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Watch a Bollywood tale with Kashmir playing a protagonist and you wonder if the paradise-resembling world actually exists in reality. The very special craft of nature has consecrated numerous cinematic masterpieces, bringing out the best of emotions and turning every single frame into a visual treat. Be it a dream sequence capturing the essence of Kashmir’s snow-covered landscapes or a complete narration revealing the placid lakes, lush meadows and fairy-tale houseboats and shikaras in the backdrop, the dramatic vistas leave one absolutely enthralled.

While borrowing such extravagant splendour from the valley, Bollywood has significantly contributed towards Kashmir tourism. Here’s a list of the best movies that would surely inspire you to escape to this paradise on the earth.

Aarzoo (1965)

Sadhana’s ethereal beauty is synonymous with that of Kashmir, coupled with some soulful melodies, fuels one’s aarzoo (wish) to visit this heaven. Explore the royal Mughal gardens and verdant greenery of the place to be surrounded in the ethereal beauty that is Kashmir.

Junglee (1961)

Watching Kashmir Ki Kali, Saira Banu romance aristocrat Shammi Kapoor has etched Kashmir in the hearts of its viewers. The picturesque Shalimar Garden and other pristine locales featured in the movie shows you how truly amazing Kashmir is.

Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

Finding his lady love in the valleys of Kashmir is what has epitomised romance in Kashmir. Watching a stunning Sharmila Tagore, clad in the traditional Kashmiri attires and jewellery, you get some exclusive views of Dal Lake and colourful shikara boats, will make you want to pack your bags and head to Kashmir with your partner.

Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

You can feel the romance brewing up between the handsome Shashi Kapoor and the elegant Nanda in this heartfelt movie. Kashmir’s best sights-house boats and the pristine Dal Lake has been predominantly featured in the movie. The ambience of Kashmir amends itself with every changing mood.

Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

Romance and Kashmir go hand in hand and the father of romance, Yash Chopra has featured this paradise in many of his movies. The multi-starrer Kabhie features the snow-sprinkled valleys of Kashmir lending a captivating charm to the silver screen. Every shot captivates you and you simply can’t take eyes off the breathtaking backgrounds.

Betaab (1983)

This Bollywood blockbuster actually inspired the name of a valley, now called Betaab Valley, and is one of the top places to visit in Kashmir. Amidst the spectacular pine and chinar forests with snow-capped peaks peeping in from a distance, the young pair of Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh sets the screen aflame with their intense love.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

When the father of romance, Yash Chopra and the king of romance Shahrukh Khan come together in the paradisiacal Kashmir, you know you are in for a visual treat. The movie features enchanting meadows of Pahalgam and the floral shikaras on Dal Lake, making you wish you were there for your next holiday.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

While the storyline credits it to be Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the trekking sequence of this Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone romance saga was actually shot in Gulmarg. One of the best places to visit, the valley dons the sparkling white sheet of snow and leaves the spectators longing for a Kashmir tour package.

Highway (2014)

The unspoiled Aru Valley of Kashmir which features in Highway makes you dream about a Kashmir tour package where you, too, will be surrounded by a magnificent green-carpeted valley, sights of the snow laden mountains and the tranquility that you wish for.

Haider (2014)

Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet’s Hindi adaptation couldn’t find a better shooting location than Kashmir. Be it the immaculate sceneries of Sonamarg or the architecturally-stunning Martand Sun Temple, the film indeed added many attractions to the popular Kashmir tour packages.