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On touching down, the larger than life star went straight to the Taj Mahal, 700 km away, accompanied by his co-star Anil Kapoor – "an incredible host".
Anil, a veteran with 30 years experience on the Bollywood movie scene, is known to western audiences as the conniving talk show host in Slumdog Millionaire.
Even a globetrotter like Tom was overwhelmed by his 48 hours in the colourful country.
"I wanted to come to India my whole life, so I am very excited," he told local journalists.
"I love watching Hindi movies. There are many Hindi movies that come out... but I do watch a few of them. [If I was offered a film in Bollywood] I would never say no," he added.