For a long time, Bollywood films have covered many magnificent scenic sites, cultural centres, and vibrant locations, ranging from European capitals and the Mediterranean to Himachal Pradesh and Rameshwaram. These films gave us the privilege of travelling the world through cinematic magic and also inspired us to pack up our own bags and be the globetrotters that we are today.
Travelling, for those who love it, is almost like a therapeutic approach that heals them by exposing them to the beauty and experiences of an uncharted world. There are a plethora of Bollywood films that serve as an escape from the harsh realities of life while also providing a unique glimpse into scenic destinations around the world. Those three hours spent staring at a laptop screen or the silver screen become a gateway from our everyday issues.
So here are 10 Hindi films on travel that'll compel you to plan a getaway right now:
Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)
This 2017 film follows a Gujarati girl named Sejal (Anushka Sharma) who loses her engagement ring while on vacation with her family and enlists the help of 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 falls in love. Towards the end of the film, however, the film brings us back to India, taking us to old town 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 trip from Mumbai to Rameshwaram. While the protagonists' journey begins by rail, it eventually turns into a road trip, stopping at beautiful locations along the way. All of Goa's Dudhsagar Falls, Munnar's undulating tea estates, Pollachi near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu's Vattamalai Murugan Temple, and the historic Pamban Bridge make Chennai Express a travel film as well.
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 honour her parents' anniversary, Ayesha (Chopra) prepares a 10-day cruise through Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Italy, and France, and the vacation brings the fractured family together 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 yet loving father-daughter relationship. The film's heart and soul is a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, via the spiritual city of Varanasi. The voyage highlights the struggles of a single daughter caring for her ageing father, putting her own desires and needs on a hold. On this journey, she is accompanied by the owner of a taxi service, who helps Piku see life differently. Varanasi's quaint appeal and Kolkata's old-world charm make up for some special sequences in the film.
Highway is a film about a girl named Veera, played by Alia Bhatt, who is abducted and forced to go to Kashmir via Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh in a truck. The journey through snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear rivers, lush green countryside, and tiny hamlets of Pahalgam, Aru and Spiti Valley ends up liberating Veera, forcing her to question her family's intentions and her impending wedding.
Rani a young woman from Delhi, decides to go on her honeymoon alone after being dumped by her fiance. She not only makes new friends but falls in love with herself while roaming around the beautiful streets of Paris and Amsterdam. The film effectively revolutionised the idea of solo travel for women, telling them that backpacking and partying in Europe isn't just for guys.
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Jab We Met (2007)
Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor's romantic comedy is a long journey that takes place in bits and pieces. While the two meet on train, disembarking in Ratlam, what follows is a road trip to Kota, Bhatinda, Manali, and later to Shimla and to Bhatinda back again. This journey happens on a rail, bus, rickshaw, cycle, jeep, and even by a truck- making it one of the most wholesome travel films 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 wanderlust through these locations in India, it also captures a wanderer's should with a song sequence set in Paris, as Bunny travels with a travel show crew and lives the life he always dreamt of.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara tells the story of three friends who embark on a bachelor's vacation to Spain. The trip however takes a turn for the better when all three of them end up facing their worst fears and addressing conflicts that bother them. Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin are among the film's ensemble cast members. The Spanish holiday unfolds in form of a road-tripping from Barcelona to Costa Brava, Seville, Buol, and Pamplona, where they also attend the famous La Tomatina Festival and participate in activities such as deep-sea diving, skydiving, and a bull run.
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
This Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer travels through Punjab's small villages, Old Delhi's narrow streets to London's vibrant places, Kolkata's oldest neighbourhoods, and a view of San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge. Its sequel, Love Aaj Kal 2, starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan, effectively captures the beauty of Chitkul, dubbed The Last Village of India, in Himachal Pradesh, on the Indo-Tibetan border.
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