Mujhe states ke naam na sunai dete hai na dikhai dete hai … sirf ek mulk ka naam sunai deta hai I-N-D-I-A – Captain Kabir Khan, Chak De India
Felt goosebumps? We Indians somehow have immense love for our patriotic movies. It doesn’t take much time for dialogues to become iconic sentences and the actors to become national heroes when it is about the country. Fair enough, eh? You can relive these iconic movies by travelling to these destination this Republic Day.
Now, for the love of our great country and even greater Bollywood movies, here is a list of places where famous patriotic Bollywood movies were shot. Oh and just to remind you, The Republic Day is coming with 2018s first long weekend. So, if you havent made any plans yet, give these destinations a try.
Rang De Basanti
The quintessential Republic Day special movies made its way straight into the heart of the countrys youth with its impactful plot, awe-inspiring dialogues and music. Rang De Basanti follows the life of a young British filmmaker as she embarks on a journey to make a documentary on the life of freedom fighters of India. She casts four unruly young men and a woman, studying at Delhi University who, over the course of the movie, wage a war against the corrupt policies and negligence of the government.
While most of the movie was shot in the Capital of the country, the famous groovy song of the last decade, Masti ki Pathshala, was shot at Nahargarh Fort. The fort, that once formed the defence ring of the city, along with Amer Fort, today is visited by tourists from around the world. There is a restaurant inside the premises, making it perfect for spending an afternoon watching the sunset with some beers by the side.
Where to Stay: V Resorts Adhbhut Jaipur
V recommends: With the options of heritage tour, fort tour, handicraft tour and a view of the magnificent Amer Fort right in front of you, this heritage resort checks all the right boxes for your stay in Jaipur this Republic Day.
One of the popular war movies ever to be made in the history of Indian cinema, Border strikes a chord with viewers of all ages. Based on the Battle of Longewala, the movie aims to portray the real-life events of people who suffered during the long war.
The Thar desert forms the backdrop of the movie for most of the time. A fascination for desert-lovers, the vast arid expanses of the Thar allow you to spend your holidays sipping refreshing drinks under the sun or go on a camel safari. Dune bashing is one adventure activity we totally recommend as Republic Day special for the thrill-seekers.
Where to stay: V Resorts Adhbhut Jaipur
V recommends: Experience what the term glamping means by staying at this luxury camp. With open lawns, gazebos and a swimming pool, the resort have everything one needs for a luxury weekend getaway from the hustle of the city.
Chak De India
Captain Kabir Khan won the hearts as well as the box office numbers with this passionate film, giving Indians what we love the most, victory of India. Republic Day have some intensely-flavoured, lip-biting moments at a World Cup final. Did you too secretly shed some tears?
While the winning moment of the movie was shot in Australia, the famous Chak De India song was shot at India Gate, Lodhi Gardens, and Purana Qila in Delhi. If you happen to visit the Dilwalon ki Dilli for the Republic Day parade, do consider paying them a visit.
Pro-tip: We hear the Capital these days is bestowing its citizens and guests with beautiful chilly weather and winter sunshine. A jog in the early hours to kick start the Republic Day won’t be a bad idea. Oh, the sumptuous foods and flavours of Old Delhi are always there to give you a warm welcome.
Where to stay: V Resorts Delhi Farm Stay
V Recommend: Located just 9 km from Chhatarpur Metro Station, V Resorts Delhi Farm Stay has a beautiful collection of bonsai plants. Explore the city, check out the exquisite bonsai collection, and spend your evenings taking in the warmth of the bonfire.
Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Remember reading about 1857 uprising in history classes? Aamir Khan’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising that covered the historic mutiny has several portions shot in Wai in Maharashtra. The high-on-patriotism title song was shot in Menavali Ghat in Satara. Talking of other portions, while the sati scene featuring Ameesha Patel was shot at Dhom Dam, the scene where Aamir Khan’s character meets Rani Mukherjee’s was shot at the Kashi Vishweshwar Temple in Satara. This can very well be your Republic Day retreat to relive the moments of history.
Wai is a treat for nature lovers. Located at the foothills of Panchgani and with scenic views of hills and forests all around you, there is no reason why Wai won’t appeal to your senses.
Where to stay: V Resorts Anandvan Wai
V Recommend: A lesser- known destination, Wai has been a favourite among Bollywood filmmakers. Go on and explore these filming locations this Republic Day or take a temple (there are 100 in Wai) tour.
LOC Kargil & Lakshya
The two Kargil War-based movies had a large number of their scenes shot in the chilly hills of Leh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. While LOC Kargil was shot in the harsh winters of Ladakh, Lakshya saw Hrithik Roshan’s character hoisting the Indian flag on the peak. The peak used in the movie is the Taglang La Pass in Ladakh. At an elevation of 5,328 metres, this pass is one of the highest passes in the Ladakh region. Though it will be an adventure to stand at the peak on Republic Day. You may not have to go all the way up there but you can surely admire the beauty of other snow-covered passes in the region.
The shooting locations of Lakshya though are not limited to Ladakh. Hrithik’s training scenes after he clears his exams for the Army were shot at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. You may want to drop by sometime if you pass by Uttarakhand.
V Recommend: Explore the enchanting Nubra Valley in Ladakh on the day of freedom, Republic Day and spend some quality time with your loved ones over a picnic lunch in Dehradun.