Almost every aspect of our lives is influenced by Bollywood movies. Be it parties, festivals, or a weekend, everything is incomplete without a track from a flick, or a re-watch of your favourite movie. Just like every one of these things and more, even travelling isn’t unaffected by Hindi cinema. Not just a road trip with your friends that demands a peppy soundtrack accompanying the journey, even your travel plans are highly inspired by latest Bollywood movies that inspire you to explore the world. Well, you can’t blame them. The variety of International Travel Destinations shown in these movies is enough to make anyone hypnotised with their beauty and charm.
So, let’s find out which all movies shot in different International Travel Destinations succeeded in giving us major travel goals. And if you are looking for some motivation to pick a location, you are bound to get some after reading this piece. Stay hooked and start applying for a visa.
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Switzerland
No list of International Travel Destinations as shown in Bollywood movies can even begin to take shape without first acknowledging this legendary movie. It is perhaps the reason why so many Indian tourists turned their course towards this glorious nation, significantly boosting Switzerland Tourism multi-folds.
The breath-taking views of Switzerland’s tiny village of Gstaad in the song ‘zara sa jhoom lu main’, the pretty church of St. Mauritius in Saanen, or the small railway station of Sweisimmen where Simran (Kajol) buys the cowbell, are simply unforgettable. The scenes from London like the one shot at Trafalgar Square are also lovely.
2. Cocktail: London, UK
Cocktail is the new age film that apart from impacting the minds of its audience with a different set of societal thinking, also left a mark in terms of travel inspiration. The film showed some choicest of scenes shot at different locations of London, UK. It showed stunning visuals of places such as Portobello Road, Borough market, Clapham Junction, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Borough High Street, Mayfair etc. Each location is captured so beautifully in the movie scenes that it surely will make you plan a trip to the UK. Why not apply for your UK visa now.
3. Kal Ho Na Ho: New York, USA
The beautiful and entertaining love story of Kal Ho Na Ho was entirely shot in New York, USA. It took some lovely scenes of the city framing almost every popular spot of NY, including the Times Square, Wall Street, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park etc. To plan your ultimate trip to the US, you will need a US visa.
4. Rockstar: Prague, Czech Republic
Rockstar was an impressive creation of Imtiaz Ali where he chose the unusual location of Czech Republic as his muse to shoot his film. The movie portrayed many wonderful locations of the pristine country, including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the magnificent Sychrov Castle in its song ‘Hawa Hawa’.
Many other exciting Places to Visit in Czech Republic were also shown with the likes of Seat of Happiness Temple, Karlstejn Castle and Norbuligka Institute. Plan your vacation in Czech Republic with our Expert and get complete assistance with your flights, visa, sightseeing and package.
5. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani: Paris, France
Shot on amazing travel destinations of not just India, YJHD also took away our breath with its few but powerful scenes shot in France in just one song. You can see the mesmerizing scenes of Notre Dame, in the scene where Ranbir was being chased by goons, and Café Baluci and Rue Mouffetard, a busy street market in Paris, both in the song ‘Ilahi’.
That one particular song shot in France will capture all your attention and we bet you will not be able to resist yourself from applying for a France visa and book a trip to France right there.
6. Ek Tha Tiger: Turkey. Cuba & Ireland
If this movie can be remembered for one thing then it could be for the various fabulous locations around the world where it was shot. You can see a lot of truly fetching International Travel Destinations of countries like Turkey, Cuba and Ireland as well, which are while unique in Bollywood films, are a godsend for any traveller.
The incredible sights of The Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Bosphorus river of Istanbul, Mardin City and Zinciriye Medresesi of Anatolia, and Mardan Palace of Antalya in Turkey are simply ecstatic. On the other hand, the scenes from Dublin, Ireland, including that of Grafton Street, Gaiety Theatre and Trinity College or those from Cuba, including Old Havana Street, Plaza Vieja, Cathedral of Havana, El Castilo de Cojimar, El Malecon and El Morro Fortress are nothing short of dreamy.
