Most of us, at some point in our lives, have fantasised a few romantic scenes or envisioned ourselves as the protagonist of the film. Be it the Fort Aguada of 'Dil Chatha Hai' fame or Pahalgam in 'Rockstar,' visiting these movie locations and recreating scenes have always been the way forward for many moviegoers. And with so many better travel options, these movie locations are not exotic anymore. Some of them might be in your town!
Here is a list of famous movie destinations for all those who are either looking to recreate some Bollywood moments with their loved ones or who are seeking inspiration for their next holiday plan.
1. Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is a land of many natural bounties. From snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes to stunning snowy road routes and fun activities, Manali attracts tons of tourists for various reasons. One of them being, it was featured in 'Jab We Met!' This romantic drama directed by Imtiaz Ali, embraced the beauty of Manali with passion. Ever since Rohtang pass was immortalised on the celluloid by 'Jab We Met', many movie-buffs, nature lovers and biker enthusiasts from across the country have made this their favourite choice to recreate a stunning Bollywood scene.
2. Pangong Lake, Ladakh
Some may wonder, a few might even be oblivious to the name, but the image of Aamir Khan at the serene Pangong Lake with the background of azure blue sky and high mountains will surely remind you of the movie '3 Idiots'. The journey along Manali and other highlands are synonymous to the vastness of the great Himalayas. The lakes beauty is beyond comparison, and it is one of the best places to recreate a movie scene with your friends. Besides that, the journey to this destination, whichever route; they are as marvellous as the destination.
3. Fort Aguada, Goa
Goa is a perfect getaway as illustrated in the movie 'Dil Chata Hai;' it offers umpteen number of destinations and Bollywood moments to visit and recreate. The iconic scene of three friends sitting on the dull bricks of the Fort Aguada and admiring the view of a sunset is the most recreated Bollywood movie images ever. From teenagers to millennials, every Bollywood fan knows the prominence of that scene and its relevance to the landmark. Besides Fort Aguada, Goa hosts several beaches. And it is ever-beautiful throughout the year.
4. Munnar Tea Plantations, Kerala
Many reckon Kerala is all about stunning backwaters and beaches. Nevertheless, Bollywood has proved them wrong. Movies such as 'Nishabd' and the Hollywood blockbuster, 'Life Of Pi', have beautifully showcased Munnar in different shades. However, it is 'Chennai Express', featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, that changed the status of this rustic untouched beauty. There are many iconic scenes from the movie shot amid these tea plantations that are worth recreating with your loved ones. It is considered to be a new romantic destination of South India, thanks to its cameos in Bollywood movies. And more and more Bollywood movies are moving to South India in search of beautiful movie locations, and Munnar serves as a torch-bearer for this cause.
5. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
This misty paradise was a background setting for one of the best movies of 2016, 'Kapoor & Sons'. Set amid the stunning natural bounties, the director has pretty much used every nook and corner of Coonoor. A lot of scenes involve Alia Bhatt taking a stroll with Sidharth Malhotra along the rolling hills. You can recreate many such scenes with your loved ones with the natural setting. With lush green rolling hills, misty mountains and serene lakes, Coonoor is one the most visited destinations in South India. If you are looking for a weekend getaway with your partner in South India, visit Coonoor, because the place is perfect to rekindle any relationship.
6. Pahalgam, Jammu
Running around the tree on a snowy mountain, riding along with the snow-filled pathways and drinking tea amid cold windchills is a proper representation of a Bollywood Movie. And Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakri in 'Rockstar' surely did that in the natural settings of Pahalgam. You can recreate the scenes without any restriction or hesitation with your partner, as the locations are free to visit and less crowded. Situated at an altitude of 8990 ft, this tourist destination is a perfect getaway for couples and honeymooners.
7. Doraha Fort, Ludhiana
This offbeat destination is favourite among the students and teenagers of Ludhiana. Doraha Fort played a pivotal role in the movie 'Rang De Basanti'. 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 from across Punjab. It is said tens of thousands of people flock in every year to live their Bollywood moment. Though there is no Indian Air Force base nearby, it is still a tourist hotspot.
8. Marine Drive, Mumbai
One cannot miss Marine Drive in the list of Bollywood movie locations. The cameo this landmark has made in Bollywood movies is innumerable. The sight of Marine Drive is synonymous with dreams and freedom. It is hard to name all the movies as there too many, but scenes from 'Munnabhai MBBS' and 'Wake Up Sid' gave much-deserved acclamation to this iconic Bollywood landmarks. Tens of thousands of people visit Marine Drive every year to recreate Sanjay Dutt's famous walk.
9. India Gate, Delhi
From 'Dilli 6' and '3 Idiots' to 'Rockstar' and 'Rang De Basanti,' this historical place has been as substantial as any other movie character in the movies. The view of ever-glowing India Gate in the night represents the pride of India. The count of security guards has increased around this landmark since the iconic scene of a victory lap from Rang De Basanti went viral. Thus, making it hard to recreate the moment. Nevertheless, you can surely visit India Gate with your friends to recreate the sense of patriotism.
10. Howrah Bridge, West Bengal
Many stereotype the view of Howrah bridge to Bengal. And it is rightly so because, in the city of Joy, Howrah Bridge is the protagonist. Bollywood has made this classic landmark its own. The scene from the movie 'Barfi' showcases the Howrah bridge at its best. An innocent role-play at the base of Howrah Bridge will make a perfect 'Barfi' moment. Movies aside, this landmark also represents an infectious vibe of Kolkata's culture altogether. Because of its influence on Bollywood, it is one of the famous tourist attractions in India and an epicentre in Kolkata.
While travel may have ups and downs, it ultimately leads to a happy ending, just like the movies.