Day 1: Culture & Shopping

1 Chinatown

This one’s for all the cinephiles. If you’re a Bollywood buff, you may have noticed Bollywood’s love affair with the city of Singapore in films such as Pyaar Impossible!, De Dana Dan, and most recently Badrinath ki Dulhania—the charming romantic comedy starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. 

Come see the vibrant, colourful city that is Singapore through the lens of Bollywood. Here are some Bollywood-inspired ideas to help you plan your itinerary:

Morning/Afternoon

Just like how the cast of Badrinath ki Dulhania enacts their song-and-dance scene ‘Humsafar’ while exploring the lanes of Chinatown Street Market, you can jam to your own tune as you explore the market, too—there’s so much to choose from in colourful Chinatown, from food streets to street vendors peddling authentic traditional wares.

While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre for a look at the district’s history. The centre is a replica of shops and living quarters from the ‘50s and ‘60s, giving visitors a truly immersive experience of what the neighbourhood was like way back when. 

After that little history detour, head to the eateries and hawker stalls along Smith Street to chow down on some traditional local cuisine. Take a leaf out of Varun Dhawan’s book and have your fill of durians, the king of fruit, at one of the fruit stalls—while the smell of the fruit is pungent and might not be for everybody, it’s a local favourite and definitely something you should try at least once. 

2 Singapore River

Evening

What better way to see the local sights, sounds and cultures of Singapore than with a stroll along the historical Singapore River? Start at the Elgin Bridge where the scene in which the protagonist Abhay ‘Froggy’ Sharma first arrives in Singapore in Pyaar Impossible! was shot—a fitting attraction to visit on your first day! Make like Uday Chopra and start your exploration of the city from right here on the architecturally iconic bridge. 

Take a walk down the river and you’ll find yourself at Clarke Quay, the heart of hubbub and nightlife in Singapore. Featured in both iconic films De Dana Dan and Pyaar Impossible, the area is the place to be for the party animals and night owls amongst us. If you’re looking for a specific joint to go party, head to any of the clubs at Clarke Quay, such as Zouk, Crazy Elephant and Canvas, and dance your cares away like Badrinath and his dulhania do in Badrinath ki Dulhania. 

For a quieter but equally spectacular evening, head to the Singapore Flyer (another destination in Badrinath ki Dulhania) and go for a spin while you admire Singapore’s night cityscape. If you feel like pampering yourself, opt for the Champagne Flight, where you get to sip on some bubbly champagne and sample an assortment of sweet treats at the height of luxury.

Day 2: Sightseeing & exploring

3 Sentosa Island

Morning/Afternoon

When you’re in sunny Singapore, you have to make a trip to the beach. Enjoy all the sun, sand and sea of the island at Siloso Beach, as seen in Badrinath ki Dulhania—sporty types can enjoy a game of beach volleyball, go surfing with man-made waves at Wave House, then refuel by grabbing a bite to eat at any of the several restaurants in the area. 

Take inspiration from the characters in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya and head to the hulking Merlion on Sentosa Island. Standing at a height of a whopping 37 metres, this is the tallest version of the half-lion half-fish national icon. Head to the viewing gallery at the top for a stunning view of Sentosa and its surrounding islands. 

Then cross the iconic rope bridge at Siloso Beach and you’ll get to see the view the protagonists of De Dana Dan enjoyed at the Southernmost point in Sentosa. Well, actually, the Southernmost point of continental Asia. Climb the viewing towers for a breath-taking, unobstructed view of the sea—it’s also the best spot to enjoy a relaxing sea breeze. 

4 Marina Barrage

Afternoon/Evening 

Marina Barrage (De Dana Dan), famously seen in the Rishte Naate song sequence – frolic in the fountains like the movie’s two leads, or pack a picnic and have a sun-drenched meal on the green. 

Another film that’s taken its audiences on a tour of Singapore is Dear Zindagi, starring Alia Bhatt and Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan. Just as budding cinematographer Kaira (Alia Bhatt) captures gorgeous scenes of the city through her camera lens, you can also capture beautiful shots of the city, especially at the Fullerton Promenade. If you’d rather just soak in the views in the moment, dine at one of the restaurants along the waterfront.

No one can forget the memorable scene in Krrish where Hrithik Roshan races through the city to stop Dr. Arya from getting away – but perhaps most memorable of all is his character dashing across the massive fountain that is the Fountain of Wealth. Visit that very fountain at Suntec City, where you’ll get to walk amidst the splashing waters. Maybe try not to re-enact the scene though, best to leave that to professionals. 

Day 3: Play

5 East Coast Park

Morning

Hark back to the iconic Rishte Naate song sequence and make a trip to East Coast Park, where you can rent a bike—love birds, go tandem and explore the lush verdure of the park on wheels. Besides gorgeous scenery, there’s also lots to do in East Coast Park, such as renting a barbecue pit, building sandcastles by the beach, or skateboarding at the Xtreme Skatepark.

6 Orchard Road

Afternoon/Evening

Anyone will tell you that Orchard Road’s a must-visit destination in Singapore. Especially if you’ve been bitten by the shopping bug, much like Badrinath’s dulhania herself. Strap on your most comfortable shopping shoes and head to mega-mall ION Orchard, where you can pick up new threads from international brands such as Zara, TopShop and more. 

Shopping’s not the only thing in store for you at Orchard Road, though. Another way to clock in that cardio is by heading to trampoline park Bounce, at Cineleisure Orchard. Make like the romantic leads of Badrianth ki Dulhania and spend a fun-filled afternoon jumping about on trampolines or challenging your friends to a round of dodgeball. 

Day 4: Parks

7 Haw Par Villa

Morning

You’re sure to be humming the tune of ‘Ek Din Kahin Hum Do Mile’, the iconic musical number from 1997 film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya when you enter the world of Haw Par Villa. Perhaps you’ll recognise the colourful pavilions as you stroll through the park—all of them intricately made and elaborately decorated. Opened in 1937, this park will wow you with its intriguing statues and installations, all of which depict scenes from Chinese history and mythology. A highlight of the park is the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit, which goes into the mythology of the courts of hell in graphic detail and can be a bit jarring for the faint-hearted.

8 Henderson Waves

Afternoon/Evening

For a walk through a park that’s less bizarre, head to Henderson Waves. Get your blood pumping with a hike up to the bridge, which boasts structural twists and turns (certainly a feat of style and architecture) and overlooks the picturesque canopy of greenery that is Telok Blangah Hill Park.