AGRA: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Monday night visited the enduring Taj Mahal as they marvelled on the famed 17th century Mughal-era mausoleum constructed as a monument of affection.
Trump, accompanied by his spouse, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, arrived right here from Ahmedabad.
“Taj Mahal evokes awe, a timeless testomony to the wealthy and numerous fantastic thing about Indian tradition! Thanks, India,” wrote Trump within the guests e-book throughout his go to to the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in reminiscence of his spouse Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631, has been refurbished for the go to.
President Trump and the First Woman held fingers as they strolled on the Taj complicated and later wrote within the guests’ e-book. They had been additionally briefed concerning the historical past and significance of the monument
The US President’s go to to Agra and Taj has generated large pleasure amongst native residents. Some retailers have even displayed their very own banners, welcoming Trump to India.
Trump additionally took to Twitter to precise his sentiments about his first official go to to India, which started with a go to to Ahmedabad.
“First girl and I’ve travelled 8,000 miles world wide to present a message to every citizen of this nation – America loves India, America respects India, and the individuals of America will all the time be true and dedicated buddies of the individuals of India,” the American chief tweeted in Hindi.
From the Kheria airbase right here, Trump’s convoy of over 30 automobiles drove to Oberoi Amarvilas resort close to the Taj Mahal complicated, as over 15,000 college college students who lined up either side of the route held US and India flags and cheered the US president as his motorcade handed by.
Huge billboards bearing greeting messages and photos of Trump, First Woman and Modi dotted the almost 13-km convoy route as road roundabouts decked up with US and India flags symbolised the US-India friendship.
An intensive three-layered safety is in place for his Agra go to, and authorities had received the Taj Mahal premises cleared of holiday makers by midday, hours forward of Trump’s go to to the celebrated architectural landmark.
Trump and the First Woman loved the view of the marble marvel within the night as a cool breeze added to the nice climate.
In addition they posed for photos for photographers. The couple will spend about an hour at Taj to catch the sundown from the UNESCO heritage website, earlier than heading to Delhi.
The final US president to go to the the Mughal-era surprise was Invoice Clinton who had come to India in 2000. He had seen the Taj together with daughter Chelsea Clinton.
In 1959, then US president David Dwight Eisenhower had visited Taj together with then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
From huge billboards bearing greeting messages to road roundabouts decked up with US and India flags, Agra had waited excitedly to welcome President Trump and authorities made preparations to current a “energetic Agra” to the visiting President, in search of to shake off the outdated tag of ‘metropolis of ghosts’.
“Throughout Clinton’s go to town streets had been abandoned because of safety preparations, prompting him to name it a ‘metropolis of ghosts’. This time the joy might be felt within the air,” mentioned Mohit Kumar, who works at a resort in Tajganj space.
“I used to be very younger in 2000 when Clinton visited. We’re very excited and comfortable that one other US President has come to our metropolis because of which the civic facilities have been improved,” he mentioned.
Trump arrived in Agra after collectively attending with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the mega ‘Namaste Trump’ occasion on the newly constructed Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
On his arrival on the airbase, over 250 artistes drawn from totally different elements of Uttar Pradesh carried out ‘Mayur dance’, ‘Rai people dance’, Dhobia people dance’ as sonorous sounds of ‘bumrasia’ nagada, dholak, mridang, added to the festive atmosphere.
A large billboard there that includes Trump, First Woman Melania Trump and Prime Minister Modi greeted the couple with a message – ‘Grand welcome of India’s greatest good friend to the Metropolis of Love –Agra’.
Trump was obtained on the Kheria airbase by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
“From the airport, the US President’s convoy travelled until the Oberoi Amarvilas resort located close to the East Gate of the Taj Mahal complicated. From there the President and his household and members of high-level delegation accompanying him moved into eco-friendly golf carts to journey into the monument premises,” a senior official mentioned.
As per Supreme Court docket instructions, petrol or diesel-operated automobiles aren’t permitted inside 500 m of the Taj Mahal’s gate.
The architectural marvel inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Web site in 1983 is manufactured from white Makrana marble and pink sandstones, and famend for its intricate inlay work on the stone floor.
Taj Mahal, thought-about one of many seven wonders of the world, stands on the financial institution of Yamuna, and is all the time excessive on the itinerary of visiting heads of state.
In 2015, the then US President Barack Obama was scheduled to go to the monument throughout his India go to. It’s mentioned he couldn’t achieve this because of safety causes.