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5 breath-taking Bollywood locations that are drawing the tourists in

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:49 IST

Whether you like it or not, cinema is the biggest educator in India. And what you take away from a film is your choice, based on your interests.

So aside from fun and social messages, you could very well love the locations in some movies so much that you decide to visit those places. And you're not the only one. Locations in Bollywood films tend to become so popular that by now international tourism boards - even Indian state tourism boards - offer film producers everything they can to ensure that a Bollywood film is shot in their country or state.

Here are five locations that became tourist havens after Hindi movies were set there.

Kashmir (India):

In 1964, when Shammi Kapoor's Kashmir Ki Kali released, the state became a major attraction for all the filmmakers - and all tourists. Terrorism caused Kashmir to lose its charm in the early 2000s, but now Bollywood has its Kashmir culture back. Haider, Rockstar, Highway and the recent Bajrangi Bhaijaan among others all captured the beauty of Kashmir, showing why the state is called the heart of India.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan In Kashmir

Goa (India):

Who can forget that iconic scene from Dil Chahta Hai, with Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna at Fort Aguada? Ever since the film released, Fort Aguada has been called the Dil Chahta Hai spot, and by now millions of selfies have been shot there.

Dil Chahta Hai in Goa

Costa Brava (Spain):

It won't be wrong to say that Zindagi Naa Milegi Doobara is one of the major reasons that Indian tourists visit Spain. The story about three friends rediscovering themselves on a road trip in Spain was extremely popular with the audience - and so was the location.

Zindagi Naa Milegi Doobara in Spain

Once, all we knew about the beauty of Kerala was its backwaters. Then Shah Rukh Khan showed a whole other side to the state in Chennai Express, including the tea gardens, mountains and waterfalls.

Chennai Express in Kerala

Havana (Cuba):

Unless you've always been a fan of Cuban cigars, chances are you knew very little about till you watched Kabir Khan's Ek Tha Tiger. The stunning background of the song 'Laapata' changed everything. Now Cuba is very much on the Indian traveler's bucket list.

Ek Tha Tiger in Havana

First published: 21 August 2015, 12:14 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.