From Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara to Highway، Bollywood has served wanderlust for every kind of traveller، Vogue India reported. Vogue India list out some of the destinations that have been featured on celluloid، and tell you the best time of year to visit them.
In real life، travelling with friends or family can be starkly different from the experience you’re often promised on celluloid. There are last-minute cancellations and squabbles over rooms، but one can agree that the more eventful a trip is، the more satisfying it is at the end of the day—much like in the movies. If you were looking to recreate the holiday experience from one of your favourite Bollywood films، we've chart down a list of destinations that will help you pick your next holiday spot.
Think turquoise blue beaches، glittering bays، hilltop villages، food، wine and symphonic Corsican music—a summer getaway couldn’t get more surreal. The island has been a part of France for around 200 years now، but yet retains a distinct Italian culture. Now، Corsica was fairly unknown as a holiday destination—until Tara helped Ved find his true self in the city in Tamasha (2015).
A sweet retreat from the daily drudgery، the picture-perfect island is divided into Haute Corse (upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (southern Corsica). Plan a visit between the months of May and September، when it is pleasant and sunny here، and pick between a myriad of outdoor activities such as mountain biking، white water activities and more.
Pangong Pso، Leh، Ladakh
If regular is not your cup of your tea، Pangong Lake، also known as Pangong Pso، is an otherworldly experience featuring a sheet of vivid blue landscape in the middle of the mountains. If the place looks familiar، it’s because the climax of the Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer، 3 Idiots، was shot here. Say what you will about Kapoor Khan’s character in the film، but if she hadn’t arrived to the picturesque setting dressed as a bride on a scooter، the visual delights the film offers would definitely have taken a notable hit.
Located at an altitude of 14،000ft، Pangong Pso is a long and narrow lake that extends from India to Tibet through the Himalayas. Visit the destination in the summer months، or in winter when the lake is frozen—an ice-skating festival is hosted here during those months.
Manali، Himachal Pradesh
The first half of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) offered a panoramic view of India’s snowy mountains through the eyes of a bunch of strangers on a trekking trip to Manali، with regions of Srinagar، Pahalgam and Gulmarg also making key appearances. Though the Himalayan destination is a popular backpacking centre and honeymoon spot، the film contributed to its tourism further by highlighting its unrivalled scenery. If you’re planning a visit to any of these areas، the time of year isn’t really a concern—the destinations are equally picturesque whether you’re looking for a pleasant summery holiday، or a chilly، snowy retreat.
Aru Valley، Jammu & Kashmir، and Spiti، Himachal Pradesh Alia Bhatt’s character in Highway (2014) may seem to have led a perfect life at the start، but we get to explore her role deeper as she takes us on a journey with the people who kidnapped her. As much as we loved the film for its storyline، the silent star was the setting. Nestled between towering mountains and flowing streams، the green landscape in the film is Aru Valley—it’s about 12kms from Pahalgam and the starting point of trekking to the Kolahoi glacier. We’d suggest you visit between the months of March and September for the best travel experience.
Many pictorial scenes in the film have also been shot in Spiti—one of the more unexplored destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Plan a trip from mid-May to mid-July to soak up views of the valley and take a respite from the city.
Costa Brava، Valencia، and Seville، Spain
Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) boosted Spanish tourism from India by 32 per cent—and of course، a major chunk of the tourists visited the film’s on-shoot locations. In the feature، the adventure of the three childhood friends begins in Barcelona، from where they decide to travel to Costa Brava—which is an hour and a half away—for a diving experience. In real life، the coast is a nudist beach—the bathers had to be asked to stay out of frame so they didn’t appear in the film—but is magical nonetheless.
Other notable destinations from the film include Buñol، a town near Valencia where the La Tomatina festival was shot، and Seville، where the flamenco show، the skydiving adventure and the fun road trip all took place. If you’re looking to travel to Spain and relive moments from the film، we’d suggest picking your dates between September and November to deal with fewer crowds، avail cheaper accommodations and enjoy the most pleasant of weathers.