Speculations on Virat-Anushka engagement on January 1 as celebs head for Rishikesh

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Celebs like Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan and industrialist Anil Ambani have arrived at the resort near Rishikesh

The hotel remains off-limits for all non-guests

Staff had been reportedly told to switch off phones to prevent leakage of any information, according to sources

DEHRADUN: Amidst increasing buzz that cricketer Virat Kohli and actor girlfriend Anushka Sharma, currently holidaying at the spa resort, Ananda in the Himalayas near Rishikesh, will be getting engaged on January 1, celebrities like Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan as well as industrialist Anil Ambani along with wife Tina arrived at the spa resort on Thursday adding further fuel to the speculations.

The Bachchans and Ambanis reached Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport in a chartered flight in the afternoon and straightaway headed for Ananda. The hotel remained off-limits for all non-guests and according to sources, staff had also been reportedly told to switch off phones to prevent leakage of any information. The Tehri district police under whose jurisdiction the area falls, claimed that they had not been contacted for additional security at the resort. “We have only come to know that the celebrities would be staying here and will leave after a few days,” said N S Napalchiyal, superintendent of police, Tehri.

On Tuesday, Anushka and Virat had conducted a pooja for continued success and prosperity at Anant Dham, an ashram located at Ambuwala village near Haridwar where they also spent a few hours with the ashram’s chief preceptor Anant Maharaj. Incidentally, in December 2014, Anushka had visited the ashram with her relatives and had also conducted a similar pooja.

The couple had arrived in Uttarakhand on December 24 and had directly gone to the spa resort where they celebrated Christmas. They did not interact with fans many of whom had gathered at the airport as well as outside the spa resort choosing to post only a few pictures of their stay on social networking sites.

Meanwhile, Anushka’s 82-year-old paternal grandmother Urmila Sharma, who stays in Dehradun, told TOI that she was “not aware of any impending engagement yet.” She added that she “likes Virat and would be happy if the two decide to get married.” “Anuskha had last come to visit me when her grandfather expired five years ago. I regularly go to Mumbai to meet her and we also talk on the phone. I had a word with Anuksha’s father Ajay yesterday but he didn’t mention anything about an engagement,” she said.

Anushka’s paternal grandparents had moved to Dehradun in 1957. Her maternal grandmother also stays in the city along with her uncle. TOI