|29th July 2016
Rohit arrives in hometown Hyderabad
Mr World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal made the final stage of his triumphant homecoming to India yesterday, receiving the embrace of his home town as he arrived in Hyderabad to a jubilant crowd of fans, friends and family.
Landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at a little before Midday, Rohit was cheered by the waiting masses, including his grandmother, who made the trip to greet him upon arrival.
Speaking, Mr World said "I was thrilled by the response from my closed ones and people across the city, In fact I had many relatives and friends who flew to Hyderabad from different parts of the country just to wish me luck and show their love for my victory".
Family and friends wait to welcome home Mr World Rohit
Rohit Khandelwal with his Grandmother at the airport yesterday morning
Throughout the day Mr World had a series of meet and greets. He was congratulated by the Governor of Maharashtra Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, who received Rohit yesterday afternoon in his offices.
Rohit also met with several chatritable organisations, including the YMCA of Greater Hyderabad and spent time with the Government High School for Blind Boys, where he spoke and played with the children as well as enjoyed a celebratory cake.
Rohit: “I wanted to visit places which have been a part of my life growing up and on my journey to being Mr World. I used to play at the YMCA playground throughout my childhood, learning sports such as basketball and table tennis, it was a place of great warmth. My college gave me a grand welcome too, with the deputy Mayor, Dr. Laxman President of Bharatiya Janata Party and the entire collegiate gatherd in the auditorium to celebrate with me! I was so overwhelmed by this gesture, in a day in a week of overwhelming emotions.”
“It was a great joy to be able to share my celebrations with this school for the blind, a place I have visited several times before." Said Rohit, continuing "Many personally knew me so it was a touching occasion. They had a special cake for me which I cut and then shared amongst everyone, before catching up.”
Mr World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal clicked the Governor of Maharashtra Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao during his recent meet. The Governor congratulated Rohit on his historic win at Mr World.
Mr World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal was presented with a special award of appreciation by the YMCA of Greater Hyderabad.
Rohit spending time at the YMCA Hyderabad
Mr World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal spends some quality time with the kids at the Govt High School for Blind Boys.
He also spoke at the Aurora College, where he shared some words of wisdom about his journey in life so far, and what carried him to the title of Mr World. Watch a snippet here!