Bollywood and Europe have had a long ongoing love story. From the snowcapped mountains to the eccentric beaches, there are a lot of European travel destinations that Bollywood has inspired. Now, since we can’t travel, we might as well relive those memories with some binge watching. So here are our picks if you want to travel Bollywood style:
How could we not start our list with Switzerland? Switzerland has been a mainstay of every 90s Bollywood romance thanks to Yash Chopra and his classics. From Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in DDLJ to all those romantic numbers like Hum ko Humise Churalo from Mohobattein; the Swiss Alps of Switzerland have been calling us to their glory for long. Moreover, tour operators even run Bollywood themed tours. These take you to iconic destinations of Bollywood movies. So Bollywood hotspots like Gstaad, the Montbovon churches (canton of Fribourg) or the bridge of Saanen (Remember DDLJ?), all are part of the experience.
2. Costa Brava, Spain
Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara is said to have boosted tourism to Spain by up to 32%. And we know why that is! From the serene beaches to the funfilled La Tomatina festival, Bachelor Trip or not, we all wanted to experience it. So head to Barcelona, and you can book an all-day trip to Costa Brava and Lloret De Mar to experience the beaches straight out of the Bollywood movie scenes. Or visit Pamplona for the Bull racing experience if you are one of the daring kinds!
3. Corsica Island, France
We discovered this beautiful island with Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in Tamasha. From the beaches and opulent mansions at Ajaccio to beautiful locales in Bastia and Bonifacio, Corsica Island wants us to go Matargashti asap! Be it Mountain biking or water activities at its coastline- Corsica offers a lot of adventure as well as relaxing, whatever suits your taste, here. We are surprised how we hadn’t discovered this one until Bollywood did!
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4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
In the mood for some thrill like Rani and Vijaylakshmi from ‘Queen’? It’s Hungama abuzz here with ClubNL (the song is shot here). Travelers can look to experience the canal cruises or discover The Flying Pig mansion in Vondelpark. Additionally, there is the Van Gogh Museum the art enthusiasts must visit too! Remember Rani and her roommates exploring a quaint and colorful town on a boat? So head to Volendam, the fishing village, and experience the beauty from the freshwater lakes flowing through it! Interestingly, much before Rani explored Amsterdam, it was another Rani (Mukherjee) and Saif Ali Khan singing Ladki Kyun Najaane Kyun in HumTum here as well. Quite the Bollywood favorite, no?
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5. Paris, France
What is a Bollywoodesque trip to Europe without a visit to Paris? From Ranbir Kapoor soul searching travelogue with Ilahi to Ranveer Singh and Vani Kapoor going Befikre- Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Lock Bridge, Sacre Cour, Monmarte and Champs Elysees have all been Bollywood favorites from France.
In addition to these, Bollywood has also explored Baden-Baden in Germany with Dil Toh Pagal Hai’s title track, Budapest and Prague in Jab Harry Met Sejal. In addition, London has also been a Bollywood’s favorite destination with London Dreams and Namastey London set in the British capital. So this time you head Europe, don’t forget to pack your chiffon Saree to sway Bollywood style!