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The party capital of India has always been on the wish list of every Indian and even non-Indians for that matter.Dil Chahta hai not only captured the beauty of the beaches but the feeling of liberation which comes rushing in when you are on the road, with the windows rolled down and the warm sun kissing you right on the face . We all were transported to this liberating world with Aakash, Sid and Sameer. The peppy rhythm got us heady and the next thing the nation knew everybody wanted to go the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ way.

Dil Chahta hai not only captured the beauty of the beaches but the feeling of liberation which comes rushing in when you are on the road, with the windows rolled down and the warm sun kissing you right on the face 

 

The Filmy Lens – Dil Chahta Hai

A movie which made road trips the raddest thing ever? And while you are trying to decide which movie propelled you towards the joy of a road trip, let me help you- it was our desi Dil Chahta Hai! Three boy-men, thick friends through college bid goodbye to college life and step into the harsh reality called life.  Thereon, a test of patience, love and war is presented unto one them by life which each faces with an individual tact. While Aakash falls in love (which he always belittled), Sameer gets sucked by the charm of a girl who is very different from his usual choice and Sid struggles with society and love where he walks head on into a relationship with a woman much older than him. And while these life-moulding decisions leave a brunt on their strong bond with each other, they part to unite in the end. The road trip is the most enchanting part of the movie. The road trip from Mumbai to Goa jostled the mass with its raw beauty and made us realize the beauty of it all which lies just within our reach.

Filmy Locations

Chapora Fort, Goa

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Scene: The three friends sit on top of the wall of the fort and discuss their future

The walls of Charpora Fort probably knows more about Goa’s history than Wikipedia itself as it has almost seen it all with its own eyes. Royalties were obsessed with this fort thereby resulting in it being taken over by different royalties at different point in time. The Portuguese and the Marthas have waged numerous wars to gain possession of this fort (in which the Portuguese had an upper hand most of the times). A look at this location would tell you the reason. What seem to be the remains of the fort boast of the best viewing spots. The Charpora River on one side and the Vagatore on the other, the highs and lows which dips into the clear blue water bodies is an enchanting sight.

Enjoy the sight, talk about a brighter tomorrow and explore this site for sure.

Mumbai Goa Highway

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Scene: Dil Chahta Hai (Title track)

The Mumbai Goa Highway or National Highway 17 (NH 17) is every driver’s dream road. The squeaky clean organised lanes, the landscapes passing by , the fun spots to stop by , the road is a heaven of sorts  for weary travellers and lures a lot many motorists and riders from all over the country each year. It stretches from Panvel to Kochi (Kerala) and the packs in picturesque states like Goa, Karnataka, coastal region of Maharashtra and of course, Kerala. AT 1,296 km, it is the 7th longest highway in India.

While driving down this road you can make a quick pit stop to enjoy the taste of Konkani food. And if you are driving down this road with no particular destination on your mind then head into Adlabs Imagica, land of fantasy in reality.

Sosa’s, Panaji, Goa

Scene: Dil Chahta Hai (Title track)

The capital of Goa is unlike any other capital in the country. The ‘life is a party’ attitude, the lazy days and the excitement nights are some of its traits. Sosa’s is part of this happening capital. The Old Portuguese building restored into a modern boutique looks something straight out of Portugal. It offers the best labels in the country. May it be run-way designers or acclaimed designers from Mumbai and Bangalore, Sosa has it all. The jewelleries, the bags, the clothes are to die for. Head into Sosa and entertain the shopaholic within you.

Calangute beach

Scene: Beach scene where they play volleyball and explore the ocean

The beach town is acclaimed for its mile long golden seashore and its party culture. The place is never tourist-free. Year around, tourists come pouring in to enjoy the view, indulge in adventure sports, lounge on the golden beach or to party all night. Christmas and New Year are the times when one can socialize with a lot of people from all over the world. Do head into Tito’s, Club SinQ and many more to enjoy the night life in Goa.

Other locations covered in the movie worth a visit:

Hyde Park, Sydney; Luna Park, Sydney; Harbour Bridge, Sydney; Waverly Cemetery, Sydney; Opera House, Sydney; Wilson College, Mumbai.

Other movies shot Goa

Go Goa Gone, Ek duje ke liye, Josh, Dum maro dum, Honeymoon travels, Bombay to Goa, Ladies v/s Ricky Behl

Must see

Sun, Sand and Sea: Be a beach bum and explore them all. The state which boasts of nothing but beaches has a lot to offer. With a coastline of 125 kilometres, no beach is similar to the other. Each is a gem in its own way. May it be Vagatore, Baga, Anjuna and Kalanghut up north or Benaulim down south, when in Goa do escape into this amazing world of sunshine and beaches.

Museums: And if you though Goa was all about shacks, party, beer, sports and shopping, then you were wrong! With remnants of Portuguese rule, the city museum tells a story of love, hate and war. The Goa State Museum is the place to be in when in Goa. The antiques which have been preserves and the story behind it all enrapture the tourists.

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Then there is the Naval Aviation Museum in Dabolim  a visit to which is a once in a lifetime experience as there isn’t anything like this anywhere else in the country. The Goa Science Centre also attracts tourist in leaps and bound. The Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Christian Art are also visit-worthy.

Forts: A land where battles have been forged and water body all around, all these entitle a number of forts. Fort Aguada, Charpora and few more are forts which have seen Goa’s history in transit.

Must Try

 

Sports:  May it be water or land trying out the sports here is a must. Water skiing, parasailing, water scooter, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, rappelling and many more, these would give you your dose of adrenaline.

Sea food: If you are a meat-lover (fishy person to be precise) Goan food would directly make its way to your heart. The chicken Vindaloo, the fish (lobster, mussel and many more) cooked in traditional Goan curry, the home-cooked bread and the vegetables tossed in exotic spices would make you want to stay back in this paradise forever.

Watering Holes: It is never too dry in Goa, head down to the nearest pub, watering holes or shacks; this would definitely recharge your mind, body and soul.

Massage and spa: If the beach, sun and party tire you down, head into one of the best message centres in the country. Pamper yourself when in Goa.

Shop till you drop: Goo would definitely entice you to shop, may it be the thrift shop or the chic boutiques, shopping here is a must.

Getting There:

By air: If flying in internationally, then Goa has its own international airport at Dabolim, less than 30 km away from Panaji. For domestic flyers, catch a plane and you’ll directly land in Panaji.

By Train: Many south bound trains go through the Konkan way wherein Goa has to be crossed. Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama are the major railway station in Goa and almost all the major cities in the country are directly connected to Goa through railway.

By Bus: Buses from Mumbai, Bangalore and Kerala go down to Goa. There are many state run and private owned buses which traverse this route.

By Sea route: If water way is your way then hop unto a luxury liner or ferry in Mumbai which are headed towards Goa.

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