Leonardo Dicaprio pays a secret visit to Taj Mahal


Avoiding the prying eyes of Media and public crowd, Hollywood superstar Leonardo Dicaprio paid a quiet visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday morning. The ‘Titanic’ star was in the country to shoot for an untitled documentary on climate change.

The visit of the 40-year-old actor to the world-famous monument was kept under wraps. “He reached Taj around 7.15 am. He wore a golf cap, black sunglasses to conceal his identity and was surrounded by bodyguards, who donned an all-black look. They were trying hard to keep the visit low-key,” according to sources in the Archaeological Survey of India.

His bodyguards did not allow anyone to get close to the actor or click his photographs. He left around 9.30 am in a golf cart before holiday crowd could come, sources added.

The actor, who shared screen space alongside Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in 2013 film ‘The Great Gatsby’, had even hired an Indian guide to help him understand the culture. Leonardo spent around two hours and showed keen interest in the fascinating history of the 17th century monument, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, sources said.

Leonardo was with his mother and other family members as he roamed around the vicinity of the marble mausoleum. A still photographer was also with him who clicked their pictures. “He admired the monument to the fullest and fell in love with its story. He was here with his mother. He wanted to explore the whole vicinity of the monument before it started getting crowded, so that he can click photographs,” according to sources.

Leonardo has been named as the United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change. He is reportedly in India to profile renowned environmentalist and political activist Sunita Narain for an untitled documentary film on climate change that will “explore the crisis of our time in a way that has never been done before”.

Sunita Narain is is currently the director general of the Centre for Science and Environment. She is also the director of the Society for Environmental Communications, and publisher of environmental magazine ‘Down To Earth’.