Can you recognize these locations from famous Bollywood movies?
Bollywood and exotic foreign locations have a longstanding relationship – think Switzerland’s snow-covered Alps or Italy’s historic streets or Spain’s sprawling countryside. Indian films have iconized destinations across the globe. And if you are someone who fantasizes about recreating your favourite Bollywood scenes, we have a list of locations to inspire your travel lust!
India’s honeymoon destination of choice for many decades, Switzerland shot into popularity for its romance with Bollywood – set in the gorgeous snow-capped mountains, lush countryside, and scenic lakes of the country. The portrayal of Switzerland in Yash Chopra romances is so legendary that the country honoured the filmmaker by unveiling his statue in Interlaken.
Best time to visit: We recommend exploring Switzerland in winter (December – March) to capture the Christmas magic amidst snow-laden landscapes.
Made famous by the Imtiaz Ali romance, Tamasha, this French island in the Mediterranean has captured hearts for its white-washed beauty. The destination is known for its varied geography, which can quickly turn from a coastal road to a mountain top or colourful city to dense forest, offering a range of experiences. It’s also the setting for the popular Asterix in Corsica comic, which is sure to stimulate the wanderer in you!
Best time to visit: Late Spring (April – May), when the weather is pleasant and summer crowds haven’t poured in yet.
AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Imagine a gondolier serenading you to the tunes of a Bollywood classic? Or an entire beach on the Amalfi coast being taken over by a glamorous A-lister party? Bollywood’s romance with Italy goes back to the vintage 50s. And today, the place is not just popular for filming locales but also for intimate celebrity weddings. The latest spot to hit popularity with Indian crowds is the Instagram-famous beach village of Positano.
When to visit: To see the coast at its colourful best, we recommend the months of Spring (April to May).
Discover the Flavours of Italy on this culinary journey
When Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara released in 2011, Indian travelers to Spain almost doubled! Such is the impact of the big screen on our wanderlust. The country has been a popular holiday destination amidst celebrities. While its beaches, parties, people, cities, and culture are all legendary – we especially love the culinary side of this iconic country. See our gastronomic trip through Spain for some food love, featuring everything from tantalizing tapas to exotic wines.
When to visit: Shoulder season (August) is one of our favourite times to visit, not just because the weather gets milder but also for popular festivals like Tomatina and Bullfighting.
The country has most recently come into popularity for the filming of some of the most thrilling scenes from the Hrithik-Roshan-starrer War. But did you know that earlier this year, Portugal honoured Indian director Imtiaz Ali with the Touristic Medal of Merit? After his movie, Jab Harry Met Sejal, was shot across places like Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais, the country has attracted many other directors for possible filming in its scenic locales.
When to visit: We love Portugal in June. Though the weather is still on the warmer side, the cities are full of festivals and locals are in a celebratory mood!
Portugal is also offering a “War Trail” – 7 days through the filming locations of the movie. Ask our Destination Experts for more!
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