Star Wars inspired getaways in India

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Updated: May 6, 2016 4:06:44 PM

Travel community HolidayIQ has released a list of Star Wars inspired getaways; detailing travel trends on real time vacations in familiar locations from the fictional film based on the reviews shared by 12 million travellers in the community

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Travel community HolidayIQ has released a list of Star Wars inspired getaways; detailing travel trends on real time vacations in familiar locations from the fictional film based on the reviews shared by 12 million travellers in the community.

Tatooine and Rann of Kutch

The white stretches of Rann of Kutch come pretty close to recreating the arid mirage of Luke’s home planet Tatooine. Tourists would be astonished at how, just with the right natural light, Kutch can pass off as Tatooine. Even the pink sunset in Kutch seems like a testimony to the Binary sunset at Tatooine.

Felucia and The Sunderbans

The atmosphere of Felucia consisting of colourful flora and vivid carnivorous plants is closely reproduced by the setting of the swaps in the Sunderbans. The phenomenon of blue ghost lights in some parts of these forests teleports visitors to another world.

Hoth and Ladakh

The frozen terrain of the icy planet Hoth that was the host to a temporary the Alliance headquarter finds its match in the chilly valleys of Ladakh. The canvas is painted white with perennial snow and strong winds that test character punctuate both these locations.

Naboo and Athirappilly

The lush stretches of the planet of Naboo laced by waterfalls, with scenery in the backdrop was where Anakin and Padme found love. It is matched by the ambiance around Athirappilly Falls.

Coruscant and Mumbai

The Coruscant is a futuristic city which served as a galactic capital and was identified through the tall skyscrapers and imaginative architecture. Though not as grand, Mumbai comes pretty close to creating a shadow of Coruscant.

Speaking on set-jetting/pop culture tourism, Hari Nair, founder and CEO, HolidayIQ, said that besides international destinations, a lot of destinations within the country are also attracting greater footfall lately on account of their association with recent or older works of cinematic or literary fiction. He stated, “We have found that people in India are travelling more often during the year now, taking several shorter breaks and looking at destinations based on more than just scenic beauty. They are also going for more experiential holidays with greater interest in off-beat destinations, exploring pop culture tourism/set-jetting and other experience-led activities with greater enthusiasm.”

“While some destinations have been influenced by Bollywood movies and others by books, there are some in particular that have been receiving a lot of attention lately: the mustard fields near Gurugram (popular for the shooting of DDLJ); Dona Paula in Goa (Dilwale); The scenes with the prison pit filmed in Rajasthan (The Dark Knight Rises); Ramanagar in Bengaluru (Sholay) and many others. We have noticed a marked growth in the interest in pop-culture tourism over the last few months,” added Nair.

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