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Shooting Locales in India

India has some of the most dramatic shooting locations in the world. Snowy mountrins, pristine islands, plunging ravines, dusty plains -- imagine the earth and get it. Here are top Indian locates from various states of the sub-continent

Gujarat

Gujarat

Winner of Indian government’s national award for the 'Most film-friendly state', Gujarat is increasingly becoming the most preferred spot for the tinsel world. Filmmakers wishing to offer the audience an ‘eastern’ experience can land in Gujarat, for its traditional festivals like Navaratri or the kite festival, which can fill up the screens with their vibrant and colourful themes.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal in Agra, the symbol of love, attracts filmmakers to Uttar Pradesh . The monument is a favourite among home-grown directors with the moon appearing to bathe in the Yamuna river alongside, translate into sheer poetry on the silver screen. The temple town of Varanasi offers cultural experience for the international viewer, with its prayers and the divine Ganges flowing by.

Kerala

Kerala

With its unmatched natural beauty, this 'God’s own country' is a God-send for cinema. Be it the Athirapally or Paalaruvi Falls that take away one’s breath, or the backwaters at Kumarakom which can serve as the perfect backdrop for films that are high on romance. Munnar, with its misty tea gardens, pristine waters of Varkala and Alappuzha, can be a filmmaker’s alternative to Venice.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

The 'heart of India', Madhya Pradesh, true to its size, offers a wide variety of locales, eliminating the role of a set designer. From the Ahilya Fort overlooking the Narmada river, and the marble rocks of Bheraghat, to the green hills of Pachmarhi, the options are rich and many.

Goa

Goa

The Cannes of India. Currently known as the host city of International Film Festival of India. A land of sun, sea and sand; feni, fun and frolic. Beaches galore, churches and saints, music and dance, festivals and carnivals. Where people enjoy music and dance and raise a toast to celebrate every occasion.

Ladakh

Ladakh

The Dal Lake dotted with innumerable houseboats and the distant snow covered mountains. Each houseboat with its own interior layout. Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam at higher levels. A warm and outgoing local populace adding its own unique colour to the surroundings. A hint of uneasiness sometimes.

Karnataka

Karnataka

Houses the Silicon City of India. And a whole array of health spas. A range of architecture depicted through its palaces, temples, mausoleums, monuments and ruins. Sanctuaries, national parks and waterfalls. Endless beaches, forests, scenic hills and modern cityscapes.

Puducherry

Puducherry

Ang Lee’s Oscar winning film ‘Life of Pi’ was shot partly in Puducherry (in South India). That has transformed Puducherry into a paradise for filmmakers. A French colony until 1954, this coastal town retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, statues, and systematic town planning and is dubbed ‘The Europe of India’.

Kolkata

Kolkata

The British are long gone but the colonial influence still remains, in the look of its buildings and monuments. Interiors and mindsets that haven’t morphed with the times yet co-exist happily with today. The quaint hand-pulled rickshaws, the Chinese district. The boatsman taking people across the Hoogly as modern vehicles criss-cross the Howrah Bridge.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

From hills to mountains, capped by snowy peaks; punctuated by passes and glaciers. Dotted by rich flora and abundant variety of wildlife with 90% of its seven million population people residing in rural areas. Himachal Pradesh has an abundance of parks, rich with flora and fauna and regions that experience temperature extremes.

Telangana

Telangana

Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is the world’s largest integrated film studio complex and one of Asia’s most popular tourism and recreation centers. Hyderabad features many heritage buildings constructed during Qutb Shahi and Nizam eras, showcasing Indo-Islamic architecture influenced by Medieval, Mughal and European styles. the Telugu film industry produces over 200 films each year.

Jharkhand

Jharkhand

Jharkhand is a nature lover’s paradise. It is home to countless waterfalls -- Hundru Falls, Lodh Falls and Johna Falls. The State’s locales include forests, hills, valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, history, culture, charming towns and vibrant cities. It is an unexplored paradise and will be filmmakers’ delight for new locales.

Kashmir

Kashmir

The Dal Lake dotted with innumerable houseboats and the distant snow covered mountains. Each houseboat with its own interior layout. Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam at higher levels. A warm and outgoing local populace adding its own unique colour to the surroundings. A hint of uneasiness sometimes.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan

This princely state is the top choice for royal tales. With its imposing palaces and forts, the cities of Rajasthan might very well pass of as international destinations, thanks to its foreign tourists. The stories of Hawa Mahal, Mount Abu and the haunted forts in Alwar are waiting to be told on celluloid.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh

The sun-kissed beaches of Visakhapatnam and the Godavari that cruises along with a tune, Andhra’s beauty has not diminished despite being bifurcated. Adding to this are the temples of Vijayawada and the Indian Grand Canyon at Gandikota. The Araku Valley here, a popular shooting spot by itself, is where the clouds say hello to the hills.

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