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Iconic Bollywood Film Shooting Locations in India

Updated on August 30, 2018
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3 Idiots Was Shot in Pangong Lake

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India is a beautiful country. It is a vast nation with diverse terrain – from Himalayas to Indian Ocean. There are many beautiful locations in this unique nation, which is dotted with many amazing monuments.

Bollywood movie makers have explored India meticulously. Here are some amazing Bollywood film shooting locations in India.

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Pangong Lake

Also known as Pangong Tso, which, in Tibetan, means high grassland lake, Pangong lake is an endorheic lake near Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. This 134-km-long saltwater lake is in the Himalayas. It is at an elevation of 4,250 meters. Starting with the blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’, Bollywood movies have made Pangong lake a popular attraction.

Leh is well-connected with other cities and towns in the region. Flights are available from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Kalka railway station (754 kilometers) is the nearest railway station.

Indians have to obtain an inner line permit for visiting this lake. If you are not an Indian you need to obtain a protected area permit if you want to travel from Leh to Pangong lake.

Pangong lake is around 150 kilometers from Leh. Government and private companies operate buses between Leh and the lake. I suggest that you take JKSRTC bus from Leh to Pangong lake.

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

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Udaipur Palace

This wonderful palace is in Rajasthan. It was built by several rulers of the Mewar dynasty over a period of around four centuries. It is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. Popular movies 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and 'Ram Leela' were shot here.

Flights are available to Udaipur from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The city has three railway stations: Ranapratapnagar (RPZ), Udaipur City (UDZ), Umra (UMRA); and two bus stations: Udaipur, Udaipur (Cg).

Udaipur Palace Rajasthan

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India Gate

This war memorial is located in New Delhi. Each face of this cenotaph has "Amar Jawan" inscribed in gold the words. "Amar Jawan" means immortal soldier. India Gate has featured in many movies, including Rang De Basanthi, Fanaa and Chandni.

The best way to travel in Delhi is by Delhi Metro. The nearest metro station to India Gate is the Central Secretariat, which is around 2.4 kilometers from the war memorial.

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Shillong, which is the capital of Meghalaya, is a popular hill station in Northeast India. This enchanting city is surrounded by pine trees. Rolling hills around the city have earned it the title "Scotland of the East". Bollywood movie 'Har Pal' was shot in Shillong.

The nearest airport (25 kilometers) to Shillong is the Umroi Airport near Barapani; and the nearest railway station (105 kilometers) is the Guwahati railway station.

Helicopter services are available between Guwahati and Tura, and Tura and Shillong, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and between Guwahati and Shillong daily except on Sunday.

Shillong is well-connected by road. You can reach this beautiful tourist attraction by government bus, private bus or taxi. Road journey from Guwahati to Shillong gives you many opportunities to enjoy mother nature in all her glory.

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Rohtang Pass

This high mountain pass (elevation: 3,978 meters) connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The immensely popular song “Yeh Ishq Hai“ from the movie "Jab We Met" was shot here.

Rohtang Pass is around 51 kilometers from Manali. It is open from June to October. You need permission to visit this popular tourist destination. Permits are issued on first come first serve basis daily at the Tourist Information Center between 10 am and 8 pm. If you collect your permit today, you will be able to travel the next day.

Nearest airport (104 kilometers) to Rohtang Pass is the Bhuntar Airport; and the nearest railway station (103 kilometers) is the Joginder Nagar railway station. Buses and taxis are available from the airport and the railway station to Rohtang Pass.


Located in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 2,042.2 meters, this beautiful town was originally set up as a sanitarium or health resort by the British in mid 1800s. But over the years, it has become a major tourist attraction.

Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Hariyali Aur Raasta, Professor, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Hamraaz, Baharon Ki Manzil, Jhuk Gaya Asman and Anurodh are some Bollywood movies shot in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is in West Bengal. Nearest airport (95 kilometers) to this enchanting town is the Bagdogra Airport; and the nearest railway station (88 kilometers) is the Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Darjeeling is well-connected by road with other cities and towns in the region.

Bollywood produces around 1,600 movies in a year.

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      Srikanth R 

      2 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Liz Westwood 

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      There are some great illustrations with this article.


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