Top Film Shooting Locales in India

India is the most dramatic shooting location in the world:snowy mountains, pristine islands, plunging ravines, dusty plains--imagine the earth and get it.



If the Himalayas can be likened to an oyster, then Ladakh is the pearl. Nestled in the womb of the Himalayas, the main attraction is the 9-storied royal palace styled on the lines of the famous Potala Palace of Tibet. There are the trekking trails, the temples of Chamba and Jo Kang Gompa and the Zanskar Valley.

Puducherry,Botanical Gardens


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'.



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.

New Delhi


Delhi has been the capital of successive dynasties and was the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the British Empire. The city has a continuous living history of more than 3000 years and has been one of the most important cities of India. This eternal city offers a sumptuous banquet of   history and heritage, seamlessly in tune with its transformation as one of the world’s fastest growing and largest metropoles today.



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 handpulled rickshaws, the Chinese district. The boatsman taking people across the Hoogly as modern vehicles criss-cross the Howrah Bridge.

Himachal Pradesh,Shimla Mla hostel


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.



Gujarat offers beautiful landscapes of various natures, it is  interspersed with culture, tradition and festivities. Gujarat has a diverse portfolio of landscapes, from the hills of Saputara, to the white desert in Kutch, from the jungles of Gir to virgin beaches. Such landscapes, coupled with some beautiful heritage structures,make Gujarat a unique destination for filmmakers. These locales cater to every mood for every canvas.



India in microcosm, Mumbai, or Bombay as it was once known, provides an excellent backdrop for the race that always finishes in the future. Slick and bright urban exteriors that have dark underbellies interrupted by colours that connect across time. Busy bustling daytimes with brightly lit nights that blink and shimmer to a heady
beat of people and machines, avant garde and artless,incessantly on the move



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.

Morning bathers at Ganges ghat


Its university is the seat of knowledge and ancient wisdom and the burning ghats along the river Ganga the apparent route to salvation and eternal peace. Spiritual and mystic moods meld with stark realities of everyday existentialism and the frolic of innocence.

Khimsar Fort


Rajasthan is filmmakers’ paradise and a dream destination for film shooting - inspiring forts, majestic mansions,havelis of architectural splendour,heritage hotels,picturesque surroundings, wilderness of
silence. The State has a film-friendly policy and encourages filmmakers both within and outside the country.



Kerala, commonly referred to as God’s own country, never lets one down.A small stretch of land, with its cool mountains in the east, rolling hills in the middle which ultimately reach out to the west to the long stretches of pristine, untouched beaches. This unmatched visual feast is complemented by its famous backwaters sandwiched
between the sea and the land.

Ramoji, Film City


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. Hyderabad houses the Telugu film industry which produces over 200 films each year.



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. And a visual of debris of violent terror attacks contrasts with the colours and culture of a peace-loving people and the beauty of the general environment.

Jonha Falls,Ranchi


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.



Madhya Pradesh is called the Heart of India because of its location in the centre of the country. The State has everything -- spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers dotted with hills and lakes and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in sylvan surroundings. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts & palaces are dotted all over the State.

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