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7. PK: Bruges, Belgium
Apart from being a great movie, PK also set record in the eyes of every true blue traveller/movie buff, for giving them a much needed break from the usual International Travel Destinations like Switzerland or UK. Shot in the ‘medieval-art rich’ Bruges, in Belgium, the movie features some really charming locations of the city, including Minnewater Lake, Provinciaal Hof, Market Square and Belfry. Dreaming of a Belgium vacation? Akbar Travels has been customizing trips for 40 years and has the expertise and experience to assist you with the perfect vacation. Start your planning by applying for Belgium visa.
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8. Bachna Ae Haseeno- Switzerland/ Australia/ Italy
The scenes with Minishaa Lamba were shot in Gstaad, Switzerland. The beautiful scenes that you see in the song ‘Ahista Ahista’ are from the route from Gstaad to Rougemont, Glacier 3000, Appenzell, and the Promenade in Switzerland. The scenes with Deepika Padukone were shot majorly in Sydney, Australia at locations such as Hyde Park and Opera House. Apart from this, some scenes with actress Bipasha and the song ‘Khuda Jane was entirely filmed in the lovely International Travel Destination of Italy. While the former was of the beautiful Isle of Capri, Campagnia, the song held scene from some of the most mesmerizing locations in Italy including Alberobello Trulli in Pugli, Venice, Vignanotica Bay in Pugli, Faraglioni di Mattinata etc., giving you plenty of thrilling Things to Do in Italy. Sounds like a complete package for a memorable vacay.. isn’t it?
9. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – Spain
This movie needs no introduction, not only because of its refreshing story and excellent presentation but also for being a greatly travel inspiring movie as well. The truly spectacular scenes of various locations of different Spanish cities that we saw in the film significantly boosted Spain tourism. Besides, unlike other movies that simply show some exotic sceneries of different International Travel Locations lurking in the background, ZNMD took you on an experience trip through the country’s interesting lanes, its culture, adventure activities and traditions.
You get to see the awe-inspiring spots such as Montserrat mountains in Catalonia, Lloret de Mar Beach in Costa Brava, Bu Ol where La Tomatina festival was celebrated, Ronda (White Village) in Malaga, Seville where the trio enjoyed Flamenco and The Bull Race of Pamplona – the celebration ground of San Fermin festival. Whether you’re backpacking in Spain, or going on a flashier trip, you’ll love the exciting cultural offerings! Are you convinced that Spain fits your adventure? Check out our Spain holiday packages and Spain visa process.
10. Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani: Turkey
Although the movie was mostly shot in India, the song‘Tu Jane Na’ saw some truly remarkable International Travel Destinations of Turkey, filmed beautifully. Be it Pamukkale in Denizli, the ruins of ancient Temple of Apollo or the massive Aspendos Theatre in Antalya, the visuals were so striking, that the mere three minutes long song was enough to leave its impact. Plan your trip to Turkey with Akbar Travels travel advice on best holidays packages, flight connections and visa process.
11. Tamasha: Corsica Island, France
The movie may not have worked as well as expected, but surely it did well in giving travel enthusiasts a yet another fantastic spot for their next vacations. Filmed on the magnificent island of Corsica in France, you could see some superb natural sceneries that definitely deserve a spot on your bucket list. Find affordable prices for your next vacation to France. Apply for France visa and select a pre-designed package or create your own with help from our Travel Experts.
12. Bang Bang: Greece, UAE & Thailand
This fast paced movie which is the remake of the Hollywood hit, Knight and Day starring Tom Cruz and Cameron Diaz, has been shot in multiple nations across the globe. You can witness some veritably spellbinding scenes from different International Travel Destinations, including Abu Dhabi in UAE, Phuket and Similan Islands in Thailand, Santorini and Mykonos in Greece and Prague in the Czech Republic. The crystal clear blue waters and white sands of Santorini as shown in the song ‘Meherbaan’ is simply breathtaking. Old Town Square of Prague shown in the movie, is another lovely destination worth exploring.
13. Dil Dhadakne Do: Turkey, Tunisia & Italy
It is truly blissful to watch this movie not so much for the film but for the myriad gorgeous locations across the world. From scintillating Tunisia to mysterious Turkey and many others in between, Dil Dhadakne Do gave ample of options for an exciting vacation abroad. The street where Anushka cycles, showed the magnanimous view of Hagia Sophia.
