Relive The Destinations Of Your Favourite Movies!

bollywood movie locations

Spotting the Darjeeling Toy train while watching ‘Barfi’ or the Athirapilly Falls as you groove to ‘Barso Re’, Bollywood brings to us our favourite locations with tons of new memories.

Be it the Rohtang Pass in ‘Highway’ or the Udaipur City Palace in ‘Ram-Leela’, the Dudhsagar Falls in ‘Chennai Express’ or the Howrah Bridge in ‘Kahaani’- Bollywood marks its trail in every region of the country and it’s a journey all of us would love to be a part of!

To begin with, here is a list of some destinations where your favourite movies have been shot.

Bollywood Movies Shooting Locations:

  1. Goa- Dil Chahta Hai
  2. Dehradun – Student Of The Year 2
  3. Shimla-Jab We Met
  4. Jaipur – Bajirao Mastani
  5. Leh Ladakh – 3 Idiots

1) Goa- Dil Chahta Hai

Goa

We would be lying if we said we haven’t ever made a plan of traveling to Goa with our friends.

Goa with its crazy nightlife, an abundance of tourist attractions and world-famous beaches has become the perfect icon of a dream trip destination. Beyond that, Goa being a favorite shooting destination of many filmmakers also makes the place well-known for many things “Bollywood.” Be it the shooting of movies like ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ and ‘Go Goa Gone’ that took place entirely in the background of Goa or others like ‘Chennai Express’ that have made previously relatively unknown sites like Dudhsagar a popular tourist spot- Goa gives you a taste of everything filmy.

The ‘almost 90’s kids’ who grew up watching movies like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ will know the special place Goa holds in all our hearts. A movie that installed the travel bug in many, you can’t just watch the film, hear the main soundtrack and not want to pack your backs to Goa the very next moment! While you’re there, you can visit locations where the movie was shot, like the Chapora Fort, or as many have learnt to call it ‘The Dil Chahta Hai” fort. After all, Goa is synonymous with many things ‘Bollywood’ and this is just one of the reasons why we fall in love with this place over and over again!

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2) Dehradun – Student Of The Year 2

dehradun

Student of the Year 2, amongst other things, gave us straight #collegegoals.The architectural marvel was an utter beauty to spot in throughout the movie and the huge sprawling gardens and grand white dome structures left us all with wishful thoughts of, “I wish my college was also just like Saint Teresa College too.” With its vintage architecture, lush green laws and endless corridors, it looked nothing less than a scene out of a fairy-tale.

Unsurprisingly, Dehradun played host to the filming of all the exteriors of the college. The ‘Forest Research Institute’ was created into a set of this dream-like institute. The vast sprawl of mystical mountains and the scenic imagery of the valley was only an added cherry to the cake. Well, at least, now we know, the next time we step into Dehradun, this place would surely be on our ‘must-visit’ list. If you plan to drop by the Forest Research Institute, here are some details:

Entry Fees: Rs 10 per person

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm

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3) Shimla-Jab We Met

shimla

How can we ever forget the bubbly Geet who found a place in all our hearts after watching “Jab We Met?”

Shimla is nothing less than the cheerful getaway that ‘Geet’ provided ‘Aditya’ with in the film. As she slowly discovered herself throughout the movie, so did we with every captivating shot of Shimla in the background. The lively and tragic scenes filmed in the serene, clean and utmost beautiful surroundings of Shimla left us all with a desire to create our own personal movie in the place. Both, the movie and the place will undoubtedly give you a sense of direction and leave you feeling happy, contented and at peace with yourself.

Shimla, is already a very popular tourist destination for those who want to get away from the clutter of the city life and discover themselves in a new, peaceful realm. What began with ‘Jab We Met” slowly found its way to many other destinations that also gained well-deserved recognition after popular movies like ‘Bang Bang, ‘Tamasha’ were shot in Shimla.

Be it the sweet symphonies of ‘Aaoge Jab Tum Sajna’ in the backdrop of the Mall Road or the scenes shot in Mountain Railway and summer hill area, after watching the film, we can only hope that just like Geet, the train we almost miss, will take us to all the right destinations as well.

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4) Jaipur – Bajirao Mastani

Jaipur, Rajasthan

When someone mentions Bajirao Mastani, you probably think of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, grandeur, royalty and absolutely stunning visuals!

We can’t deny the fact, that the movie was a visual delight. Every scene looked like a work of art. From the courts to the palace halls; from the balcony or the jharokha to the beautiful mirrors and chandeliers- Bajirao Mastani managed to take our breath away with every shot.

Where else can a movie that showed royalty, palaces and magnificent forts be shot? Certainly, Jaipur was the right answer.

The palace scenes like Bajirao’s meeting with Chhatrasal were mostly shot at the famous Amber Fort. Some of the outdoor war scenes were also shot in other parts of Rajasthan. The next time you pay Jaipur a visit and decide to drop by the fort, to relive the famous ‘Bajirao Mastani’ scenes, keep these details in mind:

Entry Cost: 500 rupees for foreigners. 100 rupees for Indians. Night entry into the fort is 100 rupees per person.

Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. during the day, and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at night. Note that elephant rides are only possible in the mornings until 11.30 a.m

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5) Leh Ladakh – 3 Idiots

 Ladakh

Rancho finally found his peace in a school in Ladakh, and the breath-taking visuals of the ending scenes of the movie, could tell us why. The beauty of the valley is unparalleled and the scenes of the school find a special place in our hearts.

The Druk Padma Karpo School, where the scenes were shot has famously come to be known as the “Rancho School” by tourists and is visited by many Bollywood-buffs and travel enthusiasts. This school was also conferred as one of the most beautiful schools in the world by BBC London in the year 2016, and a tour of the campus proves to be an utter delight.

The guided tour of Rancho’s campus is available from 9 AM to 6 PM only and the wall with a painting of ‘Three Idiots’ is also a popular spot. You can frequently spot fans getting a picture clicked in front of it.

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So, here was our list of some destinations with a touch of ‘Bollywood’ in them. Surely, our inner filmy is never-ending and we can only hope to keep on adding to the list!

Paridhi Prasad

Hi! I am Paridhi. When not downing endless cups of coffee and binge-ing on Masala Fries, I can be found deeply engrossed in contemporary novels. Delhiite by birth and nomad by passion. I travel and I know things. I write travel blogs by day and binge watch thriller and rom-com by night.

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