Bollywood is brimming with films that extensively feature travel and kindle the adventurous spirit in viewers. Here is a list of five of the finest places you should visit from the film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
What to do: Go wild in the snow here, with activities like skiing, cable car rides, golfing, horse-riding, fishing, mountain biking, trekking, and water skiing.
What to see: Click away on your cameras to capture the beautiful sights at Alpather Lake, Khilanmarg, Baba Reshi Shrine, Maharani Temple and St. Mary’s Church.
What to eat: Warm up your bellies with vegetarian fare at Bakshi’s Green Punjabi Dhaba. For those looking for western delicacies, there’s Global Hotel.
How to reach: The best way to reach is from Srinagar by taxi. Shared taxis are available from Buttmal to Tanmarg, from where you have to take another shared taxi to Gulmarg.
What to do: Lounge in a shikara at Dal Lake, visit the luxurious apple orchards and saffron fields, and take a ride in a rustic horse carriage.
What to see: Be mesmerised by the beauty at the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, take a dip into history at the Shah-e-Hamdan, a shrine built in 1395, and have your prayers answered at the Amarnath Temple.
What to eat: Indulge in authentic wazwaan cuisine at Ahdoos restaurant. If you want to dine with a view, head to the Chinar. Dum Aloo, Roghan Josh, and Yakhni are the regional specialties.
How to reach: Srinagar is well connected by rail and roads, and has an international airport as well.
Naggar (Himachal Pradesh)
What to do: Find peace and tranquility at Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery. Trek to Malana village. Indulge in art and history at the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery. Be amazed by the Himachali architecture of the Naggar Castle, built in 1460.
What to eat: Finding an elaborate menu will be a problem here, and you will have to make do with small eateries that serve the regular north Indian fare with some interesting additions.
How to reach: Naggar is located in Kullu district, which is well connected to all the major neighbouring cities by roads and rail.
What to do: Let out the shopaholic in you at the Shilpgram, where you can find authentic indigenous products. Be dazzled at the Crystal Gallery, where every object is bathed in sparkling radiance. Visit the Vintage Cars Museum.
What to see: This is a land of palaces and lakes, and you can have your fill of these at Lake Pichola, Lake Fatehsagar and Jaisamand Lake, along with Bagore Ki Haveli, City Palace and Monsoon Palace.
What to eat: Pamper yourself with delicacies like pyaaz kachori, daal baati choorma, ghewar and mirchi bada.
Gulaaba (Himachal Pradesh)
What to do: Lovers of snow rejoice, as you can frolic in it here to your heart’s content. Don’t miss the chance to go paragliding and skiing. Trek to Rohtang Pass, but go before November while the pass is still open.
What to eat: Treat your bellies to some mouthwatering food at a host of eateries like Johnson’s Café, Casa Bella Vista, Il Forno, Drifter’s Inn and Café, Toasted and Roasted, and The Lazy Do.
How to reach: Gulaba is located at a distance of 20 km from the main Manali bus stand, and is easily accessible via road. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar.