11 Bollywood Movies that inspire you to Travel

Sometimes all you need to do something that you always wanted to do, is a little Push.  That Push can come in any form. It can be in the form of a book that you are reading, a person that you met recently, or a movie that you just finished watching.

So, let’s talk about movies. They play such an important role in our lives that many times certain movies unlock the door of many otherwise forgotten memories from our past.  They connect with us at such an emotional level quite often they mould our behaviour and egg us to do something which we REALLY want to do.

So, here we are, presenting a list of 11 movies released post 2000, which will make you pack your bags and just leave for your dream destination. But hold on, not everyone would start checking the flight/train tickets after reading this blog. As I said, movies can only nudge you to do something, which you REALLY want to do, but have been giving yourself lame excuses to keep on postponing it. If you are not a travelling types, you might only look at the pictures in the blog and move on.

So, here’s to the ever procrastinating traveller.

 

1. Dil Chahta Hai:

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The 2001 blockbuster, shot in Goa, Mumbai and Sydney, still connects to the young audience big time. 1st one hour into the movie and you feel like, ‘This weekend I am off to Goa” and might even text your buddies about it. The movie has not only captured some of the amazing locations of Sydney & Goa but has also beautifully portrayed the intertwining relations of the characters alike. And who can forget the iconic scene of Akash, Sameer and Sid at Fort Vagator?

 

2. 3 Idiots

shot in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh

Though the movie has a totally different theme and message, one simply can not ignore the beautiful landscapes and snow capped mountains during the journey depicted in the movie. Shot in Shimla, Chail in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, the movie makes you believe that it is possible to leave the din and bustle of city life behind and still be able to do some kick-ass professional work in some remote but breathtaking location, like Amir Khan’s character did near one of the most picturesque lakes of the world-The Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh.  You only have to have a weird name like Phunsukh Wangdu.

3. Jab We Met

Jab We Met Shot in Shimla, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

One of the very few movies out there where the locations are not there just for the  sake of it. The whole idea of shooting the movie in some of the breathtaking  locations, is so integral to the plot of the movie that you fall in love with the movie, the characters and the locations all at the same time. Along with Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the movie also shows some amazing view of the Rohtang Pass. If you are planning to get married sometime in near future, you will find many locations just appropriate for planning your Honeymoon.

4. Anjaana Anjaani

Anjaana-Anjaani shot in Thailand, Malaysia, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York

Another movie in which travelling and beautiful locations are a part of the plot and not merely there to make-up for the lack of acting skill of the actors. The movie goes on to re-establish that deep down, most of us have that ONE REAL WISH-TO TRAVEL THE WORLD. Shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York with some parts also shot in Thailand and Malaysia, this movie is a must watch if you are just fed-up of the daily grind and want a  refreshing change by travelling to your dream destination.

5. Barfi!

Shot in Darjeeling, West Bengal, Ooty

One of the most admired movies of recent times. Barfi! got everything right to make it the movie that it is, the cast, the plot, the music and of course the location. You get to see the most exquisite and still highly unexplored locations of Darjeeling, West Bengal and some parts of Ooty as well. The nostalgia resulting from the small town feel of the movie might just make you look for your next long weekend and plan a trip to the nearest hill station.

 

6. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Spain, UK, Egypt

If you have watched this movie, I bet you would have definitely related to one of the four lead characters played by the actors in the picture. Looking at various adventure sport like scuba diving, sky diving or bull running, you too would have thought, ‘Dammit, if not now, then when?’ The movie takes you all across Spain.  To Buñol, for La Tomatina festival, to Seville for sky diving and to Pamplona for the Bull Run. If you haven’t watched it yet, Close the window and watch it NOW-just make sure that you invite your best buddies too.

