Star trek

Thomas C Thottathil, head, corporate communications, Cox & Kings, is familiar with such inquiries but for packages abroad. For Rs 53,230 per person, you can go for a seven days/six nights tour of Cairo and cruise down the Nile, with an Egyptologist for company. As you sail past Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor, you can turn guide and tell the Egyptologist how Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar romanced here.

An eight-day tour to Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur, priced at Rs 16,827 per person, includes a trip to the Petronas Towers and Jalan Masjid India where Farhan Akhtar's Don was filmed.

"The movie needs to be a hit and should have been shot at exotic locations for us to design a package around it," says Thottathil. He recalls that the demand for Bollywood-oriented tours began with Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, which had people heading for New Zealand.

Slumdog Millionaire has, meanwhile, made slum tourism fashionable. For Chris Way, co-founder of Reality Tours and Travels, it is not difficult to recognise the rooftops and sewer pipes at Dharavi that are part of the Slumdog cinemascape. Way, who has been organising tours in Dharavi since 2003, says the traffic on his webpage tripled after the Danny Boyle film. "We point out the specific sites during the slum tour. The film has made the destination popular," says Ray, adding that over 90 per cent of his clients are foreigners.

Following the Bollywood bandwagon does come at a price. If you still have fantasies of Jiah Khan's long legs in Nishabd or the picture-postcard place, you can stay at Seven Mallay Bungalow in Munnar for Rs 7,200 a night the costliest package at IndiaHotelReview. Going overseas can cost up to Rs 1 lakh, but trips are customised to fit the budget. "Hotels, the means of transport and the number of days of the tour can be changed according to the budget," says Rastogi. While his target audience comprises youngsters aged 25-35, Thottathil's client list features families.

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