Nepal and its beauty have not only caught the attention of international tourists, but also foreign filmmakers across the world. The Himalayas, national parks, lush green forests, cascading rivers, waterfalls, ancient architecture, culture, and tradition are the main attractions of Nepal. If you have watched a Hollywood movie, Everest or Bollywood movie, Anil Kapoor starer Gharwali Baharwali, then you can guess why filmmakers are keen to shoot in Nepal.
If you have not watched the foreign movies that are filmed in Nepal, then here is the list of top 10 International Movies that had Scenes filmed in Nepal. Let’s check them out.
Ever want to film to the heritage site where Amitabh Bacchan and Zeenat Aman danced in the hit number “Pyar Mein Dil Pe Mar Dey Goli” from the Mahaan, then you need to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Not only that, but this 1983 movie has also magnificently captured the beauty of Kathmandu valley.
Seven years in Tibet
Despite the scenes of the movie is mostly filmed in Tibet and Northern India, there are some scenes that are filmed in Nepal. When Bard Pitt escapes from Indian prison and moves towards Tibet, between there you can see some footage of Nepal. Seven years in Tibet is released 1997 American biographical war drama film of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer played by famous actor Brad Pitt and on his experiences in Tibet during World War II, the interim period, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s invasion of Tibet in 1950.
Most of you have watched this 2015 blockbuster movie about the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and primarily focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups. This Everest movie has stunningly captured the beauty of the Everest Region including the world’s highest mountain Mt.Everest and city life of Kathmandu Valley.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Dev Anand starer movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna is the first Bollywood movie to be shot in Nepal in 1972. The movie has transparently shown the beauty of Kathmandu including Soyambhunath, unpopulated landscapes and culture of thee valley. Hit old Bollywood songs like “Kanchi Rey Kanchi Rey” and “Dum Maro Dum” belongs to this movie.
The Wildest Dream
The Wildest Dream is filmed in the Everest Region. It is the 2010s feature documentary film about British mountain climber George Mallory, who disappeared while Everest expedition in 1924 along with expedition partner Andrew Irvine.
This movie Himalaya, also called Caravan has presented the lifestyle and culture of the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal. Released in 1999, the movie mainly focuses on the tradition and human struggle to retain and express power in the face of the gods. This movie had also nominated in 72nd Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Film Category, making it the first Nepalese movie to be nominated for Academy Awards.
Are you Marvel fan and watched the movie Doctor Strange played by the Benedict Cumberbatch? If yes, then you must be familiar with the secret compound Kamar-Taj yes that place is Kathmandu. The filming location around Nepal is Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath Temples, Thamel and New Road and the Patan Durbar Square. According to Cumberbatch about filming in Nepal was “absolutely vital to this film, I think not least because it’s so based on something that is exotic. It was a magical way to start the shoot. It’s important to a film like this—which has a profound gearshift into a spiritual and otherworldly dimension—that the portal for that be in a place that actually happens in itself to be incredibly spiritual and marvelous.”
Highway to Dhampus
It is the first movie entirely shot in Nepal. The film portrays the culture and beauty of the Dhampus Village of Nepal. Dhampus is an hour ride from Pokhara from where you can see the astonishing Annapurna Range and small settlements. Highway to Dhampus is a 2015 romantic drama played by American actor, Gunner Wright.
In this Akshaya Kumar starer movie, the filmmakers marvelously captured the footage of Kathmandu Valley. Those small alleys and busiest roads of Thamel, arts, culturally rich Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Nepal’s one of the 5-star hotel Hyatt Regency, where film crews have used for accommodation for shooting period.
Nine: Nine Time Travels
Ever wonder about the Himalayan Range and the heritage sites where Lee Jin-Wook and Jo Yoon-hee spent their time? If yes, then that place is Pokhara and some of the popular places of Kathmandu valley. Nine: Nine Time Travels is South Korean television drama released in 2013.