It never hurts to dream a little. Therefore, we thought of compiling 10 scenic Indian destinations that were made famous by Bollywood. So, when this pandemic is over, you can finally pack your bags, pick a place and just travel.
With constant reminders about following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks to fight Covid-19, travelling seems like the last thing on our minds right now. However, no pandemic can rob us of the yearning to reach new regions, explore stunning locales and visit the countryside.
International trips have become a long-forgotten dream as borders of most countries have been closed for tourists. So, why not look inward and visit the gorgeous locations of our country instead. Therefore, we thought of listing down 10 destinations around India that were made famous by Bollywood.
And in case you were wondering why now, we want to ask, why not now? There’s still time till we finally travel, so grab that pen and list down all the places you have ever wanted to visit. And once this all is over, pack your bags and travel!
If there is heaven on earth, then it is in Spiti and if you don’t believe us, google a few images. A few movies that were filmed at this scenic valley are Highway, Paap and Kesari. This Himalayan beauty is as beautiful in the winters, as it is in the summers. Tiny hamlets and serene monasteries are sprinkled across this desert mountain valley, and it is situated at a height of 13,000 feet.
Rohtang Pass has always been fancied by filmmakers looking for a location that truly depicts the marvels hidden in the laps of the Himalayas. And films like Jab We Met, Dev D and Highway have immortalised the snow-clad stretches of Rohtang Pass on the big screen. It is a perfect choice for those who are yearning to take their bike out to the hills.
Pangong Tso Lake
Remember Kareena Kapoor riding a yellow scooter dressed in wedding attire in 3 Idiots or Shah Rukh Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan? Well, both those films were shot at this pristine blue lake with the stunning backdrop of magnificent mountains in Ladakh. These two movies put this beautiful place on the map of travellers once again. Of course, we’re guessing by the time this pandemic is over and free-flow travel returns, China will also be done with its mischiefs in the area. When you plan a visit to this unforgettable destination, be considerate of the locals and the ecosystem of this beautiful cold desert.
Shimla and Mall Road have been a favourite among tourists for many decades now. But Bollywood made this familiar-looking hill station a favourite among Instagram-hungry travelers. This city situated on the Himalayan foothills makes appearances in films like Bang Bang, Jab We Met and 3 Idiots.
Bollywood’s love affair with Kashmir started a long time ago, when Shammi Kapoor showed us a glimpse of the green meadows and snow-capped mountains. However, recently, other Bollywood films that showed the beauty of this paradise on earth were Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Highway, Haider, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Though YJHD presented Gulmarg as Manali, the Valley’s beauty lured tourists to witness its majestic and pristine mountains.
Though Manali was always a popular tourist spot, it became popular after the famous Hadimba temple made an appearance in Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The town saw a boost in tourism after the film, as young Bollywood buffs escaped the city madness to visit this backpacking site.
A list talking about the attractions which were made popular by Bollywood is never complete without Goa. Dil Chahta Hai made Goa the quintessential dream goal of every young millennial. After that, several other films were shot in the state, some of them being Socha Na Tha, Simmba, Dilwale, Drishyam… the list is endless. The best way to make the most of Goa is to hire a scooter and just explore. And in case you want to experience the less travelled places, visit the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Galgibaga Beach, Hollant Beach, Harvalem Falls and more. We don’t know if your trip will materialise after the pandemic, but one can always hope.
The royalty and the grandeur of Udaipur’s havelis have been very well captured by Bollywood filmmakers on celluloid. This scenic lake city made a grand appearance in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela and is worth a visit. It is worth immersing yourself in the culture of this gorgeous city. So, when this pandemic is over, pick a weekend and hire a scooter as you go around just enjoying the cuisine, the art and the people.
Deepika Padukone dancing in the middle of a tea plantation with Shah Rukh Khan is sure to remind you of Munnar. Kerala’s backwaters have always been an ideal tourist spot, but Chennai Express brought forth the idyllic beauty of the South. In fact, after Chennai Express, Nishabd and Life of Pi, Munnar became one of the most sought-after destinations in South India.
From Main Hoon Na to Barfi, the film industry has always found inspiration in the splendid locales of Darjeeling. And of course, who can forget Rajesh Khanna singing Mere Sapnon Ki Rani for Sharmila Tagore in Aradhna as the toy train makes its way through the tea gardens. The lush tea gardens, the snow-capped mountains, the quaint architecture and the warm hospitality of its people make Darjeeling a place you would keep wanting to return to.
So, which destination are you visiting when this pandemic is over?