7. Yeh Jawani hai Deewani

Kashmir, rajasthan, Paris

YJHD is yet another blockbuster movie shot in some of the most stunning locations of Himachal, Rajasthan and France. Though the movie doesn’t take you to a visual fest on these  locations, but surely makes you believe that, just like a journey our life too is full of pleasant and not so pleasant surprises and if we learn to take all that in our stride, we will surely have a fulfilling life. This movie reaffirms our believe that sometimes you get the humsafar of your life while you are travelling.

8. Bang Bang

Greece, Prague, Abu Dhabi, Phuket

Fast paced actions, great looking actors, awesome dresses and exotic locations. What else would one need to simply get hold of the DVD of this movie and watch it…again? The movie takes you to all the places from Shimla, Mumbai, New delhi to Abu Dhabi, Phuket, Greece and Prague. This one if for the adventurists as they would know that there is a world of adventure sports waiting for them out there. As this movie presents the fun of Flyboarding, Sky diving and Formula 1 cars in the most thrilling way possible, all you got to do is call up your best buddies and take the next ticket out of your city to the adventure that awaits you.

9. Highway

Kashmir, Himachal Honeymoon, Delhi

As the name suggests, the movie is shot on deserted roads, nondescript towns and on a whole landscape of breathtaking locations. What sets the movie apart though, is the fact that it beautifully drives home the entire idea of journeying as a way to come face to face with your fears and denials and as a way to conquer them in the process. The film takes you to a  trip of mixed emotions through deserted roads of Delhi to mountains of Himachal and Kashmir and the plains of Rajasthan and Haryana. Must watch if you feel a need to reinvent yourself

10. Queen

Europe, Paris, Amsterdam Honeymoon

Queen is one of the most beautiful movies you will ever see. The whole idea of traveling as a way to liberate oneself from the shackles of our own imaginary limitations is best portrayed in Queen. Solo travellers of both genders would find this movie amazingly uplifting. Besides the starting and closing scenes of Delhi, one would get to see the day to day city life of Paris and Amsterdam.  If you have been thinking of travelling alone and just can’t bring yourself to the point of deciding about it, go watch this movie immediately.

11. Ek Tha Tiger

Dublin, Cuba, Holiday in Istanbul, Honeymoon in Havana

Finally Super-Salman makes an appearance in the list. And what an entrance this is. As much the enigma of Salman Khan as the other-worldly beauty of locations like Istanbul, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Havana makes this movie an absolute treat. Though some part of shooting that was to take place in Hong-Kong could not take place, this movie will certainly pump your adrenalin up to the extent that your new mantra will be One Life

So, what are you waiting for? All the movies  above are telling you the same thing through different cast, different plots and different locations that It Is now or never. Get up and Get going-One Life

Mauritius at its Adventurous Best – 8 ‘must dos’

 

1. Sea karting at La Balise Marina in Black River
This is one of the best things you can experience at the Mauritian lagoon. You get to discover the most beautiful parts of the island riding on your own speed boat. To avail this adventurous activity, visit  La Balise Marina in Black River.

 

Sea Karting

Sea Karting

2. Scuba Diving at Le Morne
This is one of the most spectacular activities to do while at Mauritius. The beautiful coral reefs teaming with the exuberant marine life like clown fish, angel fish, groupers, turtles will welcome the divers. Dolphins and whales can also be spotted while you are on your way to the dive site. Summers are the best times to visit them if you are an ardent marine life lover.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

3. Walk with the Lion at Casela Nature & Leisure Park
This is definitely one unique experience, how often can one go walking with lions? All we can say is this is surely that one ‘must do’s’ while you are at this beautiful island.

Walk with Lion

Walk with Lion

4. Sky Diving at Riviere du Rempart
Amazing view, lots of emotions, adrenalin rush and an exciting adventure – Sky diving is all about it! This lifetime experience of the most spectacular scenic flight and a visually enchanting dive in the air will leave you awestruck, definitely a ‘must do’ if you are in the island.

Sky Diving

Sky Diving

5. Canyoning  at Tamarind Falls
The most amazing attraction of the south west of Mauritius. You can be a beginner or a hardcore adventurer, you will thoroughly enjoy this activity. Tamarind Falls is the most peaceful and serene place of the island, you will also encounter some beautiful plants and birds here.

