ZNMD is about three friends who set on a bachelor’s trip to Spain (which they had planned during their college) to overcome their fears. They inspire the viewers to plan a Spanish vacation as they road-tripped from
Barcelona to Costa Brava to Seville to Buñol to Pamplona enjoying the famous La Tomatina festival and taking on adventures like deep-sea diving, skydiving, and a bull run along the way.
I added the ultimate road trip through Spain to my bucket list before even the movie was finished. The movie has all the ingredients to revive the traveler in you. This is one of the inviting Bollywood road trip movies that will want you to pack your bags and head off.
There are few movies that make you fall in love with your life, ZNMD is one of those!
Queen inspires all the girls out there to drop their fears, take a call and travel solo at least once in their lifetime. The movie is about a girl who embarks on a solo trip to Paris which was supposed to be her honeymoon trip.
Rani, the main protagonist falls in love with herself while wandering around the gorgeous streets of
Paris and Amsterdam. The movie beautifully redefined the concept of solo travel. The journeys we take by ourselves are the journeys we take into ourselves, indeed.
This is the movie that I watched with my best friends and yes we were living the movie while watching it. This for sure remains one of the best travel movies Bollywood.
Any youngster who watches this movie can’t help but crave to take a road trip to
Goa with friends. With a beautiful storyline of how three friends discover the beauty of their friendship and life while on a trip to Goa, the movie set a record.
Dil Chahta Hai features quaint beach towns, golden-sand beaches, palm-fringed coastlines, back-country spice farms, quintessential churches and forts, and mouth-watering Goa Cuisine. This movie has contributed a lot to tourism for Goa. The movie also showcases the iconic city of Sydney, Australia.
All the NRI’s (Non-Resident Indians) would be able to relate with the movie Swades and will make them teary-eyed. It is the movie about an NRI played by Shahrukh Khan, who works in NASA and comes to India to discover his roots. He wants to take his nanny to the US along with him.
He takes on the journey on a luxury caravan that he rides and takes through rustic rural India and shows the warmth of people. It showcases the beautiful and vibrant culture of India and the value system that we believe in.
This movie would surely be nostalgic for many living far away from their homeland and remain in dilemma of returning back.
#5 Highway (2014)
Imtiaz Ali never fails to charm its viewers. The Highway is a film about a girl who’s kidnapped and put in a truck that travels to
Kashmir via Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh. The movie beautifully brings out the beauty of freedom through this Bollywood road trip movie.
The snow-clad mountains, crystal-clear rivers, lush green landscape, tiny hamlets of Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Spiti, and the highways of North India – the movie captures the essence of travel in India.
#6 Tamasha (2015)
Another gem from Imtiaz Ali. Tamasha transports you to the beautiful French island of
From Turquoise blue waters, stunning bays, to rugged peaks, gorgeous landscapes, medieval charm, and everything in between, the movie captures Corsica in a way that this breathtaking island becomes your bucket list destination.
#7 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)
Six honeymooning couples set on an eventful road trip from Mumbai to
Goa on a tourist bus and discover secrets about their significant others along the journey that reshapes and redefines their relationship with each other.
The trip changed their lives forever.
DDLJ, a directorial debut by Aditya Chopra, made me fall in love with the Swiss Alps and has been a dream destination that I wish to visit with my husband.
The story revolves around the love story of a boy and girl, both NRI living in London who meet on a vacation in Europe with their friends. They both travel on the Eurostar with their friends at exotic locations of Zweissimen, Gstaad, Jungfrau, and Interlaken.
This is one film that even lists in 1001 movies that you must watch before you die. Can you believe the movie ran in a theater in Maharashtra for more than 20 years?
So how can this movie not be a part of the Best Bollywood travel movies?
#9 Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
This movie made me fall in love with cruise trips. Ayesha plans a 10-day cruise sailing through Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Italy, and France to celebrate her parent’s anniversary and the trip connects the dysfunctional family through a series of experiences.
It’s so exciting to see the characters exploring a new country every day! Being on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean can be insanely gorgeous and intensely cathartic. The visuals are inspiring and capture the essence of each country – the vibe and the culture.
The movie charms its viewers with the adorable characters of Naina and Bunny, breathtaking landscapes of Kashmir and the royal vibe of Rajasthan.
The first half of the movie showcases the characters enjoying hiking the snow-covered Himalayas and the second half takes you through the magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan.
It gives some serious destination wedding goals. They can be so much fun. The movie has that feel-good factor. It beautifully motivates people to take out time to travel and spend time with friends.
These Hindi movies on travel are here to give you some serious travel goals.
This is another movie I never get tired of watching. With an engaging storyline, incredible actors, and a mind-boggling and life-changing journey through various cities and towns (
Ratlam, Kota, Bhatinda, Manali, and Shimla) in India by different modes like a train, bus, rickshaw, cycle, jeep, and even truck, Jab We Met is a delight for eyes as well as the soul.
