From 'chiwala' to Taj Mahal, Donald Trump and Melania's India visit was quite eventful

Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 17:58 | Sherlin Rajan
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    Donald Trump received a welcome fit for king at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport where Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him with a hug. Trump was accompanied by the US First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner on the visit. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was also present at the airport along with other officials to welcome the visiting dignitaries. As he walked the red carpet the US President was accorded a tri-service guard of honour. (Picture/Pallav Paliwal)

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    "Hum Bharat aane ke liye tatpar hain. Hum raste me hain, kuchh hi ghanton me hum sab milenge (We are excited to come to India. We are on the way, we will be meeting in some time from now)," Trump had tweeted in Hindi before departing from US visit.

    Trump was dressed in a well-fitted black suit with matching black trousers, teamed with a crisp white shirt and yellow tie, while Modi opted for a white kurta and sleeveless bandhgala jacket. Melania accessorised her white jumpsuit with a green Benarasi silk and gold embroidered sash. (Picture/Pallav Paliwal)

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    From the airport, Trump and Modi then embarked on a 22-km-long roadshow to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at Motera and stopped for a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram on their way. At the Sabarmati Ashram, Trump and his wife Melania tried their hands at spinning the
    'charkha' (spinning wheel). Accompanied by Modi, the US president and his wife went around the ashram, before resuming the roadshow from the airport to the Motera stadium. Modi presented a memento of 'Three Wise Monkeys' to them.  (Picture/PTI)

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    After witnessing a spectacular roadshow, they reached the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium at Motera where over a population of more than one lakh waited to be addressed by him. Modi said President Trump's visit is a new chapter in the relations between India and America. "A chapter that will become a new document of progress and prosperity of the people of America and India," he said."We are in the early stages of discussion for an incredible trade agreement to reduce barriers of investments, between the US and India and I am optimistic that working together, the Prime Minister and I can reach a fantastic deal that's good and even great for both of our countries," Trump said, adding the Indian Prime Minister is a "very tough" negotiator. (Picture/PTI)

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    In his speech Trump made popular culture references to connect with the audience, but ended up mispronouncing them. While remembering the sports personalities Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, he pronounced the former as 'Soochin Tendulkar.' When Trump tried to make a reference to Bollywood, he mentioned films like 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' (DDLJ) and 'Sholay', which he pronounced as 'Shojay'. And while quoting social reformer Swami Vivekanand, he pronounced the name, "Swami Vivekamanan!" (Picture/PTI)

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    Captivated by mega 'Namaste Trump' event, President Donald Trump's advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump termed the program at Motera stadium as 'spectacular'. (Picture/PTI)

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    After bidding adieu to Ahmedabad, the Trumps landed at Agra to visit the Taj Mahal on Monday evening. They were received at the Kheria airbase by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with hundreds of artists with beautiful performances reflecting the rich culture of Uttar Pradesh. Along the route to Taj Mahal, over 3,000 artistes spread over 21 designated areas presented dance forms of Brij, Awadh and other regions, like Krishna Lila. (Picture/PTI)

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    The US President's visit to Agra and Taj has generated huge excitement among local residents. Some shops even displayed their own banners, welcoming Trump to India. The Taj Mahal, which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631, had been refurbished for the visit. (Picture/PTI)

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    President Trump and the First Lady held hands as they strolled at the Taj complex and later wrote in the visitors' book. They were also briefed about the history and importance of the monument. (Picture/PTI)

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    On Day 2 of the visit, Trump and Melania were accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind and Modi. The US president was then accorded a tri-services guard of honour at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Picture/PTI)

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    For the ceremonial reception, Ivanka chose to go desi and wore a white Anita Dongre sherwani crafted from handwoven silk from Murshidabad. (Picture/Anita Dongre-Instagram)

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    Melania Trump on Tuesday attended a 'Happiness Class' at a south Delhi government school and said she was inspired by the curriculum, noting it has set a "healthy and positive" example for educators. The school was decked up with floral garlands and motifs to welcome the US First Lady. Floral rangolis were also drawn at multiple places in the school. A student band welcomed the First Lady by playing bagpipes. (Picture/PTI)

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    Excited students dressed in traditional attire and welcomed Melania as she arrived at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School in Moti Bagh. She took a tour of the school and visited a reading room as well as an activity room for kindergarten students. She also saw a yoga session and interacted with students. (Picture/PTI)

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    US President Donald Trump said India and the US have expanded their defence cooperation with agreements for New Delhi to purchase more than USD 3 billion of advanced American military equipment, including Apache and MH-60 Romeo helicopters -- the finest in the world. In his statement after restricted and delegation-level talks with PM Modi, Trump said the United States is also working productively with Pakistan to confront terrorists who operate on its soil. He termed his visit "very special, unforgettable, extraordinary" and "very productive for both countries." (Picture/PTI)

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    After holding bilateral talks with Modi, Trump was received again in the Rashtrapati Bhavan with his family for a banquet on Tuesday evening by President Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind. An elaborate menu that includes multiple vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies was prepared for the couple. The Trumps are set to return to the US after a banquet on Tuesday night. (Picture/PTI)

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US President Donald Trump was given a royal welcome when he landed in Ahmedabad on his first official visit to India. From signing a USD 3 billion deal, showing the love America has for India to mispronunciation of names of Indian personalities in his speech, here's a round-up of the trip.