#TravelBytes: Five places where popular Bollywood movies were filmed
From the beautiful beaches of Goa to the fascinating forts of Rajasthan, Bollywood has gone to various amazing places, making them even more iconic in the process. To be at these locations and reminisce some of your favorite movie scenes is one of the best feelings. So, if you love Bollywood and travel is on your mind, here are five places you must visit.
The breathtaking shot of the three best friends from the iconic Dil Chahta Hai easing down and staring into the sea finds a special place in the hearts of Bollywood fans. Not just the fort, India's favorite party destination, Goa has also been part of many Bollywood films. Other films which have been shot there include Rangeela, Golmaal, Dhoom and Honeymoon Travels.
The beloved biking destination in Himachal Pradesh, Rohtang Pass, located some 50kms higher to Manali is another favorite among filmmakers. Some acclaimed and famous films, including the likes of Jab We Met, Dev D and Highway have glorified the already beautiful snow-clad stretches of Rohtang Pass on the silver screen. So, if you've been waiting for that bike tour, make it happen now!
Although the gorgeous Pangong Lake had previously featured in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se (1998), it became wildly popular after that unforgettable last scene from the 2009 blockbuster 3 Idiots. This is what makes Pangong one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the country, despite difficult weather and travel conditions. So, pack your bags and turn that long-pending Ladakh trip into a reality.
Kashmir is adorably referred to as Heaven on Earth, not for nothing. What started as a favorite background of many song-and-dance routines in classic Hindi films, Bollywood's love affair with the Kashmir valley has only intensified with the passage of time. The charming snow-capped mountains in Gulmarg have been part of many recent films such as Highway, Rockstar, and Haider.
The Royal city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is nothing short of a second home for movie makers. With the films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (also 2013), Udaipur has become the go-to place for many. And not just Bollywood, Hollywood also loves Udaipur. Films like Octopussy (1983), and The Fall (2006) have been shot there.