I took a trip to
Rohtang Pass after seeing the snowy landscapes and a narrow road with snowy walls on either side of Rohtang Pass in Jab We Met. Such road trip movies Bollywood do inspire to add them to your Bucket-List.
The two protagonists, Geet and Aditya look so adorable together that you can’t get enough of them.
I realized that trips that don’t have a plan and are spontaneous can be so much fun(risky though but hey life’s all about taking risks). Sometimes, it’s good to have no plan
#12 Piku (2015)
With a tale of a complicated yet beautiful father-daughter relationship, Piku touches hearts. The movie is set in the capital city of India. The road trip from
Delhi to Kolkata en route a spiritual city of Varanasi is the soul of the movie.
The trip brings out the differences between the lead actors (father and daughter) eventually bonding them by the end of the journey.
The quaint charm of Varanasi and the old world charm of Kolkata will tickle the traveler in you.
#13 Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Anjaana Anjaani is an intriguing tale about two heartbroken people who met just when they are about to end their lives and decide to live life to the fullest before ending their lives. Together, they embark on a road trip from
New York to Las Vegas.
#14 Road, Movie (2002)
It’s all about a road trip across India’s royal state of Rajasthan. Road, Movie features Rajasthan in its raw form that attracts backpackers and travelers across the world to embark on a soul-stirring journey across Rajasthan.
Road, Movie is a story of a boy Vishnu who journeys across Rajasthan to deliver an antique truck that belongs to his father to a local museum.
#15 Barfi (2012)
This coming-of-age movie is set in West Bengal’s picturesque hill station of Darjeeling. You are sure to be charmed by the heartfelt story and stunning locations as Barfi, the protagonist cycles through Darjeeling’s charming streets featuring rolling tea estates, lush green forests, and mist-covered peaks.
The Clock Tower, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and Glenary’s Cafe are some of the most famous landmarks of Darjeeling featured in the movie. In the second half of the movie, the city of Joy – Kolkata and its colonial charm makes your heart flutter.
It’s a tale of two characters and the world’s three iconic cities –
London, Paris, and New York. The movie unfurls a love story between two of them as they meet, separate, and reunite while traveling through these three cities.
The film didn’t do well but truly captures the beauty of the cities that invariably find a place on every traveler’s list.
#17 Chalo Dilli (2011)
Chalo Dilli is about two contrasting characters who travel together on a road trip from Mumbai to Delhi exploring the colors and cultures of India’s rural and urban towns.
#18 3 Idiots (2009)
3 Idiots played a vital role in making
Leh Ladakh a popular destination. The climax of the movie features an unusually beautiful Himalayan lake – Pangong Tso that stretches between India and China. The lake instantly became a hot destination after the release of the movie. Otherwise, the offbeat location turned into one of the most touristy places in India. These are the after-effects of the best Indian travel movies.
The local eateries, restaurants, hotels, camps, and lodges mushroomed along the banks of the lake and amusingly most of them are named after the movie or its characters’ names.
Some of the parts of the movie are shot in Druk White Lotus School in Leh which is now also known as ‘Rancho School.’ Rancho is the name of the main protagonist in the movie.
#19 Chennai Express (2013)
This one’s epic as it takes you on an epic journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram. The characters travel via train and road from Mumbai to Rameshwaram stopping by at the stunning places along the way.
Featured in the movie are – utterly beautiful Dudhsagar Falls in Goa, rolling tea gardens of Munnar in
Kerala, the little town of Pollachi in Coimbatore, Vattamalai Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu, and the iconic Pamban Bridge (the first sea bridge in India that connects Rameshwaram on Pamban Island to mainland India).
The awe-inspiring landscapes of South India will urge you to travel to this beautiful part of India.
It’s the story of a girl who loses her engagement ring on a trip and takes the help of a tour guide to search for the ring and eventually falls for him.
The movie takes you through multiple locations in Europe –
Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague, and Frankfurt. You get to experience the culture of Punjab in India at the end of the film as the last few scenes are shot in an ancient town of Noor Mahal, Punjab.
#21 Hum Tum (2004)
A light-hearted movie, Hum Tum travels to the amazing destinations of
Delhi, Amsterdam, USA, Paris, and Mumbai as the two main characters, Karan and Rhea (unknowingly and unwantedly) bump into each other at different intervals in their lives.
I have been dying to visit Amsterdam since the time I watched Hum Tum. Doesn’t this happen with you when you watch Bollywood movies on travel?
#22 Jagga Jasoos (2017)
The film is about a curious boy who embarks on an expedition to search for his lost father and met the love of his life along the journey.
