There are movies that entertain, that evoke various emotions, and then there are some movies that inspire you to pack everything and head out to explore the world. Travelling is a passion for many, but there are some who are just not able to fulfill their dreams of exploring their dream destinations. And when you watch a well-made movie that features the destination on your wish-list, you just want to throw away everything and wish to be there.
If you’re looking for some more motivation (to plan your next vacation), sit down and watch a couple of these fantastic Bollywood flicks. Few recent Bollywood movies have done quite well in capturing some exotic/popular places.
Here is a list of popular travel movies of Bollywood that have inspired many.
This movie perfectly captures what most middle-class people in India dream of…travelling to their dream destinations. Most are unable to do it, and money is not the only reason for them. Its just that many (especially women) find it difficult to travel alone (social pressures). This is an excellent movie that also captures Paris and Amsterdam quite well in the movie.
O Gujariya song from the movie Queen
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Shot in some of the most striking locations of Spain, it has changed the way Indians/Asians look towards Spain (earlier a Europe trip for them would almost NOT feature Spain, but not anymore).
Dil Dhadakne do song from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Dil Dhadakne Do
Most of the film was shot on a cruise ship and you also get to see the beauty of Turkey. Shooting took place in Antalya, Cappadocia and, mostly, in Istanbul.
Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi song from the movie (see Turkey in full glory)
Dil Chahta Hai
If you love Goa, by the end of this movie, you would definitely pack your bags and head of to Goa. And because its a movie about friends, you’ll also feel like asking your friends to accompany. The movie is also shot extensively in/around Sydney in Australia.
Dil Chahta Hai title song
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
This was the movie that started it all (at least in the last decade or so), inspiring other filmmakers to shoot abroad. It also did a lot to London as a travel destination (no wonder foreign countries want Bollywood to shoot abroad more and more). One of the biggest Bollywood hits ever…train travel, bus rides and car cruises are an integral part of the plot.
‘Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main’ Song from DDLJ
Tamasha was filmed in several places in Europe, including CORSICA.
MATARGASHTI Song from Tamasha
Jab Harry Met Sejal
shot in several places in Europe including Prague and Lisbon (Portugal).
Radha Song from the movie
Dilwale was filmed in Bulgaria, and one of the songs was filmed in Iceland.
Gerua Song filmed in Iceland
English Vinglish featuring actress Sridevi, was filmed extensively in The Big Apple, New York.
Navrai Majhi Song from the movie
The movie basically tells you to do all the things that you want to do, before you die. The movie covers places like New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Malaysia and Thailand.
Hairat Hai Song from Anjaana Anjaani
The movie may not have been a commercial success, but it definitely inspires you to get on the road. Men especially can relate to it better, because if you’re a travel buff you surely must have commuted on a truck before (even in Dil Chahta Hai, Saif ali Khan returns from Goa in a truck). Highway covers several exotic places within India.
Patakha Guddi from Highway
Starring by Abhay Deol, the movie captures the beauty of Rajasthan in its most raw form, captivating and visually stunning. The movie shows the picturesque side of the deserts of Rajasthan.
More Bollywood movies that are not exactly travel movies but have travel as an important part of the plot — Jab We Met, Barfi, Chennai Express, Bombay to Goa, Chalo Dilli, Honeymoon Travels, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.