Bollywood lovers, looking for inspiration to plan your next trip, check out these places in North East India where some of your favorite Bollywood movies were filmed!
India has some of the most beautiful landscapes. From majestic mountains to seas to deep valleys, this country has it all. And when it comes to less explored Northeast India, the destination is fantastic to say the least. From living root bridges to one-horned rhinos to the highest lake in the country (and the world), the seven sisters have it all.
Northeast India has gained popularity in recent years, with more and more people discovering its potential as an adventure and slow tourism destination. The life, culture and music of the area have been popular for many years, and the quaint serenity of the mountains and forests attracts those seeking peace for adventure.
No wonder the region has attracted the attention of so many filmmakers over the years. Yes, the region has never been as popular as the northern hills or Kashmir, but the limited films based here have tried to justify the natural beauty that photography can’t reliably capture.
So, if you are exploring North East India, be sure to check out these movie scenes shot in this region. From immersing yourself in the music and culture of the region, to showing off its stunning gardens, mountains, and more, these films show you much of what the region has to offer, leaving you completely mesmerized and awed. let me
Northeast Indian locations featured in Bollywood movies
1. Arunachal Pradesh – Bedhya, Rangoon, Koira
The beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh has beautiful tourist destinations such as Tawang, Ziro Valley and Itanagar. The destinations here are a blend of nature and culture, each leaving its own imprint on the state’s tourist map. Many of these destinations, including Ziro and Sagalee, are featured in the film. BediyahPasigat was featured in the 2017 film RangoonAs for . Coilerthe movie featured the song, Tankai Tankai, along with several other scenes, were filmed in Tawang. Other must-see places in Arunachal Pradesh are the Forest for Bird Watchers, Namsai Lake and Rowing Lake.
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2. Meghalaya – Lockon 2, Anek, Harpal
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is also known as the rock capital of India. No wonder it’s a sequel to the 2008 musical drama. Lock-on!!, was shot here. The film explores rock music in a picturesque mountain town, all celebrating music, love and romance.apart from lock on 2another film shot in Meghalaya is Anek, based on the Northeast Indian Rebellion. Places other than Shillong that you must visit on your trip to Meghalaya are Cherrapunji, Maurinon, Living His Root Bridge East His Khasi Hills.
3. Nagaland – Saya
When it comes to travel, the beautiful province of Nagaland has a lot to offer. From scenic mountains to quaint hill stations to vast mountain lakes, the destination has it all. 2003 movie Saaya I was shot here in the Mokokchung District! Other must-visit places in Nagaland include Kohima, Jukou Valley and museums.
4. Assam – Anek, Ekpal, Daman
Assam is perhaps one of the most visited and most accessible destinations in Northeast India. State capital. Guwahati is home to several top institutions such as IIT Guwahati and is popular nationwide for its cultural vibrancy. Some of the movies shot here are Anek, Ek Pal When Daman, featuring places such as Jorhat and Guwahati. If you are visiting Assam, head to Kaziranga National Park to see the One-Horned Rhino, Kamakhya Temple, its waterfalls and more.
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5. Sikkim – Jewel Thieves
The 1967 film starring Dev Anand was probably one of the first to introduce Northeast India to the big screen. Filmed at several locations throughout Sikkim, this spy thriller adds a mystical aura to the beautiful locations featured in the film. If you see this movie and want to visit Sikkim, you must visit Gangtok, Pelling, Kanchenzonga National Park, Natura Pass, Tsomgo Lake, and more.
(Hero and protagonist images: Stills from the movie “Bediyah”)
This article was first published in Travel+Leisure India and South Asia.