We, Indians, are ‘Jabra fan’ of our very own Bollywood Hindi films. Whether it’s a romantic drama, a comedy, a thriller or a periodical movie, we love them all. We love their characters, we laugh with them, we cry with them, then why not to travel with them.
The exotic and beautiful locations in India can compete with any of the foreign locations. Many of the Bollywood movies have been shot at historic Indian cities and colourful small hamlets unveiling the beautiful Indian panorama on their 70 mm scale.
Bombay being the home to Bollywood is the obvious place to explore. Here are 15 Bollywood movies shot in different beautiful locations in India which can, even has given a new meaning to the tourism of ‘Incredible India’.
1. 'Highway': plan a road trip from Delhi to Kashmir
A ‘magnum opus’ of Imtiaz Ali and Alia Bhatt is a retreat to eyes for people who love travelling. Shot at different locations of Aru valley, Kashmir; Spiti, Himachal Pradesh; Nurmahal, Punjab and Ajmer, Rajasthan, one can truly get mesmerized seeing different hues of our beautiful country.
2. '3 Idiots': can’t resist to travel Ladakh
An unforgettable story of ‘three friends’ aka ‘3 Idiots’ is one of the reasons why Pangong lake in Ladakh is so famous today. The number of tourists visiting this lake has almost grown more than double after release of this movie. This lake is definitely not a thing to miss, but beware of the fragile ecosystem of this beautiful cold dessert and don’t litter around. And who can forget the beautiful ‘mall road’ and church of Shimla shown in this movie.
3. 'Jab We Met': I love mountains!!!
The adventures of ‘Geet’ take you on a tour to north India. Starting from Mumbai to fields of Punjab, further to Shimla, Manali and Rohtang Pass. She makes you fall in love with mountains. We just can’t forget the beautiful mountains and culture of Himachal shown in song 'ye ishq haye’.
4. 'Taal': A beautiful Himalayan Hamlet
Shot in picturesque locations of Chamba, the song ‘taal se taal mila’ gives a travel goal to visit this small village in Himalaya and feel the essence of nature. The lush green landscape, surrounding mountains and drizzling monsoon, what else can you ask for.
5. 'Ye Jawani Hai Deewani' : Trekking with friends
This movie gives the ultimate life goal, enjoy the life to the fullest. Trek with friends to some ultimate destination like Himachal, plan a perfect wedding destination in place like Udaipur. This movie has made famous many of the travel destinations like 'Hidimba temple' in Manali and 'Bagore ki Haweli' in Udaipur.
6. 'Jodha Akbar': the ultimate royal beauty
This period drama has been shot in ‘Amer Fort’. Situated in Gulabi Shaher ‘Jaipur’, this fort boasts a magnificent royal beauty. While your visit to Jaipur, you can also plan a visit to Hawamahal, Jantar Mantar and many more historical monuments.
7. 'Ranjhana': Banarasiya
Which movie can explain the ghats and Mandir of Banaras better than this. The perfect Banarasi Pandit ‘Kundan’ adds to the glory of this movie urging to visit Banaras immediately.
8. 'Barfi': ‘itti si khushi’ in Darjeeling toy train
Mostly shot in Darjeeling and Kolkata, this movie gives a travel goal to explore both the places. To enjoy the toy train and tea gardens of Darjeeling as Barfi did, and to witness Howrah Bridge and river Hooghly in Kolkata .
9. 'Rang De Basanti': Colors of North
Showing true colors of Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan, this movie portrays ‘India Gate’ and ‘Swarna Mandir’ like no other. Remember ‘the jumping scene’ and chasing the ‘aeroplane scene’, both have been shot in 'Nahargarh fort' near Jaipur and 'Doraha fort' near Ludhiana respectively, giving a new identity to these locations.
10. 'Golmaal Again': ultimate Ooty
The fourth installment of Golmaal franchise has been shot in Ooty. The beautiful tea gardens in the songs of this movie are a reason enough to pack your bags and travel to Ooty. Many other movies including 'Sajan', 'Raaz', 'chaiya chaiya' song has been shot in Ooty revealing its multi-hued beauty.
11. 'Dil Chahta hai': Go Goa
This movie started a new trend -plan a trip to goa with friends. The Aguada fort aka ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort became a symbol of friendship. Goa has always been the party capital of India, to which this movie added another charm.
12. 'Raavan': Athirapally falls
You might have forgotten the movie Raavan, but you must be remembering the song ‘Behne de’ and the divine location where it was shot. It was the ‘Athirapally waterfalls’ in Kerala. The lush green forest behind and the waterfall at its zenith compels one to come and visit this place.
13. 'Chennai Express': Splendid South
Apart from Shahrukh and Deepika, the major attraction of this movie was the beautiful locations. The breath taking Dudhsagar fall in its full swing and beautiful tea gardens of Munnar shot for this movie are never to be forgotten.
14. 'Koyla': Pristine Arunachal
This is one of the few movies which has exploited the ultimate beauty of Arunachal Pradesh. Shot majorly in Tawang, this movie captures some hidden beauty of Nuranang falls, Sungester lake (also known as Madhuri Lake after this movie), dense forests and perfect wilderness of Arunachal.
15. 'Rangoon': Exploring the North East
Most of the parts of this movie was shot in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The vast green landscapes, meandering river and dense forests of Arunachal simply give the travel goals to the travelers. The Brahmaputra river also looks so scenic and magnificent in the shoot.
There are many more films like 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', 'Rockstar', 'Ashoka' which have depicted vivid colors of India and its true essence which I could not mention here. Being such a beautiful and large country, there are still many places who have not find their space yet to the big screen. The existence of these beautiful locations on 70 mm screen makes them even more wonderful and notable, which we can definitely give a try for our next travel plan.
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