documentary. The authenticity is debatable, but will this evidence give them the answers that they seek?
I hope these historical documentaries on Discovery Plus prove to you that documentaries are not boring after all. They are a fun way to learn new things and be updated about the world around us. Let us know which historical documentary you liked the most from the list in the comments!