Actor and musician Robert Pattinson just landed back in the U.S. after a six-month excursion to India. During his time in the country, he visited temples, attended concerts, and ate spicy food – and he even penned a travelogue about his adventures.
The 28-year-old British actor and singer released a video on Thursday showing him arriving at the Mumbai airport in India. “Hi guys, welcome back to Mumbai. This is your captain,” he says in the video as he steps off the plane.
Pattinson’s trip to India was part of a public relations campaign for luxury goods company Montblanc, which owns the brand he is best known for wearing, Bulgari. The company wanted to promote its new luxury watch collection, Bulgari Artisans de Savoie, and the designer’s signature motifs – the falcon and the cobra – as well as the brand’s Italian roots, which date back to 1881.
As part of the initiative, Pattinson filmed a short documentary about his travels to India. In the video, he walks the streets of Mumbai and visits the city’s top attractions – including the Taj Mahal and the Krishna River – before boarding a plane to head back to the U.K. However, even that journey was not without incident. Shortly before takeoff, the actor tweeted that the pilot had dropped a few seats and that there were less than 15 minutes of flight time left. Fortunately, the plane was able to take off a few minutes early and land in Delhi safely.
Arriving in Delhi, he was met by a camera crew and a representative from Montblanc. Pattinson was then driven to the Oberoi Hotel, where he spent the next two nights. During that stay, he participated in a press conference, met with investors, and took part in a tour of the hotel’s magnificent gardens. On his last day in Delhi, Pattinson visited the Jama Masjid – or Great Mosque of Delhi – the largest mosque in the city. There, he met with religious scholars and an imam.
After Delhi, the actor traveled to Varanasi, where he stayed at the famous five-star Hotel Ranthambhore. During his stay, he participated in a series of events, including a cooking lesson with renowned chef Atul Kochar, a trip to the ghats to take a holy dip in the River Ganges, and a visit to the city’s museum, the Banaras Hindu University. He also penned an appreciation for Varanasi’s street food, which he said was some of the best he had ever tasted. Later in the week, Pattinson moved on to Kolkata, where he spent a couple of nights at the Hotel Imperial. There, he attended an opera concert, followed by a Tibetan Monastery Blessing Festival. The next day, he headed to Agartala, where he stayed at the grand Hotel Shilin. The actor participated in a press conference and held a short Q&A session with journalists and fans. During the visit, he remembered his friend, the late Italian journalist and writer Mario Puzo, who had passed away earlier that year. Puzo had been a good friend to the English actor and singer, and they often traveled to India together. On Thursday, Pattinson tweeted a picture of himself in front of the Taj Mahal, writing, “Another day in paradise.”
Pattinson’s India trip was a memorable one, filled with gorgeous views, incredible food, and interesting cultural experiences. The actor has already posted a few beautiful images from the trip on his Instagram account, along with some interesting tales about the country. As an added bonus, Pattinson was able to travel to places and see things that most people in the U.K. cannot. It is always an added bonus when an A-list celebrity can bring an insight that is more personal and engaged with their interests. We are looking forward to seeing more from his India travelogue!