Bollywood movies choose their favourite destination to shoot which are exotic in nature. Certain places, which are otherwise unexplored, are ventured by most of the film makers. Even the monuments like Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, etc. has been shot again and again over the years which we see in many films reminds us of our heritage sites.
Recently concluded Film Festival at the National Museum of Indian Cinema (Film Division), which was held from August 9-11. The ASEAN-Indian Film Festival is one of the events being held to commemorate 2019 as the ASEAN-India Year of Tourism Cooperation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai in cooperation with the tourism boards of the ASEAN countries and India, inaugurated this festival to boost Travel related to film shooting. In addition to the common history, cultural celebrations and religious connections; interestingly, the ASEAN countries also celebrate their national days during the month of August. Alongside displaying the common ties among the countries, the objective of this festival is also to highlight the potential film tourism in these countries.
When it comes to Historical moves and Heritage movies, Rajasthan Forts are selected for its grandeur and super erection.
Here is a list of filming locations that are famous in India with a backdrop of Rajasthan Forts. Bollywood and Hollywood films have surely captured these edifices in an enchanting way.
Udaipur Fort: Udaipur has been entitled as one of the Heavenly Place and fits perfect on the list of many renowned directors of both Bollywood and Hollywood. More than a dozen films are shot in Udaipur and adjacent Forts over the past 4 to 5 decades. Some of the popular films are Guide (1965), Mera Saya (1966), Octopussy (1983), Heat & Dust (1983), Khuda Gawah (1992), The Fall (2006), Eklavya (2007), Ye Jawani Hai Deewani (2013),
Amer Fort: The most recent film Bajirao Mastani was shot at Amer Fort or Amber Fort which is located around 11km. from Jaipur. Bhansali choose the location to present a real life story and real edifice.
Roopangarh Fort in Kishangarh: Palace scenes featuring Ashwarya Rai as Jodhaabai and Hritik Roshan as Akbar was filmed at the Roopangarh Fort in Kishangarh. The sequence featuring the Battle of Panipat was shot in the Dhula region located on the outskirts of Jaipur.
Chittorgarh Fort: The famous low angle tracking shot of Waheeda Rehman dancing along the ledge of the fort continues to amaze one even today.
Location. Chittorgarh Fort is spread across 700 acres atop a 180 meter (590 foot) high hill about two hours northeast of Udaipur, in the southern part of Rajasthan state. The hill and fort are situated near the Gambhiri River, making the setting particularly spectacular.
Jagmandir Palace, Udaipur: Mera saaya is a 1966 hit Bollywood movie starring Sunil Dutt and Sadhana, the film won the Filmfare best sound award for Manohar Ambedkar.Some superhit songs of the movie are “Jhumka gira re”,”Naino mein badra”, “Tu jahan jahan chalega”. Some parts of the movie was shot in Udaipur at Dudh talai, lake palace and Jagmandir palace. ‘Naino Wali ne’ song from the movie, location in the picture Jagmandir Palace, Udaipur.
Udaipur Palace: The Hollywood movie Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore, Kabir Bedi and Persis Khambatta was shot in various parts of Udaipur ranging from the Monsoon Palace to Lal Ghat and from Lake Pichola to the City Palace. It even had James Bond traveling in an auto rickshaw in the by-lanes of the Lake City.
When to Visit: Winter is the ideal season for tourists to visit Rajasthan as there are various activities that people can participate in like sightseeing, trekking, desert safaris, wildlife tours, etc. If you are a fan of wildlife and adventure, Ranthambore National Park is perfect as during these months there is a higher possibility of spotting tigers.
For others who are looking forward to getting close to Rajasthani art and culture can spend time in the desert areas that take place in Jaisalmer as well as Pushkar. These places take less time to explore but ensure maximum enjoyment.
Best Season to visit Rajasthan:
Winter: Duration: October to March
Temperature: 10 to 27 degree Celsius
Places to Visit: Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and other Forts of Medieval India.
Monsoon season mainly ranges between April to June and is generally not preferred by the tourists, mainly the desert areas. The harsh temperature and scorching sun make it really difficult to roam around the city.
Season: Monsoon: Duration: July to September
Temperature: 21 to 35 degree Celsius