‘Pretty Woman’ Julia Roberts enchanted with Taj Mahal (Lead, changing dateline)

January 23rd, 2009 - 1:16 am ICT by IANS  

Richard GereAgra, Jan 22 (IANS) Hollywood actress Julia Roberts spent over an hour at the Taj Mahal along with her husband Thursday, and was “enchanted” with the marbled monument to love.The “Pretty Woman” actress refused to speak to the media at the Taj.

Her guide Sumit Arora told IANS “She was enchanted and said ‘awesome, beautiful’.”

The actress flew in here from Jaipur, where she spent two days sightseeing.

Roberts, who arrived in Jaipur Tuesday afternoon, was staying at the luxury resort of Oberoi Rajvilas.

A source at the Jaipur hotel told IANS, “She stayed at our hotel with her husband and kids. On Wednesday she went sightseeing - saw the City Palace and Amber Fort - after which she went to a private farmhouse in Kukas place near Amber Fort where she enjoyed elephant riding for over an hour.”

He said the Hollywood actress spent over three hours at the farmhouse. “First she took an elephant ride, then she went on a camel cart ride around the area. She also had her lunch there,” the source said.

“She checked out this morning (Thursday) at around 9 a.m.,” he added.

The 41-year-old actress reportedly loved sightseeing around the Amber Fort, situated 11 km away from the city centre.

The tourism industry of Rajasthan is happy with the visit of the celebrity - that comes after the Mumbai terror attacks.

“After the Mumbai terror attack and the economic woes in the West, we were not getting very many tourists to the city. With a famous personality like Julia Roberts visiting the city, we are hoping that more foreign tourists would visit the state soon,” said Navendu Goswami, a Jaipur-based travel agent.

Roberts had starred opposite Richard Gere in the romantic comedy “Pretty Woman” in the early 1990s.

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