Canyoning

Canyoning

6. Quad Biking at Riviera des Anguilles
Experience an amazing off road quad biking around the picturesque rural countryside. You will be amazed at the sights that you will get to witness from the seat of an all terrain vehicle. Cruising through endless trails and hills, this adventurous ride is going to stay with you forever!

Quad Biking

Quad Biking

7. Tree tracks (adventurous) at Chamarel
Located in the heart of the tropical forests in Mauritius, this unique adventurous activity is made very interesting along with Tyrolean horizontal nets, net tunnels, swings and footbridges with holes. Regardless of the athletic ability, with good coordination and willingness, one can move from different levels of trees and paths. Fabulous views of the Chamarel valley, the Piton Mountain and the black river nature reserve can be seen at various view points along the path!

Tree Track

Tree Tracks

8. Helicopter tour from Plaine Magnien
This can be availed with wide varieties of options. You can either take a city tour for couple of hours, or add a lunch stop in restaurants with helipad. You can hire it for aerial shoot or fly to the most beautiful golf courses there. Do not miss this breathtaking experience of viewing the island’s spectacular lagoons and coastlines from above!

Chopper ride

Chopper ride

 

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List of 3 ‘Must Visits’ in God’s own country – Kerala!

 

The alias ‘God’s Own Country’ did not happen for no reason. Kerala is a magnificent land with the nature dress herself to look beautiful and pretty. Kerala is adorned with the lush green landscapes, calm and quiet backwaters, cool misty hill stations, architectural marvels bearing historic values, cultural diversity, amazing beaches and more. When it comes to spending a quality time with your loved ones, there can be no better place than the God’s Own Country.

Hill Stations
  1. Munnar: Known for soothing the perception of human eyes with the lush green tea estates spreading beyond the infinity, Munnar guarantees an evergreen experience that would always stay on top of the list of memories you’d love to cherish forever. The curvy ride up to the hill station takes you through the best of nature’s painting in green that is occasionally decorated with rocks that looks like they’ve been carved by the God himself, and the small and big waterfalls that sing in symphony with the music of misty breeze and cold atmosphere.munnar_hillstation
  2. Wayanad: Wayanad, known for its beauty and romantic climate is one of the best honeymoon destinations. The trekking and sight-seeing is fun filled. The jungle safari, magical Kuruva dweep, Edakkal caves, multiple waterfalls etc. guarantees to take your breath away.waynad
  3. Vagamon : The atmosphere and aroma of the place proves to be one of the best combination for nature lovers. It is a less explored hill station compared to Munnar and Wayanad, yet the most beautiful among all of them with a climate that never make you sweat even on a mid-day in midsummer. The greenery covered with 3 hills is beyond words or pictures.vagamon_hillstation
Backwaters & Islands
  1. Kumarakom & Allepey: are the most visited among the rest. The place is known for its very luxurious and sophisticated house boats and resorts that gives you a breath-taking experience. The lake outlined with the greenery and small villages soothe and rejuvenate your mind. They are well-known to be one among the most popular honeymoon destinations. Delectable food and cultural programs like Kathakali performances at the resorts and centers are added attractions here.backwatr_01
  2. Poovar Island: It lies between the sea and the backwaters which is 30kms from Trivandrum. The resorts with cottages that are in land as well as those floating on the water are so peaceful and relaxing. Its a perfect vacation to seek when you really need that break!backwatr_02
  3. Ashtamudi Lake: Situated at Kollam is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala. This lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. This placid stretch of backwaters has some spectacular views of houseboats, merchant boats sailing through, ducks flocking by and the beautiful traditional Chinese fishing nets on the banks.backwatr_04
Beaches
  1. Kovalam: This is one of the most favorite spots for the tourists including the westerners. The shallow water and low tidal waves makes it best for water sports and swimming. Life on the beach begins late in the day and is lively until late night. Themed restaurants and sumptuous seafood attract the tourists.kovalam_beach
  2. Cherai: One of the less explored beaches when it comes to tourism. The coconut grooves and paddy fields around it makes it all-the-more tranquil. Dolphins are occasionally found here. Watch out for them!cherai_beach
  3. Varkala: Along with the beautiful beach and mineral water springs, Varkala resorts offer luxury in abundance for the tourists. Health resorts and yoga centers are other major attractions here. The Ayurvedic massages and therapies that some of the resorts are know to one of world’s best.varkalabeach

