President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Taj Mahal, the ivory-white marble mausoleum known as one of the worlds most iconic symbols of love, as well as Sabarmati Ashram, the former abode of Mahatma Gandhi, on Feb. 24 during their two-day state visit to India.
“The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian Culture!” Trump wrote in the monuments visitors book.
The president began his first visit to India on Monday, starting by addressing over 100,000 people at the city of Ahmedabads newly constructed cricket stadium, the worlds largest, which he also inaugurated.
The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian Culture!
Thank You, India.
— Government of UP (@UPGovt) February 24, 2020
According to travel reports released by the White House, the president and the first lady traveled through the massive gardens leading to the mausoleum in a golf cart motorcade and then “walked together to the mausoleum which they visited while the pool stayed behind.”
Trump is the ninth U.S. President to visit India. President Barack Obama visited it in 2015 and George W. Bush did so in 2006.
As Trump walked back to the gate of the Taj Mahal he said, “Really incredible, an incredible place.”
Earlier during the day, after addressing the people in the crowded stadium, the president and the first lady visited Sabarmati Ashram, the former abode of Mahatma Gandhi.
Sabarmati Ashram is where Gandhi lived for 13 years and is of historical significance because he directed all the major activities of Indias civil rights movement against the British colonial rule from here.
According to the White House travel reports, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen explaining to the President and the first lady how to use a traditional spinning wheel used by Gandhi.