India will observe the 69th Independence Day on Saturday, 15 August, to commemorate the country's independence from British Empire in 1947.
The world's largest democratic nation is one of the favourite holiday destination of several Hollywood celebrities, including Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Katy Pery.
While some of them visited India for professional reasons, others take a trip to the country for spiritual enlightenment.
Meanwhile, several popular personalities from the entertainment industry, such as Justin Bieber and Harry Styles, are yet to visit India, but they have a huge fan base in the country.
"The Vampire Diaries" actor Paul Wesley is among the most loved Hollywood celebrities in India. On 12 February 2014, "India Loves Paul Wesley" was one of the trending hashtags on Twitter.
As India observes the 69th Independence Day, we bring you a list of Hollywood celebrities who have shared their thoughts and excitements about visiting the nation.
Ian Somerhalder: "The Vampire Diaries" star has lot of fans in India and they are eagerly waiting for him to visit the country. When an Indian admirer tweeted, "We here in India really love you Ian!! Please one reply from your side would make my day :)!!", he replied, "wow- all the way in INDIA?! that's really awesome".
Angelina Jolie: The actress revealed that she received warm reception from the residents of India while filming "A Mighty Heart" with Brad Pitt. "We are excited to have this chance for our children to learn about India's wonderful culture and history," People quoted her.
Stana Katic: The "Castle" star spoke about her love for the country after she signed for a thriller movie by former Indian tennis player and Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj.
"I am very keen to visit India. I gifted my brother a visit to India on his graduation and he brought me a beautiful anklet, worn by Indian dancers. I could imagine what India is like, through his experiences and stories," Thaindian News quoted her.
Taylor Swift: The "Blank Space" singer had plans to visit India during her third worldwide concert tour "Red", but she could not due to her tight schedule. During an interview with Times of India sometime ago she had even mentioned her interest in visiting the culture rich country.
"I have heard a lot about the Taj Mahal, Kashmir, Delhi, and South India. I like historic monuments. They depict so much about a particular culture. I am a travel junkie who loves to explore a lot of local food and style. I would love to taste some great Indian food. I would love to sing for a Bollywood movie. I am open to offers and learning a few Hindi words," she said.