Bollywood- the concocter of stories- beautiful, scenic, emotional, melodramatic and what not! These tales have inspired us to love, hate, care, weep and suffused us with every human emotion. But they have also inspired to do something else! By unraveling beautiful locales, breathtaking natural landscapes, they have inspired us to travel. Since Bollywood has most of the times used the village as the backdrop of its stories, let us just explore atleast 10 of such most beautiful villages in India that deserve a mention and if travel lust inspires you, a visit.
1. Chamba- Taal
Taal se Taal Mila- this is how Aishwarya Rai dances enticingly in the rain against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful locations in India. , one of the most beautiful Himachal valleys endowed with lush green landscape, was the shooting location of this movie. Dressed in white, she seems to feel the monsoon bliss of nature with all her senses, in Chamba Valley. Visit this picturesque village to see what the wonders of nature have to render in India.
2. Ramgarh- Sholay
The shape of Bollywood would have been completely different without this movie. And it is Ramgarh that offers a perfect backdrop against the saga of love and revenge. The fictional village gets its shooting in Ramnagar, a beautiful place in Karnataka , just around 50 kms from the throbbing city of Bangalore. Visit this village to observe the unsullied vistas of natural beauty.
3. Charanpur- Swades
This is the village where SRK comes looking for his roots is in Wai district enroute to Mahableshwar in Maharashtra. You must have seen the picturesque temple with its village tank is Menavali Ghat which is in reality located just outside the town of Wai. A perfect place to portray the essential Indian village, replete with temples, hills and simple people!
4. Abhaneri- Paheli
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You remember the beautiful woman falling in love with the ghost! Yes Paheli movie was shot in Abhaneri village which is a beautiful small village located about 97 Kms away from the capital city Jaipur, more specifically on Jaipur – Agra road in Dausa district.
5. Champaner- Lagan
This was one village where the pre-independent British Raj was portrayed in India. And the setting of the film-inspired by the Champaner village in Bihar is the village of Kanura which lies just outside of Bhuj in Gujarat. The entire settlement of the villagers in the movie was erected in the village.
6. Sundarapandianpuram- Roja
Did you see the beautiful panoramas of the village that had kept an innocent soul like Roza. Running through the fields and bathing in those waterfalls, this movie was filmed in Courtallam or Kutralam, which is actually a tourist place now famous for those waterfalls.
7. Lootera- Purulia
You must have watched this quaint and somber love story and wept at its tragic ending. Well most of this movie was shot in Purulia diatrict in West Bengal. Surrounded by beautiful lakes and hills, the town must have stolen your heart for sure!
8. Budbuda- Billu
Billu movie was mostly shot in Pollachi village in Tamil Nadu whose stunning beauty has attracted the Bollywoods attention. The village has been portrayed in many a South Indian movies but it was also the setting for the Bollywood film, Billu. Visit this Tamil village to look at the real India.
9. Badami – Guru
Mani Ratnam chose the location of his movie Guru near Badami in Karnataka. But then it is able to capture what he wanted to portray in Gujarat. Look at those beautiful temples that make you fall in love with the Indian village.
10. Mahmudabad Dedh Ishqiya
Relive the age of the rajas of the erstwhile Kingdom of Awadh as recreated in Mamudabad palace in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. This is the same place where Dedh Ishquiya, the movie was shot. You must have noticed the edifice of great beauty situated in a sprawling feudal estate in this famous movie.
Any listing is never complete. Do let us know if you want to add further to this list!