Indians love Movies. Cinema has a huge fan following in our country because it doesn’t just entertain us, it inspires us. And our travel and vacation choices are one of the many aspects influenced by the world of cinema. From glacial lakes in Ladakh to palatial forts in Rajasthan, movies have been shot in picturesque locations across the length and breadth of our country. Silver screen has given many travelers an urge to explore more.

A number of these iconic spots, which left you mesmerized, are just a short road trip away. So, read on to explore the diverse beauty of India and plan your next road trip today:

Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Just a 2-hour drive north of Manali is the thrilling Rohtang Pass, the highest altitude mountain crossing enroute to Leh. Perched at an elevation of 3979 meters, this Pass is also a gateway to Spiti, Pangi and Keylong. This snow-covered location can be found in many Hindi films, more noticeably in the song “Yeh Ishq Haaye” from Jab We Met or in the movie Rockstar.

Swerve through narrow winding lanes of Rohtang in your Ford Endeavour. Its true-blue SUV credentials, along with class-leading Terrain Management System will help you maneuver any daunting surface, whether its snow, sand, mud or rock.

Gulmarg & Sri Nagar, Kashmir

The pristine Dal lake surrounded by the Himalayas or the white sheet of snow atop high ranges of Gulmarg have made for perfect backgrounds in many memorable movies. You will remember seeing these beautiful movies like Kashmir ki Kali, Bobby and more recently Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Fitoor, Raazi or Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

The beauty of Kashmir continues to serve as an inspiration for every Indian filmmaker. And a drive to the beautiful Srinagar valley or many mesmerizing sights just a short drive from there in your Ford EcoSport are bound to leave you spellbound too.

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Straight out of a picturesque fairy tale, Pangong Lake boasts of backgrounds so sublime that it’s almost surreal. Situated amid the barren beauty of mighty mountains and the limitless azure skies, Pangong Tso Lake is a popular Bollywood shooting location. Famous movies like Dil Se, 3 Idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and others have scenes shot against its enthralling backdrop.

To explore the adventurous terrain of Leh, plan a road trip with friends in your trusted Ford EcoSport. It’s compact size will ensure negotiating narrow hill roads isn’t a challenge while high ground clearance and other SUV like credentials will help you maneuver through any challenges the terrain may throw at you.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

At just a 5-hour drive from Delhi is an ancient site where you can witness royalty beyond your television screens. Oozing of royal palatial vibes, Amer Fort’s magnificent architecture drew the makers of Jodha Akbar to the Pink City. Boasting of majestic beauty, the fort is one of India’s most sought after historical monuments.

Plan a weekend drive with your family to Jaipur in your Ford Aspire and make your kids experience royalty beyond movie screens. The Aspire will make sure your journey is comfortable as it is equally at ease on highways as well as narrow lanes of old Jaipur.

Athirappily Waterfalls, Kerala

One the largest waterfalls in Kerala, Athirappily’s iconic stature and heavenly beauty have won it the coveted title of India’s Niagara Falls. A song from Guru featuring Aishwarya Rai was shot against the majestic cascades of Athirappily’s frothy waters.

This mighty 80 ft high and 330 ft wide waterfall that flows through the verdant forests of Vazhachal into the Arabian Sea is a must-visit for a scintillating real-life cinematic experience. Plan a drive from Bangalore or Kochi in your Ford Figo and watch it munch miles while you listen to your favourite music.

Bollywood films uncover pristine locations in India. But, instead of just enjoying the views on screen, its time you head out to these locations and make memories for yourself. So, get going in your Ford car and live your cinematic dream by experiencing India at its best.

Hidimba Devi Mandir, Manali

Nestled within the magnificent cedar grove in Manali is the temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, a demon goddess whose story can be traced back to the Mahabharata era. This temple made for an ideal shooting spot in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, in a scene where Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor engage in a friendly banter.

A little over 500-Kilometer from Delhi, this heaven is hidden from plain sight by a lush green forest, carpeted with meadows and gushing blue streams. Effortlessly tackle steep uphill climbs with Ford Freestyle’s Hill Launch Assist on your next road trip to Manali.

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