10 Bollywood-Inspired Road Trips You Must Plan Soon
Bollywood, since time immemorial, has ruled the hearts of the people of our country. From mimicking iconic dialogues to aping fashion trends, fanatics who worship movie stars swear by them all their life. Every once in a while comes a Bollywood movie where the hero sets out on the road in order to ‘discover’ himself or herself.
Here are 10 movies from which you can draw inspiration, and go on road-trips of your own.
Dil Chahta Hai
This iconic movie was not a road trip movie per se, but it is etched in the memories of everyone who could relate to its theme of ever-lasting friendships. 3 best friends having the time of their life while driving on the road is the best that can happen to your friends and you, right?
From Mumbai to Goa via NH17
Distance 590 km
Time 10.5 hours
The terrifically-shot movie across the Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Himachal hinterland is one for the purists of travel.
From Delhi to Naldahera (round-trip)
Distance 700 km | Time 12 hours
Imagine driving from one end of a country as vast as India to the other. This is what Piku achieved, taking the viewers on a journey from the west to the east, all the while serving nostalgia.
From Delhi to Kolkata via NH19
Distance 1500 km | Time 23 hours
The quintessential movie for all the engineers across the nation, 3 Idiots is famous for turning the pristine Pangong Lake into a frequently-thronged tourist spot.
From Delhi to Ladakh via Manali-Leh Highway
Distance Over 1000 km | Time Depends on the road
This underrated movie is a visual treat, and you can experience it for real by travelling across Rajasthan’s majestic landscape. Make sure your journey culminates at the glorious Rann of Kutch.
From Delhi to Jaisalmer via NH11
Distance 750 km | Time 13.5 hours
Jab We Met
Everyone’s favourite movie of recent times, the feel-good Jab We Met was another tale of lives crossing each other on the road. Take this unique road trip on your own, and who knows, perhaps you’ll meet someone special too!
From Bathinda to Manali via NH 3
Distance 470 km | Time 10.25 hours
Everyone knows Goa as the ultimate party destination in India, but few explore its myriad and untouched landscapes, especially the interiors.
From North to South Goa
Distance 75 km | Time 1.75 hours
While all of the above-mentioned movies revolve around trips in India, we could not leave out a few notable mentions which would make you want to travel abroad.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
The epitome of travel movies, as it is often called, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara takes you into the heart of the celebrated Spanish culture and festivals. The rustic locations and the grandeur of the countryside and the beaches will blow you away.
From Barcelona to Pamplona, Spain (via Bunol and Seville)
Distance 480 km | Time 4.5 hours
This popular film was splendidly shot across the French island of Corsica, and where ‘French’ is mentioned, we rather not mention anything else!
From Bastia to Bonifacio, Corsica (via Ajaccio)
Distance 265 km | Time 5 hours
This critically-acclaimed movie about an under-confident girl reincarnating into something else entirely due to a solo trip in Europe is what travellers swear by. Time for your own self-discovery, then?
From Paris to Amsterdam via A1
Distance 503 km | Time 5.25 hours
Happy journeys, people!