For a long time, Bollywood films have covered many beautiful scenic spots, cultural hubs and bustling places ranging from European and Mediterranean capitals to Himachal Pradesh and Rameshwaram. These movies gave us the privilege to travel the world through cinematic magic and also inspired us to pack our own bags and be the globetrotters we are today.
Traveling, for those who love it, is almost like a therapeutic approach that heals them by exposing them to the beauty and experiences of an unexplored world. There is a plethora of Bollywood movies that provide an escape from the harsh realities of life while providing a unique insight into scenic destinations around the world. Those three hours spent staring at a laptop screen or the big screen become a gateway to our daily problems.
So here are 10 Hindi travel movies that will have you planning a getaway right now:
Jab Harry meets Sejal (2017)
This 2017 film follows a Gujarati girl named Sejal (Anushka Sharma) who loses her engagement ring while vacationing with her family and hires a tour guide (Shah Rukh Khan) to find it. Their journey takes them to Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague and Frankfurt and eventually the unlikely duo fall in love. Towards the end of the film, however, the film takes us back to India, taking us to the old city of Noor Mahal in Punjab.
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Chennai express (2013)
Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan star in this Rohit Shetty action comedy, which depicts an adventurous journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram. While the protagonists’ journey begins with the train, it eventually turns into a road trip, stopping at beautiful spots along the way. All of Goa’s Dudhsagar Falls, the rolling tea plantations of Munnar, Pollachi near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu’s Vattamalai Murugan Temple and the historic Pamban Bridge make Chennai Express a travel film too.
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar star in this film about complicated parent-child relationships and marriages. Several sequences on a cruise ship were shot for this film. To honor her parents’ birthday, Ayesha (Chopra) plans a 10-day cruise through Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Italy and France, and the vacation brings the fractured family together in through a series of adventures. The shots capturing this getaway on the cruise ship in the Mediterranean are beautiful and breathtaking.
Piku tells the story of a difficult but loving father-daughter relationship. The heart and soul of the film is a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, via the spiritual city of Varanasi. The journey highlights the struggles of a single daughter caring for her aging father, putting her own wants and needs on hold. On this trip, she is accompanied by the owner of a taxi service, who helps Piku see life differently. Varanasi’s scenic appeal and Kolkata’s old-world charm make up for some of the film’s special sequences.
highway is a film about a girl named Veera, played by Alia Bhatt, who is abducted and forced to travel to Kashmir via Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh in a truck. The journey through snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers, verdant countryside and tiny hamlets of Pahalgam, Aru and Spiti Valley eventually frees Veera, forcing her to question her family’s intentions and her impending marriage.
Rani, a young woman from Delhi, decides to go on her honeymoon alone after being dumped by her fiancé. Not only does she make new friends, but she falls in love with herself while strolling the beautiful streets of Paris and Amsterdam. The film effectively revolutionized the idea of solo travel for women, telling them that hiking and partying in Europe aren’t just for men.
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Jab We Met (2007)
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s romantic comedy is a long journey that unfolds in bits and pieces. As the two meet on the train, disembarking at Ratlam, what follows is a road trip to Kota, Bhatinda, Manali, and later Shimla and Bhatinda back. This journey takes place by train, bus, rickshaw, bike, jeep, and even truck, making it one of the most wholesome travel movies of all time.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor star as Naina and Bunny respectively in the film, which highlights the scenic beauty of Kashmir and the royal atmosphere of Rajasthan. While the film captures the wanderlust through these places in India, it also captures a wanderer’s duty with a song sequence set in Paris, as Bunny travels with a traveling show crew and experiences the life he always dreamed of.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara tells the story of three friends who embark on a bachelor vacation in Spain. The trip takes a positive turn, however, when the three end up facing their worst fears and settling the conflicts that bother them. Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin are among the cast in the ensemble of the film. The Spanish vacation takes the form of a road trip from Barcelona to the Costa Brava, Seville, Buol and Pamplona, where they also attend the famous La Tomatina festival and participate in activities such as scuba diving, skydiving and a bull run. .
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
This star of Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone travels through the small villages of Punjab, the narrow streets of old Delhi to the bustling places of London, the oldest districts of Kolkata and a view of the famous Golden Gate Bridge from San Francis. Its sequel, I love Aaj Kal 2, starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan, effectively captures the beauty of Chitkul, dubbed India’s Last Village, in Himachal Pradesh on the Indo-Tibetan border.
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