Relive movies like The Second Best Exotic MarigoldA�Hotel and Khoobsurat through the palaces that starred in them
More than just a backdrop, hotelsA�famous films are often characters themselves. The Pataudi palace in HaryanaA�became a romantic destination when Shah Rukh Khan carriedA�the love of his life over itsA�threshold inA�Veer Zaara.A�Meanwhile, Hollywood has the likes of Gorlitzer Warenhaus in Germany (or TheA�Grand Budapest hotelA�and The Plaza NYC (whereA�The Great GatsbyA�was filmed), whose popularity shot up thanks to blockbuster movies. Our pick of Bollywood favourites that make interesting getaways:
Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel, Jaipur
? Featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelA� ? Must try: Laal Maas at the Peacock rooftop restaurant
This palace resort in the Pink City is the a�?unfinished hotela�� thatA�Dev Patel wanted to buy in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Part of its lounge is still left unfinished in remembrance of the film and is already being tagged as the setting for the Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While there, ask for a tour of their Nirvana suite that formed a significant backdrop in the film, and dine at Peacock, the rooftop restaurant that boasts of the best laal maas in town. Fox Entertainment has also declared a lucky draw, whose winners will spend seven days at the hotel, this November.
Princely Royal suites from Rs 2,800. Details:A�pearlpalaceheritage.com
Laxmi Nivas Palace, Bikaner
? The haveli seen in KhoobsuratA� ? Must try: Hot stone therapies
KhoobsuratA� (2014) boasted of two things a��A� aA� brooding Fawad KhanA�and his royal haveli. The princely abodeA�in the filmA�happens to beA�the last standing palace of the Maharaja of Bikaner a�� Maharaja Ganga Singh. Once a retreat for the whoa��s who of the world, itA�is nowA�a playhouse for period flicks and palace fables. Dona��t forget to catch the sunrise at the gazebo, Sonam Kapoora��s favourite haunt in the film. Besides the possibility of bumping into celebrities here, get a feel of history as the chambers have been left untouched since the last kinga��s reign. Dona��t miss out on the a�?luncheona�� at Swarna Mahal that doubled as the dining hall in the film. The hotel serves traditional thaalis and a special mutton cooked with gulmohar flowers.
Royal Deluxe roomsA�from Rs 10,500. Details: laxminiwaspalace.com
? Host of the world dance competition in Happy New Year ? Must try: Underwater afternoon tea and gala dinners
The swankiest pulp fiction of last year, Happy New Year had Atlantis The Palm playing a significantA�role in the second half of the film.The go-to destination for the worlda��s glitziest New Year galas, the hotel also housed the entire cast and crew of theA�film during the shoot. Enthusiasts must join the sake pairing dinner or the sushi master class at the Nobu restaurant. Raise a toast to the aquatic life that will give you company during the underwater Afternoon Tea at Ossiano. For others,A�the resort also presents skydiving and hot air balloon thrills which allow a birda��s eye view of the Dubai skyline.
Suites from Rs 23,000. Details:A�atlantisthepalm.com
The Oberoi Udaivillas, Udaipur
? The destination wedding in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was filmed here ? Must try: High tea on a boat tour of Lake Pichola
ForA�those reminiscing over Kalki Koechlina��sA�lavishA�destination wedding in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, The Oberoi Udaivillas is what you are looking for. Right from the mehendi to theA�shoot of the wedding and the songA�Kabira, theA�resort with its intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors,A�played host to the cast and crew.A�A�Dona��t forget to take a shikaara ride ending with dinner by the Pichola lakeside,A�or enjoy an afternoon tasting of rare teas accompaniedA�byA�homemade raisin and berry scones, on a boat.A�Art lovers can also sign up for a miniature painting workshop conducted in authentic Mewari style.
Premium Suites from Rs 24,000. Details:A�oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur