With a view to attracting more tourists, Haryana Tourism has decided to open its sprawling tourist complexes, nestled in eye-catching locales, for shooting films, commercials and even still photography to movie directors and photographers.
Disclosing this here today, Haryana Tourism Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma said that Haryana Tourism’s picturesque tourist complexes adjoining heritage sites, beautiful lakes, bird sanctuaries and golf courses, offered ideal locations for shooting purposes. These have been segregated into three categories, that is, high, medium and low potential zones.
The vast expanse of farmlands, rustic charm, diverse landscape and a slice of history make Haryana a perfect destination for shooting films. A scheme has been drawn to attract filmmakers and production houses to explore Haryana Tourism’s 42 tourist complexes, located along all major national and state highways passing through the state, and their picturesque backdrops, Sharma said. The complexes are equipped with modern amenities, including 838 air-conditioned rooms, conference halls, restaurants, banquets and entertainment options.
Giving details of the scheme, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Dr. Sumita Misra, said that filmmakers would now be able to capture the splendid Pinjore Gardens, the only Mughal Gardens outside Kashmir, and the pristine beauty of Haryana’s only hill station Morni, which has Mountain Quail and Tikkar Taal resorts. These destinations fall in the high potential zone along with the luxurious hotel Rajhans in Surajkund and the ethnically-designed Surajkund Mela grounds that have semi-permanent thatched-roof huts and ceremonial gates depicting Mini India. The cost of shooting in the high potential zone varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000, plus taxes extra for four to eight hours per day.
The Sunbird Motel, Surajkund, and Aravalli Golf Course, Faridabad, are spacious and the scenic properties enchant one and all. The erstwhile Raja Nahar Singh Palace, Ballabgarh, dating back to the 18th century, is another heritage property that offers ultimate setting for shooting TV serials and films.
Not to miss, some Haryana Tourism complexes adjoin lakes like Karna Lake, Karnal and Tilyar Lake, Rohtak. Saras, Damdama and Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary in Gurgaon district offer a perfect backdrop for film and commercial shoots. These tourist complexes fall in the medium potential zone and the cost of shooting for four to eight hours a day varies from Rs 5,000 to Rs 30,000 plus taxes, Dr. Misra said.
In Faridabad, resorts in Surajkund, namely Hermitage Huts, Lake View and Designer Gallery and also Badkhal and Magpie Tourist Complexes, offer good options for the filmmakers and production houses. Then, there are others like Barbet, Sohna and Shama in Gurgaon, Flamingo in Hisar, Gauriyya in Bahadurgarh, Bulbul in Jind, Koel in Kaithal, Baya in Bhiwani, Kingfisher in Ambala, Oasis in Karnal, Anjan Yatrika in Kurukshetra, Neelkanthi Yatri Niwas in Pehowa and Parakeet in Pipli, Dabchick, Hodal in Palwal, Red Bishop, Jatayu Yatrika and Mansa Devi in Panchkula and Skylark and Blue Jay, Samalkha in Panipat, Jungle Babbler, Dharuhera and Sandpiper in Rewari, Myna and Deen Bandhu, Sampla in Rohtak, Surkhab and Shikara, Asakhera in Sirsa, Ethnic India, Rai in Sonepat and Grey Pelican in Yamunanagar. All these fall in the low potential zone and the cost of shooting is Rs 2,500 to Rs 20,000 plus taxes for four to eight hours per day.
The facility of online booking for film, TV and commercial shoots and still photography at respective tourist complexes would be launched soon at www.haryanatourism.gov.in, Dr. Misra added.