5 Famous Indian Destinations Where Hollywood Movies Were Shot

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Ancient cities, bustling traditional bazaars, historical and cultural heritage and most importantly, the fulfillment of spiritual quest. India has always allured the travelers from the West as a place of heart-warming expeditions. No wonder that the country has its own share of moments in some popular Hollywood tales. Won’t you like to be at some of these places and discover what made them catch the fancy of the international storytellers? Here’s a list of the top Indian locations filmed in Hollywood movies.

The rising of Bruce Wayne at Jodhpur

The Blue City of Rajasthan is dominated by the colossal Mehrangarh Fort which houses some of the spectacular royal palaces and galleries. The heritage walks around the city take one to the royal cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Not to forget, there exist some splendid lakes like Balsamand and Gulab Sagar adding loveliness to the historical landscape. The city definitely impressed the makers of The Dark Knight Rises and The Darjeeling Limited.

The city has a domestic airport and a busy railway station, along with good road connectivity. Another equally interesting place is Jaisalmer and can  easily be accessible by booking Jodhpur to Jaisalmer taxi in advance.

Slumdog Millionaire’s abode in Mumbai

The country’s City of Dreams and the most happening metropolis Mumbai features in many Hollywood movies India like Slumdog Millionaire. This comes as a shock but a few travel operators offer guided tours through Dharavi for those who need deeper insight into a slum in general. From an outstanding trail of Victorian Architecture (Fort St. George, Victoria Terminus, Gateway of India and the Prince of Wales Museum) to the beaches, temples, museums and street food to the vibrant street markets, the city has a lot to charm its visitors.

Namesake in Kolkata

The critically acclaimed and award-winning movie The Namesake is among the famous Hollywood movies about India. The film switches backdrops from New York to Kolkata, the Cultural Capital of India. There is something truly amazing about the city which boasts of India’s literary wealth and the timeless colonial heritage. Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Calcutta Racecourse, Belur Math and Kali Temple are as fascinating as the city’s grand festivities and mouth-watering sweets. Feel free to book a cab if you are willing not to miss any one of these places.

Jason Bourne’s chase supremacy in Goa

Fondly called the Party Capital of India, Goa boasts of the internationally-famed beaches, larger-than-life carnivals and arrays of colonial forts and churches. The spy thriller The Bourne Supremacy highlights the old world charm of the place which has much more to reveal to the holidaymakers. Examples include the beaches of Vagator, Arjuna, Calangute and Palolem; the churches like Bom Jesus Basilica and Se Cathedral, the exciting flea markets, seaside resorts and water adventures as well as many wildlife reserves.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Varanasi

One of the latest Hollywood movies India The Curious Case of Benjamin Button brought the likes of Brad Pitt to the shores of Ganges (Ganga) in Varanasi. Revered as the holiest Hindu city and among the most ancient and continuously inhabited cities of the world, Varanasi is all about the buzzing ghats (ranks) of Ganga, unique Hindu temples and a multifaceted culture. If you visit the city, don’t miss an early morning boat ride and the evening aarti (prayers) of Ganga.

This post was originally published on BookCab’s blog.


Jyothi is an avid traveler and writer who loves to discover surprising truths.

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