film shooting in ladakh
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Milestone Journeys can find you or advice you the locations as per the requirement of your script and budget. The references of photographs can also be provided on mail from our library that could give you a right idea of the location in Ladakh region.

No permission is required for ordinary photography or video cameras. However, for movie filming in 16 mm/35 mm, a special permit is necessary. The procedures are fairly complex, so please apply at least a year in advance. The application should be made at the Indian Embassy or Mission in your country of residence. The Indian government requires complete details of the synopsis of the film, location, exact period of shooting schedules, bio-data and passport details of the crew members and a complete list of equipment to be imported.

Ladakh is the new destination for filmmakers
From Bollywood star KareenaKapoor to Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, Ladakh-- with it barren windswept mountain slopes and serene wetlands is emerging as the new hot spot for filmmakers across the world keen to capture the region's breathtaking beauty.

Whether it is the high altitude Pangonglake where Kareena and Aamir Khan shot for 3 Idiots or the ancient Thiksey monastery where Pitt filmed for a travel show directed by Hollywood director Tarsem Singh back in 2006, Ladakh has a unique landscape to offer.

The Rang De Basanti director RakeyshOmprakashMehra who was recently here on a family holiday said that the place inspires him. "I come to Leh a lot. The place actually inspires me. I have shot a lot here and my films will continue to showcase the beauty of this place," Mehra said. The tourism ministry is of the view that with more and more film crew arriving here, the number of tourist heading towards Ladakh has seen a sharp increase.

"Ladakh has a variety of landscapes to offer. From beautiful lakes to calming monasteries to thrilling locations for adventure sports. There is something for everybody here," said NisarHussain, assistant director Tourism, Leh. "From last 2-3 years there has been a heavy inflow of film crew here. While some part of Ghajini was shot here, Aamir Khan was again our guest for 3 idiots. We are also expecting Amitabh Bachchan in August. This is certainly one of the reasons behind the increased number of tourists we receive every year,"

Hussain added.
Big-budget films like YashRaj'sTashan, Mani Ratnam's Dil Se, Raj Kumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, JP Dutta's LOC, Pooja Bhatt's Paap along with Danny Denzongpa Frozen have been shot here showcasing the raw, untouched beauty of Ladakh. Vijay Krishna Acharya, who directed Saif Ali Khan, Kareena and Akshay Kumar in Tashan, says he was drawn to the place for its "uncorrupted" character.

"Ladakh was just the apt location to portray my jaded characters in the film. Moreover the contrast of the desert like mountains, the snowcapped peaks and the confluence of rivers is marvelous. I am completely in love with it and would definitely come again," said Acharya.

The hotel owners of the region have vivid stories to tell about the stars who have come to shoot in the region. "Aamir loved the clean environment, the monasteries and the culture of the place. He told me that he would love to come back here with his wife Kiran. Some time back I read his interview that from now on his best tourist destination is Ladakh," said Gulam Mustafa, owner, The Grand Dragon hotel where Aamir stayed with R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi for the shooting of 3 Idiots

As director Acharya puts it, Ladhak has a character of its own with an untamed, noble spirit which will continue to charm the people. "You have to go there to understand it," he said.