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Thursday February 22nd 2024

Gunga Din | 1939

Gunga Din film location: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, Central California
Gunga Din film location: "India's Northwest Frontier": Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, Central California

Spectacular epic set on India’s Northwest Frontier, with the Alabama Hills at Lone Pine on I-395, Inyo County, central California, standing in for the mountainous region which eventually became part of what is now Pakistan.

While perhaps not geographically correct, the striking rock formations provide a dramatic visual setting, overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada range.

You’ll find the Hills west of the town of Lone Pine off Whitney Portal Road.

The huge English fort was built on Indian Springs Road, south of Whitney Portal.

The ‘Temple of Kali’ was constructed in a hollow now known as Temple Pocket on Horseshoe Meadow Road – where a stone marker commemorates the shoot.

The location was put to similar use in, amongst other films, King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935).

In more recent years, the Hills have appeared in the likes of Marvel's Iron Man, The Great Race, Bad Day At Black Rock, Kalifornia and Tremors.

Lone Pine is now home to the Museum of Western Film History, and hosts the annual Lone Pine Film Festival.