From the beautiful Shimla to the lush green coorg, from the majestic Western Ghats of Lonavala to the ever pretty Kashmir, the hill stations have always been the first love for our filmmakers. Come,take a look at these places which have a story to tell:
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Want to relive the magic of the movie Black when you visit the famous hill station of Shimla? Well, don’t miss visiting the Christ Church which was beautifully captured in the movie. You can also enjoy a joy ride on the Kalka Shimla Toy Train, much on the lines of Shahid-Kareena from the movie Jab We Met!
The otherwise hidden and quiet Coorg has recently caught the fancy of our filmmakers and the results: Kyun Ho Gaya Na and Saat Khoon Maaf! Both these movies captured the essence of this hill station to the hilt, offering a visual treat for the viewers.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
So loved the house of Salman Khan in the superhit Hum Aapke Hain Koun and always wanted to visit that? Well, that was Ooty, which is touted as the “Queen of the Blue Hills”.
Not only that, the hill station has been beautifully captured in many movies, ranging from the Kamal Hassan starter Sadma, Amitabh Bachchan’s Hum to Bipasha’s Raaz, spanning decades. The lush green tea plantations and misty mountains will accompany you all through your journey to Ooty.
Kalimpong, West Bengal
The small, relatively quiet Kalimpong recently came into limelight with Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani 2 which has been extensively shot at the picturesque hill station in West Bengal. The movie beautifully captured the monasteries, leafy lanes, bustling markets and the quietude of the place, leaving you yearning for more!
Interested in meeting your favorite Jaadu from Koi Mil Gaya? Well, if the answer is yes, then it’s time to plan a trip to the evergreen Nainital to meet him and his gang of friends. The superhit movie captured the essence of this pretty hill station to the fullest.
Other famous Bollywood movies shot in Nainital included the 70s blockbuster Kati Patang as well as Nassurudin Shah’s Masoom, some portions of which were shot at the famous St. Joseph School. Some not to miss tourist attractions here are Naini Lake, Nanda Devi Temple and Nainital Zoo among other.
Leh, a dream planet, is the seat of Buddhist and Tibetan culture in India and has many famous movies to its credit. Well, the place was untouched by mainstream tourism, however, in the recent few years many movies have been shot here capturing the surreal beauty of Leh. Some of the prominent ones include Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dil Se, LOC Kargil and 3 Idiots.
The hill resort of Kerala has always captured the fancies of our filmmakers and movies like Chennai Express and Nishabd beautifully captured the alluring beauty of Munnar, offering a visual delight for the viewers.
Some of the notable attractions include Tea plantations, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Mattupetty Dam and Photo Point among others.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Always loved Rajesh Khanna crooning “mere sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu” against the snow covered Kanchenjunga during the early 70s? Well, that was Aradhna, the movie which changed everything for Rajesh Khanna and brought Darjeeling to the world map.
Come 2012! Our own Ranbir Kapoor a.k.a barfi made us fall in love again with the lush tea plantations and snow peaks as he moves around the town, singing “ala, ala matwala barfi”. Don’t miss the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway when you are here!
If you are anyways planning to take a train route to Darjeeling, check PNR status online for updated train information.
Why go abroad when India is full of surprises and amazing natural beauty! Plan a trip to these hill stations to have a slice of your favorite Bollywood flick!