Who doesn’t like watching movies? Artistic, pristine and well-produced films have the power of teleporting people from their living room couches to the animated and visually colourful world. The three hours spent watching a movie give us a quick escape from our daily mundane routine. One movie a day keeps the blues away! Bollywood movies are action-packed, entertaining, glamourous, inspiring and educational too. They are a complete package carefully made to arouse the audience. How many times have you seen a movie and wished to visit the beautiful and enthralling shoot locations and picture-perfect sights? We have meticulously filtered out the top travel-inspired films and where they were shot to help you figure out your next vacation destination-
1. Rang De Basanti- 2006
A movie showcasing patriotism, sacrifice, history and politics of India through a brilliant storyline and acting while subtly representing the beauty of Delhi and Punjab. The film is primarily set in Delhi, with all the characters enrolled in a renowned Delhi University. Who remembers DJ and his gang taking victory rounds at Delhi’s famous India Gate or riding off into the sunset? Book hourly hotels in Delhi or dayuse hotels in Delhi to click memorable pictures with your group at this spot. The catchy song ‘Masti ki Paathshala’ was shot in the ‘Nahargarh Fort’ of Jaipur, where the characters took an occasional dive in the lake below. The movie made us fall in love with Punjab by showing the Golden Temple, the Hola Mohalla festival of Anandpur Sahib and the Durga Sarai fort of Ludhiana, which, since the release of the film, has been referred to as RDB fort.
2. Jab We Met 2007
After the release of Jab We Met, every girl wished for an Aditya while every boy wanted a Geet, but all the travel geeks wanted only one thing and that was to explore the picturesque locations shown in the film. The two characters in the movie meet on a train in Mumbai and tragically end up at the station after missing their train. This hilarious introduction is followed by them making pit-stops at Ratlam, Kota, Manali and Shimla, each time tangling in situations that made most of our heartbeats stop. The characters explore these small cities and towns on different commutes like a train, bus, cycle, jeep or rickshaw, etc making local transport look exciting. The popular song possibly used for many sangeet performances ‘Ye Ishq Hay’ was shot in the snowy mountains of ‘Rohtang Pass’ and ‘Nagar Castle’ a well-known tourist spot in the Kullu district. Follow Aditya and Geets footsteps by booking couple friendly hotels in Mumbai.
3. Love Aaj Kal 2009
The jolly romantic drama comedy takes you to the streets of Kolkata, Delhi, Punjab and even San Francisco, and you can find many dayuse hotels in Kolkata. The film depicts two modern-day characters, Meera and Jai, who fall in love with each other and date but mutually break up after a while when Meera is obliged to move to Delhi because of her career. Basically, they were not huge fans of long distance relationships. Later both cross paths again and realize they still have a feeling for each other. It also portrays a 90’s inspired flashback storyline of two lovers residing in Punjab who rebel against their parents to be with each other. This part of the film takes you to purani dilli and gives a short glimpse of Kolkata. From the stunning streets of Delhi to the charming Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, this movie urges us to hit the road. In case you are looking for an affordable place to stay in these lovely locales with your partner, reserve hourly hotels in Kolkata or couple friendly hotels in Kolkata.
4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2011
You can’t call ZNMD a movie, it is an emotion that taught us everything from overcoming our fears and prioritizing ourselves to the most valuable lesson, how to live life to the fullest and wholeheartedly. In a nutshell, the film is about three friends travelling for a bachelor trip to Spain, exploring and trying new things while letting go of their phobias. Some of these thrilling adventures included skydiving, deep sea diving, the spine-chilling Bull Run and the fun packed ‘La Tomatina’ festival. So, what are you waiting for? Embark on a thrilling journey with your friends and discover the true meaning of life. If you want to try skydiving but have a small budget visit Aamby valley near hourly hotels in Pune or dayuse hotels in Pune.
5. Barfi 2012
This movie will steal your heart with its stellar performance and pleasing visuals. The story revolves around a deaf and mute boy who resides in the quaint mountains, lush green forest and peaceful villages of Darjeeling. The narrow pathways and streets play an important role in telling the coming-of-age story of Barfi. The movie features some well-known spots of the town- the Clock tower, Glenary’s Café and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Later it unfolds in the beautiful city of Kolkata showing the strong character development of the main lead. Book couple friendly hotels in Kolkata to explore the city with your loved one. Most of the couple friendly hotels in Kolkata are close to the romantic spots saving time required for travelling. The movie will take you on a roller coaster ride with its heartfelt story and mesmerizing locations.
6. Chennai Express 2013
There won’t be a single soul who has not watched this entertainer. In this vibrant movie south meets north. The movie begins with Shahrukh Khan catching the wrong train and ending up in a mess with Meenamma (Deepika Padukone), a don’s daughter feeling home from a forceful marriage. Catch a glimpse of the Dudhsagar Falls in Goa and the verdant greenery of Munnar in this action-packed movie. With a view of the Devikulam hill station in Kerala, witness India’s first sea bridge the Pamban Bridge. Do we need to remind you of the romantic scene where Sharukh carries Deepika up a long flight of stairs in Vattamalal Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu? This 3-hour cinematic ride is the perfect example of a ‘Bollywood Masala’ movie full of drama, romance, action, dance and groovy tunes.
Chennai is a charming place, and this movie gives several reasons to add it to your travel bucket list. Get on the train and book hourly hotels in Chennai to live a dream.
7. YJHD (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani) 2014
A wonderful movie that will inspire you to leave everything and go on that long-awaited trip with your friends. It is similar to eating cake no matter how many times you watch it, you will never get bored. The movie is as heart-pounding as the breathtaking vistas and hill stations featured. The First half lures us through the landscapes of Gulmarg, Kashmir, and sparked the adventurer in us to go hiking and trekking in the majestic hills of the Himalayas. While the second half is filled with major destination wedding goals displaying royal palaces and magnificent forts of Rajasthan. The movie influenced many of us to chase our passions and not settle for ’22 tak padhai, 25 pe naukri, 26 pe chokri, 30 pe bachche, 60 pe retirement’.
The moral of the story is to leave everything and explore these beautiful destinations. If you are waiting for the day to set off on your venture, these Bollywood movies will give you the right push.