India is a country blessed with magnificent landscapes, beaches, hills, mountains, valleys and all kinds of natural beauty in abundance. So the country can never fall short of beautiful locations for shooting.
However, scouting for location is one of the most important, and sometimes a herculean task of movie-making. Places such as the sand dunes of Rajasthan, beaches of Goa and landscapes of Ladakh are no doubt the best, but they are quite common and travelling to each of these places might get expensive for a budding movie-maker.
If these are some of your concerns, then put your worries to ease! This article will give you a one-stop solution to all your troubles - Uttarakhand!
Considered as the "Land of Gods" by Hindus, Uttarakhand is a breathtaking state that is filled with beautiful lakes, rivers and the majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas. With all this natural beauty of the state's landscapes, Uttarakhand is a haven for movie-makers!
Here are some spots in Uttarakhand that are must be visited, especially if you are a budding movie-maker!
Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand
Although Uttarakhand is a fantastic place that can be visited any time of the year, the most pleasant time to visit Uttarakhand is during the summer months of March to June, when the weather is cool and balmy.
However, if you want to witness clear white snow, then winter months of October to February is preferable.
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Bedni Bugyal is one of the most exceptional high altitude grassland, that is perched at an altitude of 3350 m on the Garhwal mountains. It is a land that has shades of lush emerald green alpine meadows that runs infinitely.
With the view of Greater Himalayas in the backdrop, Bedni Bugyal makes for an ideal destination for shooting romantic movie scenes, or even a perfect romantic destination! It is nestled on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand.
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Fondly known as "Little Kashmir", the word Munsiyari literally translates to "place with snow". Located in the Pithoragarh district, Munsiyari is yet another breathtaking location, that is nestled amidst snow-capped mountain ranges of the Himalayas.
The quaint village of Munsiyari is tucked at a height of 2298 m, and is a favoured place for trekking. Panchauli is the main attraction of Munsiyari, which is a group of five peaks standing together, that offers a majestic appeal to the location. The village is the point of confluence for three glaciers namely, Namik, Milan and Ralam glaciers; an added bonus for all the movie-makers!
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Gwaldam is a magnificent little town, home to some of the most beautiful orchids that stretches up to the town of Talwari. The relatively untouched area of Gwaldam has serene apple orchards, lush green that is sprawling with numerous varieties of flowers and is surrounded with fir and pine trees.
Does the description sound heavenly to you? Because it surely is a view of heaven on earth that words simply cannot describe! Since Gwaldam is located at an altitude of 1700 m, it has a balmy weather throughout the year, perfect for those who cannot stand freezing weather.
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The hill station of Ranikhet is located in Almora district of Uttarakhand. Perched at an altitude of 1870 m, Ranikhet used to be the place of summer retreat during the British rule. The name comes from the belief that, the Queen Padmini of Kumaon was mystified by this little heavenly place, and made it her residence.
With its high altitude golf courses, tiny picturesque bungalows, beautiful hilly regions and apple, plum and peach orchards, Ranikhet makes for a great shooting destination, especially for those scenes that require a touch of the 90s!
Almost synonymous with Bedni Bugyal, Ali Bugyal is another spot of lush green alpine meadows. Since Bedni Bugyal steals most of the limelight when it comes to visiting the grasslands, Ali Bugyal remains an untouched, virgin grassland that is equally breathtaking, if not less!
So make sure to explore Ali Bugyal, located just 3 km away from its sister grassland, if you want a location that is deserted yet filled with nature's charm!
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A pleasant hilly village with a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas, cloaked with deodar, fir and oak trees. That is Khirsu for you! This enchanting village is settled at a height of 1700 m, and is quite an off-beat location.
The truly charming village of Khirsu is a place that must be visited, if you're looking for a quiet yet breathtaking location for shoot. Khirsu is located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand and is 15 km from Pauri so don't miss out on this idyllic place if you're at Uttarakhand.
Harsil is a hamlet settled on the banks of river Bhagirathi, a spot sought after mainly by nature enthusiasts. This can be the perfect location for a movie-maker while looking for a shot that includes gushing waters of a river, thickets of trees and chirping of birds, because Harsil has it all!
With deodar trees enveloping the arena and water flowing from River Bhagirathi, Harsil might just be what paradise would look like!