The movie starts in a beautiful hill station in West Bengal,
Darjeeling and later on lets you explore some of the most unexplored parts of South Africa and Morocco.
#23 Rang De Basanti (2006)
A movie is based on a rebellious concept that tastefully blends the elements of history, patriotism, sacrifice, and politics. It’s primarily set in Delhi but also features the famous attractions in Jaipur and Punjab.
Remember that song ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ from the movie? It was shot at the baoli in Nahargarh Fort in
Jaipur. The beautiful mustard fields of Punjab makes your heart crave to run through those fields of yellow mustard flowers. The famous Golden Temple of Amritsar, Hola Mohalla Festival of Anandpur Sahib, and famed Durga Sarai Fort of Ludhiana make RDB a must-watch for the right dose of wanderlust.
#24 PK (2014)
Apart from the unusual tale of an alien stuck on the earth, what caught my attention was the picture book city of
Bruges in Belgium that served as a perfect setting for the love story in the first half of the movie.
The gorgeous canals, charming cobbled streets, and medieval buildings made me fall in love with Bruges. Did you know PK is the first Bollywood movie shot in Bruges?
The movie also takes you through some of the most intriguing sites in Delhi like Agrasen ki Baoli, Chandni Chowk, Cannaught Place, and the colorful and countryside town of Rajasthan,
Mandwa. You’ll get a taste of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
#25 Fanaa (2006)
I loved Fanaa. It features the stunning heritage sites in Delhi and other-worldly beauty of Kashmir. The movie beautifully captures the best of both the destinations.
In the first half of the movie, you’d see the main protagonists exploring the architectural wonders in Delhi –
Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, and Purana Qila. While the second half of the movie features the snow-clad Himalayas, chinar trees, and quaint wooden houses in Kashmir.
#26 Kaal (2005)
Kaal is a thriller movie that’s been shot in one of the most famous national parks in India or rather the world –
Jim Corbett National Park. You explore the exotic wildlife and forests in India from the comfort of your couch as the mystery unfolds.
#27 Love Aaj Kal (2009)
A pinch of romance, a dash of comedy, a sprinkle of drama, and a lot of places – Love Aaj Kal gracefully portrays the complications of long-distance relationships.
The story takes you on a jaunt through
London, Delhi, Kolkata, Punjab, and San Francisco. With beautiful visuals from the quaint villages of Punjab, narrow streets of Old Delhi, colorful locales of London, oldest neighborhoods of Kolkata, and a sight of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, Love Aaj Kal pushes you to leave the comforts of home and explore the world.
Its sequel, Love Aaj Kal 2 perfectly showcases the beauty of the untouched and quaint village of
Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh at Indo-Tibetan border aka The Last Village of India.
This is what I love about Imitiaz Ali. His every movie takes you to bucket-list-worthy destinations with his characters and casts a spell of travel on its audience. His movies breathe, dream, and live travel.
#28 Lootera (2013)
Lootera is a story set in the ’50s. A daughter of an aristocrat falls in love with a visiting archeologist from West Bengal without knowing a secret his life holds. It’s shot in quaint and laid-back locations in India –
Khajjiar, Dalhousie and Manikpur, West Bengal.
The snow-clad mountains, colorful wooden houses, lush meadows, striking deodar forests, pretty lakes – Khajjiar pulls you as you appreciate the beauty it holds with every scene.
#29 Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
The movie is an absolute treat with some of the world’s most amazing destinations it’s shot in –
Istanbul, Mardin, Havana, Bangkok, Phuket, Delhi, and Dublin.
Ek Tha Tiger is a story of a RAW agent, Tiger who travels to Dublin to keep an eye on an Indian scientist suspected of leaking nuclear secrets with ISI where he meets the love of his life, Zoya, a spy from Pakistan.
A traveler in you will also love its sequel, Tiger Zinda Hai that features beautiful locations across five different countries –
Abu Dhabi, Austria, Greece, Morocco, and India.
With exotic destinations charming viewers, Bollywood movies about travel are on rise.
#30 English Vinglish (2012)
One of the last movies of my all-time favorite actress, Sridevi – English Vinglish is a heartfelt story of a woman named Shashi who’s made to feel insecure and inferior just because she doesn’t speak English by her husband and daughter.
The film touches your soul as Shashi sets on a transformational solo journey to the Big Apple (NYC) to attend the wedding of her sister’s daughter. You can enjoy
iconic sights and attractions in New York from Central Park, Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge and Fifth Avenue. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, New York City makes her feel as if she belongs here.
The song Manhattan is so powerful that you end up planning a trip to New York before even the movie is ended.
Well, the list is endless. So shall your trips be…
I’m sure our list of 30 top Bollywood travel movies will inspire you enough to pack your bags and set out for the once in a lifetime trip.