He reiterated his personal chemistry with PM saying, "Indian Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi is a close friend of Israel and of mine and I appreciate the fact that he will accompany me on extensive parts of my visit".
The trip comes about half a year after Modi became the first sitting Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
"The two prime ministers drove straight from the airport to Teenmurti Chowk to pay homage to the soldiers of Mysore Lancers, Jodhpur Lancers and Hyderabad Lancers, who had fought for the allied forces to wrest control of Haifa â€" now a major port city on Mediterranean Coast of Israel â€" from the Ottoman Empire in September 2018 during World War I.
Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister to visit the world's second-most populous country in 15 years.
The six-day visit marks a quarter century of bilateral relations.
The build up to Netanyahu's visit was soured this month when India called off a deal to buy 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael. "We will strengthen the connection between Israel and this important global power".
15:27 Here is what Modi wrote in the visitor's book at Teen Murti chowk Image courtesy News18
He said the visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between the two countries. A meeting with President Kovind is also scheduled for Monday.
The two leaders are expected to discuss trade and defence ties as well as the Israel-Palestine relationship, NDTV reported.
During his six day trip, Pm Narendra Modi will accompany with Benjamin Netanyahu while he travels to Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.
Netanyahu would arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday in the evening where he will meet the Indian Jewish community.
The prime minister's entourage includes the largest-ever delegation of Israeli businesspeople with representatives from the agriculture, water technology, cybersecurity, defense, health, and food industries.
On Thursday he will meet with Indian business leaders at a "power breakfast" and attend two memorial services for the victims of the 26/11 attack at the Taj hotel and Nariman House, also known as Chabad House, a place of worship for Jews in Mumbai.