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LOVE HOLLYWOOD? Go to top tourist destinations inspired by your favourites

All you Hollywood buffs, here’s a guide to help you re-live your favourite film’s moments by making a trip to places where the movie was shot.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2013 01:04 IST
Sneha Mahale

The Empire State Building had a major supporting role in the classic romantic film, Sleepless In Seattle, as did Spain in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and New Zealand in The Lord Of The Rings. Now, with the Hollywood awards season on in full swing, we take a look at tours around the world that let you live these cinematic moments.

The Smurfs
The venue in the heart of New York City has served as the setting and backdrop for countless blockbusters, from classics like Serendipity, Love Story, Rosemary’s Baby and When Harry Met Sally to recent films like Home Alone 2, Enchanted and The Smurfs. So book yourself a seat on this tour and relive some golden moments from Hollywood.
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James Bond
He may have the license to kill, but you can experience several thrills as you revisit spots in London that 007 frequented while on Her Majesty’s service. Drive past the Houses of Parliament, M’s club, author Ian Fleming’s home and Q’s office. You can also stop by the old MI:6 building and visit the store where Bond bought his boxer shorts!
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Eat, Pray, Love
Recreate author Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventures and find romance on the beautiful beaches of Bali in Indonesia. Treat yourself to spa treatments that include sea salt scrubs, steam treatments, a Balinese massage, and a ‘lulur’ body scrub. Spend your afternoons exploring the town and mix with the locals over the course of your five days in paradise.
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The Hobbit
It all began here. Now you can rediscover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. Spot Sam’s house, head to Bilbo’s home as you visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.
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Harry Potter
Muggles who are fascinated with the ‘boy who lived’, Ron, Hermione and You Know Who need to book tickets on this three-hour luxury mini coach. The bus takes you to King’s Cross Station (used to film Platform 9 ¾), 12 Grimmauld Place (Sirius Black’s home) and the site used for the Leaky Cauldron. You can also check out the entrance to the Ministry Of Magic, and get a photo of yourself pushing a trolley through Platform 9 ¾.
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Twihards around the world swoon at Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s eternally damned love story. You can now make a trip to Forks, Washington, and see the place where they first met (Forks High School), Chief Swan’s police station, the meadows where Edward and Bella met in secret and the thick forests that provided a backdrop to their five-film storyline.
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Films that inspire holidays:
The Dark Knight Rises
Pride And Prejudice
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy
The Shining
Batman Begins
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Notting Hill
The Sound Of Music
Midnight In Paris