Have you ever wondered why movies appeal to you so much? Apart from entertaining you for those precious hours that you spend inside the movie hall, they transport you to a make-believe world that is luxurious, happening and larger-than-life – one that is far far away from your monotonous schedules unless you are one of the fortunate few who flaunts a rocking social life with a party to attend every other evening and an adventurous trip to accomplish every now and then! Indeed, for many of us, the tinsel town movies are our gateway to the good life that we have always yearned for and dreamt of. Yes, they may come across as impractical and over the top occasionally with their garish sets, loud costumes and over optimistic or ludicrous scripts but then who cares about practicality when you have enough of it anyways in your day-to-day life? Not us for sure! Don’t believe us? Then, seek inspiration from the Great Dictator (1940 movie) that quotes “We think too much and feel too little”!
An illustrious name in the realm of entertainment, the Bollywood film industry has dictated the norms in the fashion and design space since decades now. Time and again, Bollywood movies have sparked off many unprecedented style trends that have been happily lapped up by the masses without questioning the holy truth from the mecca of fashion. Apart from its influence on the fashion world, Bollywood movies have also inspired wanderlust and boosted the tourism of many exotic locales, quite a few of which were only heard of or read about in the past. There is no doubt that many a globetrotter and a travel enthusiast have lived their passion of non-stop travel through Bollywood movies and many casual sight-seers and holiday makers went on to plan their next trip to one of the hitherto unknown destinations after marvelling at their scenic beauty on the big screen! If you have been craving for a break from your humdrum routine work and looking for some interesting options to add zest to your life, then we suggest that you pack your bags today and set off for an eye-opening trip to the picturesque destinations mentioned below. Just in case you need some stimulation to don your travelling shoes, you can draw motivation from the path-breaking Bollywood movies that have been shot against the backdrop of these dreamy locales. Depending upon where you want to travel, you can book Europe tour packages if you wish to cover several European countries in one go or choose Kashmir tour packages, Goa tour packages or Thailand packages if one destination at a time is your mantra. The choice is yours really as you have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Situated at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula, the Southeast Asian country of Thailand is a top draw amongst the tourists owing to its impressive cityscape, iconic Buddhist temples, magnificent royal palaces, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, tropical islands, lip-smacking Thai cuisine, vivacious nightlife and mind-boggling shopping options. Flanked by the Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman Sea to the west, the picture-perfect destination has also evolved as the indisputable ‘go to’ destination for many Bollywood movie makers who look no further than postcard pretty Thailand to add oomph and panache to their run-of-the-mill film sequences.
Look for last minute discounts and off-season deals over the web to book Thailand tour packages today and make your way to the Phra Nang Beach in Krabi if you wish to relieve the innocent love of the 2000 blockbuster movie called Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai – a romantic thriller that marked the debut of two new artists, Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel. The title song of the film was shot extensively at the surreal Phra Nang Beach – a remote beach that is part of the Railay Peninsula which is nestled between the city of Krabi and the Ao Nang Beach. Bounded by two huge cliffs, the bewitching beauty of the Phra Nang Beach casts an instant spell on the masses as the camera caressed every nook and corner of this remote island and unfolded its magnificence on screen. Even the legendary long-tail boat, a characteristic of any Thai beach, was not spared and glorified to the hilt in this movie. Apart from its catchy tunes and peppy dance moves, the romantic song became all the more memorable due to the pristine white sands and the near flawless clear waters that served as the apt backdrop to the amorous mood of the young couple. Once the song went on the air, many young hearts weaved their own fantasy world and secretly longed to be shipwrecked at one of the desolated beaches of Thailand to indulge in cosy moments with their beloved…away from prying eyes and intrusive souls! A timeless classic, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai truly rekindled the passion of first love in many of us and made us nurture secret dreams of taking off to the spellbinding Phra Nang Beach some day to experience its undeniable charm and splendid beauty. For all the girls out there, once you land up at Phra Nang Beach, you can go all out like Ameesha and don a get up that flaunts a leafy skirt wrapped around your waist, a beautiful large-sized flower tucked into your lustrous mane and an exquisite conch shell necklace gracing your slender neck…just the look that is needed to recreate a Caribbean feel at your very own Southeast Asian beach!
Hailed as paradise on earth, the beautiful mountainous landscape of Kashmir has managed to intrigue Bollywood since bygone years and its long-lasting bond with Hindi cinema has only strengthened with the passage of time. Bollywood’s tryst with Kashmir dates back to the 1960s and 80s when it produced movies like Kashmir Ki Kali and Silsila that superbly captured Kashmir in all its splendour. Since then, Kashmir has continued to allure many veteran and budding film makers who have thronged the jaw-dropping destination every now and then to shoot their movies and sequels. If you are intending to plan a holiday during the upcoming summer vacations and looking for an affordable option to beat the sultry weather in style, then budget-friendly Kashmir tour packages fit the bill for you. With an abundance of natural beauty and sight-seeing spots to keep you hooked and engaged, Kashmir promises to strike an eternal chord with you, just the way it continues to captivate the movie makers of one of the biggest film industries in the world.
One of the yesteryear movies that gave the severely overdone international destinations of Europe and the United States a tough completion was Highway. Directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring a promising Alia Bhatt and the critically acclaimed Randeep Hooda, the 2014 film was elaborately shot at offbeat locations across six states, Kashmir being one of them. Revolving around the story of a rich, young girl who gets kidnapped and gradually discovers herself during the course of her journey, Highway portrays arresting scenes of Kashmir’s Aru Valley and Chandanwadi towards the climax of the movie. There are innumerable scenes where the lead actress is seen revelling in the glorious beauty of the extraordinary locales as she seeks joy in the simple pleasures of life such as basking in the sun, getting her hair braided or simply gazing at the lush surroundings that comprised of verdant meadows, untainted lakes and snow-capped mountains. One also gets an up close and personal view of the local Bakarwals or nomadic shepherds who are a common sight here and are always on the go with their flock in tow. Powerful performances, a soulful background score and haunting cinematography made Highway a standout film and upped our fantasy of Kashmir by several notches by revealing its untapped facet that completely took us by surprise. Without a doubt, Highway reaffirmed Kashmir’s stake as an incomparable tourist spot for every discerning traveller out there and convinced us that the heavenly destination must feature on our travel bucket-list for sure!