India’s most ubiquitous mode of entertainment is Bollywood. The larger than life scenes, characters and stories make their presence felt in every aspect of our day to day lives. And of course, the songs from our favorite movies are omnipresent in every occasion of our lives, forming the best BGM for all our highs and lows. Encapsulating this very unique power of our film industry are the songs that inspire us to leave the comfort of our homes and let our bodies and souls take rides down to strange new places, stay nights and days with strangers with whom we end up sharing parts of ourselves and create memories and experiences that make us feel like we’re creating our own blockbuster. Here are the Top 10 Bollywood songs that provide the perfect set-up for some travel dreams and destinations.
Khwabon Ke Parindey: A song as soulful as the beautiful coasts of the Spanish seaside. This smooth number from the travel-based movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara makes you want to wander down some quiet off-the-map locales doing some soul-searching all by yourself while you enjoy the best of weather.
Hum Jo Chalne Lage: Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor’s immortal characters and stories from Jab We Met are personified beautifully in this song that talks about the importance of enjoying the journey with your partners rather than fixating on your destination. A song best suited to put you on ease as you try to figure out all the hassles that travel can sometimes bring.
Oh Gujaria: Discover your inner rebel as you bop your head to this thumping song from Kangana Ranaut’s critically acclaimed Queen. A perfect companion for a crazy fun-filled trip to some popular locations around the world.
Yeh Dil Nah Hota Bechaara: A Kishore Kumar classic that makes you want to pack your bags and leave the hustle of daily life to take in some beautiful country-side scenery. Treat your heart to a well-earned vacation and let Kishore Da’s beautiful voice soothe your soul.
Yuhi Chala Chal Rahi: A song that celebrates the spirit of the traveler like no other. Add to that the rustic Indian charm of its instruments and this ballad from Swades will have you yearning to explore rural India for all its majestic sights and secrets.
Ilahi: Bunny from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani traverses the world, lives his passions, and captures it all in his beloved travel-book. This is a song that captures Bunny’s wanderlust and wild lifestyle perfectly, as it makes you want to get on a plane yourself and with joy in your heart, travel to all your dream destinations.
Sooraj Dooba Hai: Let’s admit it. When this song became popular a couple of years back, we all pictured ourselves dancing to it on a beach party on some remote island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. A foot-thumping number from Roy that gets you in the party mood and insists that you forget all about your worries just to get a little high and happy.
Suhaana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen: A classic meant for scenic trips and pleasant times. Madhumati’s hit song is a must in any old-timer’s travel enthused playlist.
Pathaka Guddi: If you wish to be bitten by the travel-bug, then this AR Rahman masterpiece from Highway is just the song for you. Set your mood right in the gear for some long, fun road trips.
Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke: Travel isn’t anything if it isn’t loving yourself. This wonderful song from Dev Anand starrer Nau Do Gyarah, which is one of the first travel-based Bollywood movies, quite accurately spells out the entire charm of the carefree traveler who wishes only to see as much of the world as he can without worrying about the burdens of life. This song and the movie were probably the best marriage of travel and cinema that Bollywood has ever offered.