They say, “Cinema is one of the most powerful mediums to capture one’s senses and inspire them to do something.”
Since its beginning, Indian Cinema has always been an instrument in promoting various destinations of India across the globe. Be it a quaint hill station, a royal town, a remote village or a bustling metropolitan city – Bollywood has shown them beautifully through its stories.
Here are the top 5 amazing places, where you must visit if you are a true blue Bollywood fan:
1. Goa, Maharashtra: The Endless Blues and Beach Vibes!
For every 90s kid, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was the film that redefined friendship, fun and style early in the 21st century. This film showed Goa in a new light and made it more popular amongst the youth. The iconic Aguada Fort, white sandy beaches, and ancient architecture marvels attract visitors from across the nation. Also, Alia Bhatt’s ‘Dear Zindagi’ and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Finding Fanny’ presents the charming old Goa in a beautiful manner.
2. Udaipur, Rajasthan: Royalty is in the Air!
Remember Naina and Bunny from ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani’ sitting on top of a fort, enjoying the view of a sunset? Yes, that’s Udaipur, often referred to as the ‘City of Lakes’. It’s a go-to destination for filmmakers to showcase aesthetically constructed palaces and amazing boat rides on the lake. Films like Ramleela, Guide and Khuda Gawah were also shot at various locations of this royal city.
3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Of Temple Bells and Eternal Bliss
Where other than Varanasi would you find a boy fall into the Ganges at the first sight of his beloved? In Aanand L Rai’s ‘Raanjhnaa’, Varanasi plays an integral part to the story. This film shows Benaras in its full glory. Not only the lively ghats, colourful boats or festivals, but also the narrow bylanes are shot beautifully.
4. Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh: Get Ready for the Time Travel!
This serene town on the banks of River Narmada in Madhya Pradesh became more popular after being filmed in last year’s sleeper hit ‘Pad Man’. It has many colourful ghats, wooden houses and intricately built palaces. If you want to experience a peaceful ancient town then Maheshwar will not disappoint you.
5. Gulmarg, Kashmir: A slice of Heaven
Yahooo! This catchphrase by Shammi Kapoor in the film ‘Junglee’ still echoes in every film enthusiast’s heart. Shammi ji rolling down the ice in Gulmarg is a visual, deeply entrenched in everyone’s mind. Green meadows, snow-capped mountains and gurgling river – Gulmarg is where it’s all at! Besides Junglee, films like Haider, Rockstar, Haider have been shot here.
So, this National Tourism Day, Be Awara and Yuhi Chala Chal Rahi to explore these stunning places and live your filmy moments to the fullest.