Ladakh is slowly becoming everyone’s favourite destination. Even Bollywood has started to feature its picturesque landscapes frequently in movies. Here are the five best movies shot at Ladakh, and why you should visit it as well.
- 3 Idiots
There simply cannot be a better reunion scene than the climax of 3 Idiots. This movie made Pangong lake a must-visit destination in India.
- Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Think of Shah Rukh riding his bike with massive mountains on both sides. Think of Anushka taking a dip in the blue lake. Think of the army fighting it out in the desert terrain. Think of the climax scene where Shah Rukh and Katrina meet. Chances are many people were lost in the beauty of the landscape rather than the stories of the attractive people on screen.
- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
While this movie was about Milkha’s career, what caught our eyes most were the scenes where he is undergoing endurance training. These scenes were shot in the beautiful Nubra Valley of Ladakh.
- Dil Se
Mani Ratnam recognised the beauty of the gompas of Ladakh, setting several scenes of Dil Se in or near the Thiksey, Basgo and Alchi gompas.
The army scenes of this movie were shot at the Taglang La pass in Ladakh. Taglang La is at a very high altitude of more than 17000 ft. So although Hrithik and Preity were sufficient eye candy, we could not ignore the locations altogether.
See endless, massive mountains of all hues: pink, brown, white, black and red. No other place can offer this. Ladakh’s landscapes are breathtaking and unique, and can never be forgotten
Ride through this barren desert to get an adrenaline rush like no other, and conquer some of the highest motorable roads in the world at over 18000 feet
The cold desert region of Ladakh is also home to some of the most stunningly beautiful lakes in the country, including Tsomoriri, Tso Kar, and the well known Pangong Tso. The Pangong lake flows across two countries (India and China).
The numerous gompas and monasteries of Ladakh are usually set in the most picturesque locations, perched on top of mountains or built along mountain walls, and feature beautiful architecture, resembling from afar a collection of boxes piled on top of each other.
Ladakh also offers some very colourful festivals. Scenes from the annual Ladakh festival appear in Dil Se. Other celebrations are held throughout the year, notable ones including the Hemis, Losar (New Year), Dosmoche, and Phyang festivals.
Need any more reasons to visit? We didn’t think so.