In the bustling world of Indian stardom, evading the ever-present paparazzi can be a challenge. Yet, even amidst the dizzying pace of photo shoots, promotions, and countless engagements, India’s most glamorous celebrities find ways to step away, be it with loved ones, friends, or even on solo retreats. The rise of social media has bridged the gap between fans and their beloved celebrities, offering glimpses into their travel escapades. And while exotic international getaways might be on the cards, many stars hold dear to their heart destinations right in their homeland.
While most of us may never grace the red carpet, we can undoubtedly embark on journeys inspired by our favourite celebrities.
For nearly two decades, Savaari has traversed a myriad of Indian locales, many of which are the preferred retreats of Bollywood’s crème de la crème. Dive in as we unveil the top 10 destinations that India’s celebrities hold close to their hearts.
1. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
Dive into the wilderness of Kanha, Madhya Pradesh’s premier national park, recently visited by the Kapoor sisters, Sonam and Rhea. This tiger-rich forest, believed to have inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” has become a celebrity magnet. Sonakshi Sinha, the ambassador for Animal Planet’s tiger conservation initiative, cherished family trips here during her childhood. With safaris, bird-watching, and luxurious resorts, Kanha beckons. Embark on a Savaari from Jabalpur, making pit stops at attractions like the Kalpi waterfall in Mandla and the Kingfisher water park.
Goa, India’s beach paradise, is a celebrity hotspot. Bollywood bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan, Malaika Arora Khan, and Bipasha Basu have sung its praises. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma once unwound here, while Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupati selected it for their wedding. Ranbir Kapoor’s first unsupervised trip? Goa. Beyond the beaches and seafood, explore serene locales like Parra, Cortalim, and Aldona for a genuine celebrity experience.
The ethereal beauty of Ladakh, with its rugged mountains and pristine skies, lures celebrities from urban jungles. While it’s a popular film backdrop, stars like Gul Panag, Milind Soman, and Rajkumar Rao vacation here too. Whether biking, trekking, or simply exploring, Ladakh offers a serene escape. Begin in Delhi, journeying through Leh, Khardung La, and the Tso lakes for a comprehensive experience.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar adores this quaint hill station. Over the years, he’s pinpointed his favourite spots, including the Tip Top Shop eatery. A hit with the masses, visitors flock here for the churches, panoramic views, and local delicacies. Embark on a scenic drive from Delhi, passing through landmarks like Panipat and Dehradun.
The enchanting city of Jaipur, with its majestic palaces and vibrant bazaars, is a global celebrity magnet. Hollywood stars like Katy Perry and Mindy Kaling have been charmed, while Bollywood’s Neha Dhupia often retreats here. The city’s allure is evergreen, with each visit revealing new facets. A drive from Delhi, with stops in Gurgaon and Neemrana, leads you to this Rajasthani gem.
A blend of serene beaches, historical forts, and lush forests, Alibaug is a celebrity favourite.
A-listers like Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh rave about its offerings. For thrill-seekers, beaches like Mandwa and Nagaon offer adrenaline-pumping activities. The Kolaba Fort promises mesmerising sunsets. For a tranquil getaway, start your journey from Mumbai, with detours in Vashi and Karnala en route to Alibaug.
Sara Ali Khan’s spiritual quests often lead her to India’s serene corners. Recently, she ventured to Kashmir for the revered Amarnath Yatra. Along the way, she explored the ancient Martand Sun Temple, a testament to Kashmir’s rich heritage. The Thajwas Glacier in Sonamarg offered her a glimpse of nature’s untouched beauty. The Amarnath Yatra, a pilgrimage to the sacred cave of Lord Shiva, was a spiritual highlight, complemented by her visit to Hajiwas. Enhancing her spiritual sojourn was her stay at the luxurious Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, nestled amidst the Himalayas. For those inspired, a journey from Delhi through Amritsar, Doda, and Srinagar to Gulmarg offers a similar spiritual experience.
Lonavala, a stone’s throw from Mumbai, is a Bollywood favourite. Celebrities like Kajol, Ajay Devgn, and Aamir Khan have homes here, often hosting grand soirees. The hill station is a Mumbaikar’s ideal weekend escape. Visitors can delve into history at the Karla and Bedse caves or simply soak in the town’s beauty. Adding a touch of glamour is a Madame Tussauds-inspired wax museum. For a seamless trip, start in Mumbai, passing through Navi Mumbai and Khandala, culminating in Lonavala’s charm.
9. Sujan Jawai Camp
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor stayed at Sujan Jawai Camp in Rajasthan, a luxurious oasis near Jawai Bandh. Set amidst ancient granite formations, it’s a haven where leopards roam freely, harmonizing with the indigenous Rabari tribes. Beyond its plush tents and suites, the camp offers unique experiences: thrilling wilderness drives, enlightening walks with Rabari tribespeople, and a journey through historic temples. Starting from Jaipur, a scenic drive through Ajmer and Peeplai leads to this enchanting destination, making it a sought-after escape for both celebrities and avid travellers.
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan have often sought solace in Kochi’s tranquil embrace. Kareena’s fondness for the traditional Kerala sadhya, a feast of local delicacies, is evident from her visits. Parineeti Chopra, on the other hand, was smitten by the vibrant streets of Kochi’s Jew Town. Kochi’s rich history as a spice trade hub is reflected in its eclectic mix of Dutch, Portuguese, and British architecture, making it a treasure trove of experiences. The Marine Drive, stretching 3 km alongside the serene Vembanattu Kayal backwaters, is a haven for shoppers and foodies, boasting malls and quaint cafes. For a scenic journey, a road trip from Calicut to Kochi offers coastal views, with delightful stops at Chaliyam, Guruvayur, and Ponnani.
Embarking on a road trip to destinations frequented by the glitterati is not just about the journey, but the experience. With Savaari as your trusted companion, you’re not only navigating the highways but also indulging in a luxurious sojourn that promises unparalleled comfort. Imagine this: cruising through scenic landscapes, the wind gently tousling your hair, all while seated in a plush, state-of-the-art vehicle. The magic doesn’t end there. With a chauffeur at the helm, every moment is elevated to a symphony of relaxation and elegance.
There’s an undeniable charm in being driven by a professional. It’s not just about the convenience, but the sheer luxury of it. With Savaari, you’re not only assured of a smooth ride but also the privilege of a chauffeur who understands your needs, ensuring that every twist and turn is navigated with precision and care. The vehicles themselves are a testament to quality, offering a blend of sophistication and top-notch amenities that make every journey memorable.