AS Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his first official visit to India this week, he’s brought his family along and is soaking in the sites at some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions.
After receiving a fairly frosty reception on landing New Delhi, being greeted only by a junior agricultural minister as opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trudeau made his way to the landmark Taj Mahal for a photo on the iconic marble bench.
I was about Xav’s age when I first visited the Taj Mahal almost 35 years ago… and it’s amazing to be back with him & the family on Day 1 of our trip to India. pic.twitter.com/EN6VnkYBU2
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 18, 2018
He said on Twitter that the last time he had visited India’s most recognizable structure was 35 years ago.
Making their way on to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, the Trudeau clan enjoyed spinning cotton and paying their respects at the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi.
Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it was from this base that Gandhi led the Salt March – also known as the Salt Satyagraha or Dandi March – on 12 March 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the government established the ashram as a marker for remembrance.
Morning at Sabarmati ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1930. Fascinating and beautiful place of peace. pic.twitter.com/Np7X68bKqW
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 20, 2018
Dressed in full traditional outfits, Trudeau, along with his wife Sophie and children Xavier, Hadrien and Ella-Grace, greeted the press and all signed the visitors book at one of India’s most significant national monuments.
Next stop was the impressive Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar. Here the prime minister met with religious leaders and marvelled at the architectural wonder of the 6,000 metric tonnes of pink sandstone that make up the striking structure.
The sprawling complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.
Akshardham Temple in all its beauty. Sophie and I were honoured to visit. pic.twitter.com/KtIAHTtVQ2
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 19, 2018
Trudeau has received criticism from some back home for his apparent holidaying on the tax payer’s dollars while not meeting with many of his counterparts in the Indian government. He is only expected to meet Modi on the sixth day of his seven-day tour.
Justin Trudeau’s family vacation is being paid for by you. Sure there are some meetings added on but this is by all appearances so far, more vacay than business. Read and RT https://t.co/tFkNaa16Fg #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/KvDZgANuCz
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 19, 2018
A veteran Indian diplomat said in his long experience w/ bilateral visits, he had never experienced a trip of this nature, where visiting dignitary spent so little time in official engagements with counterparts in the Indian govt. https://t.co/kUUAGVCGYk #cdnpoli
— Prem (@Prem_S) February 19, 2018
“Thank You to my dear Canadian taxpayers for funding my current February family vacation to India. I wanted to show my kids what I saw when I was here at 11 years of age. Thank You again…the wine on board my govt jet is the best that money can buy.” – PM Justin Trudeau pic.twitter.com/wNqRrwf2C3
— Just For Fun (@LiberalNo) February 19, 2018
But others were happy to see the Canadian PM getting into the Indian swing of things and hoped he and the whole family enjoy their week long trip.
Welcome to my country , INDIA
Hope you enjoy your visit !!! @JustinTrudeau https://t.co/vcJtuVtB0L
— Jeffy (@Sukainajeff2) February 20, 2018
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