US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spent nearly an hour at the Taj Mahal on Monday during their self-sufficient visit to India. They were accompanied by their daughter, Ivanka, and their son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Trump and Melania held hands as they walked around the Taj complex. “The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you India, ”they wrote in the guestbook after the tour.
Although Trump and Melania stood in front of Diana’s seat, they did not sit on it as is usually done when visiting heads of state.
The Trumps entered the main mausoleum which houses the tomb of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who created the “marble wonder” in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose tomb is also located there.
“President Trump and Melania were patient listeners. They wanted to know the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the architecture and symmetry of the Taj Mahal, ”said Nitin Singh, who took the assets on the Taj tour.
“They asked about the inlay work and where the marble came from. The wife of the US president asked how Emperor Aurangzeb kept his father, Shah Jahan, in prison, ”he added.
The Agra administration dumped fresh water into the Yamuna River, which was seen by the president and his wife when they made their way to the back of the mausoleum. The Trumps seemed to have enjoyed their trip. Ivanka also requested that her photo be taken with the mausoleum as a backdrop.
Earlier, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath greeted guests who landed at Kheria Airport in Agra at 4:15 p.m. culture.
Trump praised the cultural reception by applauding with Melania. From Kheria airport, the convoy of more than 30 vehicles of the US president headed for a hotel near the Taj Mahal complex. The family and members of the high-level delegation accompanying them left the hotel and boarded eco-friendly golf carts to visit Taj’s premises, officials said. More than 15,000 school children lined up waving American and Indian flags on both sides of the eight-mile road – from the airport to the Taj – and cheered as Trump’s motorcade passed amid massive security measures.
Cutouts of Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and giant billboards with greeting messages dot the course. Stages have been set up along the roads to present cultural events to welcome visiting dignitaries.
Barricades were placed on the road to reduce public traffic from 1:30 p.m. while authorities had emptied the Taj’s premises of visitors at noon. The Trumps flew to Delhi around 6:50 p.m.