A substantial portion of the Indian landscape comprises deserts along with grasslands and forests. With countless layers of sparkling sands creating different shapes around the landscape, India’s deserts deserve a shout and should make it into your bucket list. And you’ll need a fixer in India to fulfill your bucket list that provides low-cost logistical support for filming in India.
Filming in the Desert of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is an important tourist destination in India ‘s northwestern state of Rajasthan. Due to its bountiful golden dunes and castles covered in golden honey sandstone it is known as the ‘golden city.’ Jaisalmer is embellished with lakes, lined with Jain temples and havelis. Make your way across this desert to file for an amazing encounter in this glorious land under the night sky.
The Jaisalmer Fort stands as a fortress, and is surrounded by small alleys that have been populated for centuries by people living there. Jaisalmer is a conglomeration of an exotic race, heritage and adventure in the Indian desert.
Filming in the Desert of Kutch
Virtually an island resembling the form of a tortoise, Kutch is an ancient royal state of India that retains from the past its splendour character. Kutch is perhaps one of India’s most stunning and breathtaking locations, with the vast swaths of the white salt desert. During the winters when the Rann Festival is held everywhere, the place comes alive, due to massive camp settlements with cultural events, functions & adventure activities such as ballooning in the hot air.
Kutch also sits on the frontier between India and Pakistan, so you can see portions of Pakistan from Kutch. Kutch is also known for pieces of art and embroidery, Flamingo Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary. Bhuj is an perfect base for visiting the Kutch Rann. Beautiful Mandvi beaches near Bhuj are worth a visit during your filming trip to Kutch, too.
Filming in the Desert of Bikaner
Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Bikaner is a “cultural wonderland and a haven for travellers.” Bikaner is packed with colour, festivity and cultural marvels with its glory of architecture, art and music. The city will captivate you with the camels sailing across the stunning sand dunes, its ancient palaces and forts. Rightly referred to as one of Rajasthan’s three great desert kingdoms, the sparkling city boasts old-world beauty, ostentatious havelis and depicts a fun glorious past age of the Rajputs. Renowned for breeding some of the best-known riding camels as the “camel country”.
Amongst these main attractions are Sand Dunes and Desert Safari. Bikaner is also known for organizing the popular Camel festival that draws worldwide visitors. Other attractions include enjoying delights such as Thandai, Bhujias, shopping for the intriguing Ivory and Lacquer pieces or simply witnessing the incredible heritage taking the form of the area’s wall paintings and artisans.
Filming in the Desert of Barmer
Full of vivid colours, vibrant culture and warm hospitality, Barmer represents Rajasthan’s true cultural beauty. Part of Thar’s desert lands, it shares borders on the west with Pakistan, and north and south with Jaisalmer and Jalore, respectively. Barmer also houses the magnificent Barmer Castle, as well as several ancient temples. A visit to Barmer is more fun than ever if you are part of the March Barmer Festival.
Barmer, the third biggest district in Rajasthan, is also home to a recently discovered large oilfield. Nevertheless, the camels trudging along the barren landscape are adding elegance to its cultural beauty, and the artisans are busy showing off their rich crafts including pottery, weaving, woodcarving, dance and music. Notwithstanding the harsh weather conditions and barren ground, owing to its craftsmen, culture and colour, the place has drawn visitors from all over the world.
Filming in Leh Ladakh “India’s Own Moonland”
Ladakh is truly a paradise on Earth, a place like no other with a huge surplus of attractions to visit and beautiful landscapes, spectacular people and culture.
Bordered by two of the world’s most dominant mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram. Across all the realms it encompasses, from nature, geography, sceneries to the humble cultures it fosters, Ladakh is magical.
Ladakh is split into two areas: Leh district, and Kargil district. The former district has a famous “Leh” area, and is a great tourist attraction due to its magnificent monasteries, scenic locations, and fascinating markets that define the place’s culture. Ladakh is a destination for hiking trips, jeep rides, rafting and high altitude trekking.
Filming in Spiti Valley
You will be greeted by long windy roads and valleys that offer breathtaking glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains as you stepped foot in the Spiti. The valley is bordered by the Himalayas on all of its sides. The Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an elevation of 12,500 feet above sea level. The valley gets about 250 days of sunshine a year, which makes it one of the country’s coldest region. Despite the dense Himalayan snow cutting off Spiti from the rest of the world for around 6 months a year, the summer months are the only time that Spiti can be accessed directly by roadway.
The valley is also know as ‘the Middle Land’ for Spiti Valley is separating India from Tibet. The Spiti Valley Trek is a refuge for travel enthusiasts and mountaineers as it provides treks across some of the most unsightly, fantasy life-like scenery, watched over by stunning vistas.
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Author: Pallavi Bhagat
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