Bear hugs, charkha moment & Taj Mahal: Day 1 for Trump

United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday afternoon for a 36-hour visit to India.

On the agenda for day 1 of his whirlwind tour was the Sabarmati Ashram, the address to thousands at the Motera Stadium and then a lovely tour of one of the wonders of the world — The Taj Mahal in Agra.

Here are some of the best pictures of Day 1.

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. There were tableaux, folk dancers and musicians rolling out the cultural tapestry that is India, at the airport, on the way to the cricket stadium where both leaders addressed the crowds. Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters  

Dancers in their colourful best were at the airport to give the US First Couple a warm welcome at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport. This is Donald Trump‘s first standalone visit to India as US president. In 2014, Trump flew to Mumbai as a private citizen, where he held a number of meetings related to the building of a Trump Tower in the Indian financial capital. Photograph: MEAIndia/Flickr

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump share a laugh at Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad. Modi explained the importance of the place in India‘s freedom struggle. Photograph: PTI Photo

Trump and Melania try their hands on the khadi spinning wheel, also known as the ‘charkha‘. Modi also presented the “Three Wise Monkeys”, signifying Gandhi‘s three maxims of ‘see no evil‘, ‘hear no evil‘ and ‘speak no evil‘, as a memento to the US president. Photograph: PTI Photo

US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend a welcoming ceremony with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as they arrive at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. According to reports, over a lakh people gathered at the newly built cricket stadium in Motera area on Monday to witness US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the Namaste Trump event. Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs US President Donald Trump during the Namaste Trump event, at Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI photo

Trump embraces Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Namaste Trump‘ event at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, in Ahmedabad. During the speech, Trump lavished great praise on Modi saying, “Modi started off as a humble chaiwala; he worked at cafeteria and is shining example that Indians can achieve anything”. Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters

Everybody loves him, Trump said of Modi at the ‘Namaste Trump‘ event and then added that the prime minister is a very ‘tough‘ negotiator. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters

A woman wears a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during the “Namaste Trump” event at the Sardar Patel Stadium. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Motera Stadium. Photograph: Press Information Bureau

After wooing the crowds in Ahmedabad, US President Donald Trump made his way to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. The US First Couple marvelled at the famed 17th century Mughal-era mausoleum built as a monument of love. Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters

US President Donald Trump‘s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner at Taj Mahal in Agra. Photograph: PTI Photo

The President and the First Lady arrive at the AFS Palam in New Delhi, on Monday evening. Photograph: Subhav Shukla/PTI Photo

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