Kashmir - popularly known as Paradise on Earth has been a popular destination for many Bollywood Filmakers. Surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation, the valleys of Kashmir have always been synonymous with romance and rebellion in Bollywood. With so many movies shot in the picturesque valley, Kashmir has gained popularity on the tourism front also. Many travellers in large numbers have started flocking to the exotic locations where some of the Bollywood movies are shot.
Read on to know more about this exotic locations on your next visit to Kashmir!
Pangong Lake is one of the most scenic routes in Ladakh. Its beauty lies in the deep blue colour of the water and the varied hues of the mountains surrounding it. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. Pangong Tso can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road.
The road crosses the villages of Shey and Gya and traverses the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or "The Crazy Stream". The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September.
Movies Shot: Dil Se, 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan
The 12-storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings apart from the sacred shrines and other precious objects to be seen. Thiksey is one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. The beautiful monastery is located about 16 from Leh and can be easily accessed by tourists vehicles. The Matho Gompa and Shey Gompa located nearby are added attractions of the place.
Movies Shot: Dil Se and Tashan
Pari Mahal' or 'Fairies Abode' is situated on a hillock overlooking the beautiful Dal Lake.
The Pari Mahal garden is located atop Zebanwan mountain, southwest of Dal Lake and approximately 5 km west of the center of Srinagar. The beautiful garden is located in the heart of Srinagar city and can be easily accessed on foot or auto. There are many luxury and budget accommodations for travellers to choose from according to their needs. Movie scene shot at this place is Lamhaa.
The Nishat Bagh
The Nishat Bagh is one of the Mughal Gardens in Kashmir, with its 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake.
It is situated on the banks of the famous Dal Lake. The beautiful garden is located in the heart of Srinagar city and can be easily accessed on foot or auto. There are many luxury and budget accommodations for travellers to choose from according to their needs. Movie scene shot at this place is Lamhaa.
About 95 km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is today the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. It is Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the heights of summer. Pahalgam has a 9-hole golf course at 2400m above sea level. The Lidder River has excellent fishing boats for brown trout. The Valley is surrounded by snow-covered mountains peaks, dense pine and deodar forests. Some of the famous movies shot here are Mausam and Silsila.
A shikara ride is one of the most soothing, relaxing aspects of a holiday in Srinagar. It is worth to take a pleasure ride around the lake in a shikara. Sightseeing on a shikara boat in Dal Lake and Nagin lakes culminates to a romantic trip especially if you are seated inside canopies of the Dal lake shikara boats. The feeling of joy and pleasure is unaccountable and the experience definitely unforgettable. The banks of the Dal Lake and Nagin Lake along the Boulevard road in Srinagar, feature several Shikara Boat Ghats where the boats are available for hire. The Shikara Boat Ride is open to tourists all round the year except during winter months (December - January) when the lake becomes frozen.
Movie Shot: Mission Kashmir, Kashmir ki Kalli