Waterfalls

  1. Athirapally waterfalls: The most famous waterfalls of Kerala is the Athirapally waterfalls, which stands tall at 80 feet. This magnificent sight is definitely a treat to your eyes!athirapallyfalls
  2. Palaruvi or the ‘stream of Milk’: The natural beauty of this spectacular waterfall attracts picnickers every year. You have to trek through dense forests to reach the waterfall and the experience is definitely memorable. The misty white color of the falling water gives the name “Palaruvi” or “the stream of milk” to this waterfall.palaruvi_falls
  3. Meenmutti Waterfalls: One of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Kerala is the Meenmutti Waterfalls located at Wayanad. An interesting 2km jungle trek will lead to Meenmutty waterfalls. Water drops from almost 1000ft cascading through rocks, captivating beauty to its fullest.meenmutty_fallas
Wildlife
  1. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:  Situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roams herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs etc.Periyar
  2. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: The breeding season of resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers, etc is in the months of June to August. It’s a must visit if you want to get some good clicks of these beautiful birds and see them in their habitats.Kumarakam bird
  3. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary: Aralam, a village in Thalassery, Kannur. Covered with tropical and semi evergreen forests, the Aralam Sanctuary is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats. Elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, Nilgiri langur, Hanuman langur, Malabar giant squirrel, etc. can be seen here.aralam_wildlife
 Historical and Monumental
  1. Bekal Fort: Bekal Fort claims to be 300 year old and its one of the best preserved  in Kerala. It offers a splendid view of the Arabian sea. The fort was primarily built as a defensive structure and therefore has no palace inside. The fort was supposedly constructed in 1650s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. Later on, the fort also passed into the hands of Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and Britishers. It is now one of the favorite shooting spots for film-makers.bekal_fort
  2. Fort Kochi: Take a stroll down this locale and you will see historical monuments at each and every nook of this island. Fort Emmanuel, Dutch cemetery,  Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, David Hall are some of the beautiful structures you would be witnessing. The historical relevance of these places would truly amaze you. Do not miss out on the tasty food and the some exciting shopping on Jew street.fort_cochin (1)
  3. Bolgatty Palace: Situated at the Bolgatty Island, this palace was built by one of the Dutch traders. This well-preserved legacy is now an exclusive mansion and provides for excellent accommodation for  its tourists. The world class amenities and the majestic ambiance definitely gives you an island experience worth it.bolgattypalace (1)

Pilgrimage

  1. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple: This temple is located in the center of Thiruvananthapuram. Constructed in Dravidian style, this massive structure attracts pilgrims from all over the country. The deity Padmanabha is beautifully enshrined in the eternal yogic sleep posture on a serpent. The biggest festival in the temple is Laksha Deepam (which means thousands of lamps).Padmanabhaswamy-Temple
  2. Guruvayoor temple: The deity worshiped here is Lord Krishna. One of the most popular and oldest temples of Kerala, this is one of most important Krishna temples in India. Devotees give lighting as an offering during temple festivals. Weddings are conducted with basic rituals in the outer area of this temple.guruvayur-temple
  3. Chottanikkara temple: Goddess Bhagwati is beautifully embellished inside this amazing architecture. Goddess is worshiped in different forms through the day – Saraswati in the morning, Lakshmi in the noon and Durga in the night. Goddess is believed to cure mental illnesses.Chottanikkara_Temple