When it comes to Bollywood, film-makers leave no stone unturned in ensuring that a film is visually alluring and appealing. From spending a hefty chunk of money in booking exotic locations, to ensuring all permissions and necessary processes are in place, producers never like settling for less. But in addition to exotic foreign locations, India itself has been explored and exploited by our film-makers.
From Dil Chahta Hai’s fort to DDLJ’s sarso-ke-khet, your bucket list must have these 13 places if you’re a Bollywood fan!
1. Chapora Fort, Goa
Not many people know the real name of the place that was popularly known as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai fort’ after the release of Aamir Khan starrer Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. In fact, Goa tourism claimed that it was after DCH, that there was a rise of 20 per cent in tourist footfall. Recently, another film that made many people excited about visiting Goa was Finding Fanny, which was shot in locations like Lisbon House in Assagao village, Siolim bridge, Three King’s Church, St Jacinto Bridge, Divar island and other places in Goa. If you’re a Bollywood Buff, you have to see this fort at least once!
2. Pangong Lake, Ladakh
You can’t estimate the number of people who’ve googled “3 Idiots climax location” after 3 Idiots released! Yes, people fell in love with Ladakh instantly. The beautiful Pangong Tso or the Hollow Lake is 14,000 ft, and extends from India to Tibet. It has already allured film-makers like Mani Ratnam, Rajkumar Hirani and Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Apart from being one of the largest salt-water lakes in Asia, it has always been a major attraction for travel enthusiasts. Also, how can we forget our very own King Khan riding a bullet on Ladakh roads in Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Kashmir, better known as ‘paradise on earth’, has been a hot-favorite location option for film-makers, purely because of its enticing and captivating beauty. We have loved Kashmir the way it was shown in films like Haider, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Rockstar, Highway and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Actor Anupam Kher once said, “Many filmmakers are going to Kashmir as it serves as the backdrop of their stories but we are yet to see people go and shoot there for its sheer beauty. I feel it will eventually happen.” We guess it is finally happening!
4. Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh
We can’t thank Imtiaz Ali enough because he explores India so magically in all his films. We just about saw Kareena Kapoor dancing on ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye’ in the popular film Jab We Met,and in no time, Rohtang Pass became a hot-spot for both travel enthusiasts and Bollywood lovers who love exploring such destinations. Rohtang Pass is located at a height of 3979 metres and at a distance of 51 kms from Manali, on the highway to Keylong/Leh.
5. Doraha Sarai Fort
If you love AR Rahman and have been an ardent fan of Rang De Basanti, this one is for you. The song ‘Tu Bin Bataye’ was shot in Doraha Sarai Fort in Punjab and in no time, the fort became an apt place for people who have just a day in hand and are looking for a perfect weekend getaway. If you’re driving from Delhi to Ludhiana via Ambala City, you can’t miss this beauty!
6. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
The ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ spot is none other than Nahargarh Fort which is in Jaipur. If you loved the scene in the film Rang De Basanti when ‘Sukhi’ (Sharman Joshi) falls freely, having a beer and chilling with his friends, you can’t miss visiting Nahargarh. If you’re a ‘small joys make me happy’ person, Nahargarh Fort is the place. Whether you want a perfect sunset or sunrise. Your call!
7. Fatehpur Sikri
Not many know that Fatehpur Sikri was used as the backdrop for several scenes in the 1997 film Pardes, which had Shah Rukh Khan and Mahima Chaudhary in pivotal roles. Located an hour’s drive away from the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, the city of Fatehpur Sikri has not been explored much. If you love exploring ancient monuments, Fatehpur Sikri must definitely be on your list!
8. Mustard Fields of Punjab
If you’re a Bollywood fan and still don’t have a selfie at the highly famous ‘DDLJ Sarso ke khet’, you must reconsider your loyalty to Bollywood. Jokes aside, Punjab is your best bet if you’re looking for scenic adventure.
8. Marine Drive, Mumbai
The 3-kilometer long boulevard which is like a massive window to the Arabian Sea is a hot favorite destination for Bollywood shoots. Whether it’s ‘Ishq Bulava’ fromHasee Toh Phasee or the climax of Wake Up Sid, it won’t be wrong to say that Marine Drive is one of the best ways to show the essence of Mumbai. If you visit Mumbai, you can’t miss watching a sunset at Marine Drive!
9. Singara-kachori shop on SN Banerjee Road, Kolkata
Kolkata’s latest landmark is the singara-kachori shop on SN Banerjee Road. Big B was recently seen cycling around the streets of Kolkata for Shoojit Sircar’s Piku.The 72-year-old Big B was seen on the shop opposite the Calcutta Municipal Corporation headquarters. Wearing an elegant loose pink kurta, grey trousers, blue sleeveless sweater and a white cap, this Piku Star was shown showcasing Calcutta via symbolic yellow taxi and a roadside singara-kachori shop. After he shot for this scene, @SrBachchan tweeted: “What a joy in trundling off on a cycle through the early morning streets of Kolkata, eating kachori, jalebi (for film only).. So now you know where to enjoy street food right? 😉
10. Chittorgarh Fort
If you remember Bunny and Naina’s (Deepika Padukone & Ranbir Kapoor) conversation in the film sunset just before Kalki Koechlin’s wedding? Though the place has been shown as a part of Naina and Bunny’s Udaipur adventure, but the place is none other than the majestic Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. If you love Rajasthan, you can’t miss this beautiful piece of historic master-piece.
11.Sukna Reserve Forest
It was after Anurag Basu’s Barfi that finally the world got to see Darjeeling. It won’t be wrong to say that the film became more or less, the brand ambassador for the Queen of the Hills-Darjeeling! Anurag Basu “I am utterly pleased with the news of Barfi being selected to be screened in the Oscars next year in the foreign film category. But I am equally pleased that the world will see Darjeeling on the silver screen.”! If North-Eastern adventure excites you, this Barfi location is just apt!