If you have wondered where in India do filmmakers find such unusual places to shoot gorgeous scenes, check out this comprehensive list of lesser known filming locations
Chhattar Manzil – Lucknow
Also known as the Umbrella Palace Building in Lucknow, it served as a palace for the rulers of Awadh and their wives. This is where Akshay Kumar’s chambers were located in Jolly LLB 2.
WelcomHeritage Regency Villas, Fernhills Palace – Ooty
It is a heritage hotel and used to be the summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore. In Barfi, Ileana’s father asks Ranbir for directions to Hill Cart Road at this location.
Jaswant Thada – Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada is a milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It was the location for the song ‘Mhare Hiwda Mein Naache Mor’ from the movie Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Bada Bagh – Jaisalmer
It is a garden complex in Jaisalmer comprising of royal cenotaphs or chhattris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer. Bada Bagh was the filming location for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Rangeela, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke and Tashan.
Ganesh Pol, Amer Fort – Jaipur
A part of Amer fort, it was constructed in 1611 by Raja Jai Singh II. It is shown as Surajgarh Palace in the 2014 movie Khoobsurat starring Sonam Kapoor.
Chomu Palace Hotel – Jaipur
It is a heritage hotel set in an 18th-century palace built according to the Vastushastra philosophy. This hotel served as a filming spot for Bhool Bhulaiyya, Dirty Politics and Bol Bachchan.
Amber Fort – Jaipur
Built by Raja Man Singh I, this fort was Jodha’s home palace before she gets married to Akbar in Jodhaa Akbar.
Woodville Palace Hotel – Shimla
WelcomHeritage Woodville Palace dates back to 1865 when Sir William Mansfield, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army, became the first resident of this charming estate. The palace was reconstructed in 1938 by Rana of Jubbal. It has been the filming location for 3 Idiots, Student of The Year and Black.
Seat of Happiness Temple, Norbulingka Institute – Dharamshala
Also known as Deden Tsuglakhang, it is a 2-storey temple famous for over 1100 Budha Murals and unique wall paintings of Dalai Lamas. The song Sadda Haq from Rockstar was shot here.
Pataudi Palace – Gurgaon
It is the original home of the Nawab of Pataudi. It was Abhay Deol’s house in Raanjhana and Preity’s house in Veer Zaara.
Laxmi Vilas Palace – Vadodara
The flamboyant residence of the Royal family of Baroda. It was portrayed as a college in Grand Masti.
Balaram Palace Resort – Chitrasani Village, Palanpur
Situated on the banks of Balaram river, this palace was Amitabh’s haveli in the ever popular Sooryavansham.
Jaypee Residency Manor – Mussoorie
Rani and Abhishek sought to buy this beautiful hotel resting in the lap of the Himalayas in Bunty aur Babli.
Palacio Aguada – Goa
It is the residence of diamond merchant Jimmy Kardeka, and has been the filming location of many movies including Haseena Maan Jaayegi.
Hurry! Plan your next vacation and see if you find any of these places haunted, as they are so often rumoured to be!