The Sophia museum in Turkey is also visible in the scenes where interestingly the staff members and visitors were taken as extras for the scene that took around 6 hours to shoot. Arno at Ponte Vecchio in Florence, La Spezzia in Italy, and Cappadocia, Fairy Chimneys and Galata Tower in Turkey are a few of the International Travel Destinations shown in the movie that took your breath away.
14. Kites: USA & Maldives
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This sensational Bollywood movie that was the debut film of pretty Barbara Mori, was also known for something other than just her- it’s astounding foreign locations. Extensively shot in the starry Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and even New Mexico, the melodious song of ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera’ was shot in the pristine Maldives. Start planning your Maldives tour with our expert recommended itineraries.
15. Queen: Netherlands & France
Just as the movie was a pure genius, so were its shooting locations that make for superb retreat. More importantly, the movie strengthened the spirit of every Indian girl to let go and encouraged solo travelling like never before. Shot widely in the International Travel Destinations of Amsterdam and Paris, Queen filmed the natural beauty, nightlife, people and simple pleasures of the place in an impressive way. You can appreciate the evergreen vista of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France besides some other delightful locations like Basilica of Sacred Heart of Paris. The club where the song ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ plays, is Club NL, located in Amsterdam and it is interesting to note that it was the first time any Hindi song was played there. Check out our Netherlands holidays packages for a dream vacation.
16. Dilwale: Iceland, Romania & Bulgaria
Although the movie had some unmatched scenes shot in the picturesque Romania and Bulgaria in the first half, it was the romantic ‘Gerua’ song that really caught our attention. The stunning visuals of the song showing a quaint beach seemingly in the middle of nowhere, with a wreckage of the plane was certainly the first. It didn’t just look unique but also was something completely dumbfounding that had us searching the internet instantly to know the place. Turns out it’s a beach in South Iceland, called Sólheimasandur.
In addition to it, there were some more very beautiful Places to Visit in Iceland shown in the movie, like Vestrahorn Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Reynisfjara rock formations etc. that definitely left us wanting more. But, who says you can’t get more of it?
17. Roy: Langkawi Island & Malaysia
The movie may not have been successful in leaving a lasting impression on our minds, but surely the locations shown in Roy did to a great degree. Shot largely in Malaysia, it was perhaps the only Bollywood film to choose this charming Asian location. Already a well-known and popular tourist spot, the Malaysian Attractions depicted in the movie led more people to pick this International travel destination for their holidays. Shot extensively on Langkawi Island of Malaysia, the beaches, resort, race course and much more shown in the film are extremely scintillating. Explore and book Malaysia tour packages with best available price and discounts.
18. Dostana- Miami, USA
The movie depicts another example of Karan Johar’s love for beautiful International Travel Locations, especially the USA. Shot entirely in Miami, which is rightly known as the Cruise Capital of the World, the movie features some very enticing scenes of the lovely city, including the widely used Miami Beach and the popular South Ocean Beach. Apart from these, you can also witness the charm of other spots here such as Bayside and Bayfront Park.
19. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Austria, UK & France
Another famous movie making the list, it had scenes depicting some of the most beautiful places in the world, including those from International Travel Destinations of Austria, UK and France. From the iconic Trafalgar Square of London and its various districts and pubs to Austria’s stunning cities including the culturally and architecturally rich capital of Vienna with and Innsbruck, which is the perfect mixture of imperial vistas and futuristic buildings worth a look.
The stunning view of Alps, several gorgeous churches and cathedrals, delightful Old Town etc. from Vienna while the quaint, cobbled pathways, grand palaces beguiling culture of Innsbruck make the show. The fourth accompaniment of Paris, well, it doesn’t need an introduction, not after so much that’s already been explored and said about this eternally romantic destination already, isn’t it?
With this, we leave you to decide which of these superb International Travel Destinations you found interesting enough to visit next. Of course, we understand how hard it is to pick just one from the lot and apply for your visa accordingly. After all be it a Switzerland tour or an exciting Spain Tour, each one of these gems is just unique, precious and desirable. Anyway, you have to choose one to begin with right? Do let us know which of these movies did you get your motivation from and which destination you chose for your holidays.