Hotels are not just exquisite locales for tourists but also happen to become cool shooting locations for movies. Given the cultural history of our country, a lot of magnificent royal palaces have been well preserved and converted into hotels. And Bollywood has always been stepping into these picturesque palaces, adding to their overall charm. Here are 10 movies that featured royal palaces and you can actually go and book a room there!
1. Bhool Bhulaiya, Bol Bachchan – Chomu Palace, Jaipur
The grand palace where Siddharth Chaturvedi (Shiney Ahuja) comes with his bride, only to convince us that the palace is haunted.
The splendid palace is 300 years old and is perfect for a grand royal wedding.
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The grand palace where Kalki Koechlin‘s big fat Indian wedding happens at the end is The Oberoi Udaivilas, a significant locale in the city of lakes.
3. Veer Zaara – Pataudi Palace, Neemrana
Also known as Ibrahim Kothi, the palace is actually a sprawling villa owned by Saif Ali Khan that has now been turned into a heritage hotel.
Its colonial architecture amalgamated into the warmth of the capital was last seen in Veer Zaara.
4. 3 Idiots – Chail Palace, Himachal
The heritage hotel of Chail is actually a royal cottage that stands amidst the Himalayas. It was the same place where the character of Ranchoddas played by Javed Jaffrey lived, the place where they have the fight with the urn!
5. Band Baaja Baaraat, Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner
The big ravishing Sidwani wedding where Bittu and Shruti perform on ‘Dum Dum Mast Hai’ was actually shot in Lallgarh Palace of Bikaner.
The red stand stone architecture hails from 1902 and has been a favorite Bollywood location.
6. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – Vijay Vilas Palace, Kutch
The palatial home where Sameer comes to stay and learn music is a grand palace in Kutch that is now a heritage hotel.
Spread across 450, the property has a private beach as well.
7. Bodyguard – Baradari Palace, Patiala
Kareena Kapoor‘s palatial house in Bodyguard is actually a 19th-century palace with lush green lawns, located in the heart of Patiala. It has now been revamped by Neemrana Group of Hotels and movies like Mausam and Yamla Pagla Deewana have also been shot here.
8. Zubeidaa – Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur
The palace of Maharaja Vijayengra Singh played by Manoj Bajpayee in Zubeida is a posh palace turned hotel in Jaipur. The royal palace is a common shooting location, Paheli being another movie shot here.
9. Khoobsurat– The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
This sandstone masterpiece is one of the few royal palaces of Rajasthan where you can have real-life taste of Rajputana culture and experiences.
It was featured in Khoobsurat, where Mili goes to visit her patient Shekhar Singh Rathore.
10. Jab We Met – Hotel Naggar Castle, Himachal Pradesh
The song ‘Yeh Ishq Haye Baithe Bithaye‘ from the movie has been shot at hotel Naggar Castle, a typical Himachal architecture that added so much to the otherwise beautifully choreographed song.
The hotel is located in Kullu and is just beside the river Beas, and is mostly constructed with wood from whole trees. A civil courtroom during the British era, the place is now a heritage tourist hotel.