US President Donald Trump accorded traditional welcome

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New Delhi: US President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump were accorded a traditional welcome complete with the traditional 'teeka,' garlands and stole at the ITC Maurya here on Monday night.

The five-star hotel, symbolised by the distinctive logo of hands folded in the traditional 'Namaste,' will harp on its own branding and the fact that 'Namaste Trump' has been trending all over.

The entire hotel resonated with the theme of 'Namaste.'

According to the sources, the President of the United States (POTUS) and First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) were welcomed with traditional 'teeka', 'thali' laden with flowers and stoles after they arrive at the hotel on Monday.

Women dressed in traditional attire greeted the Trumps.

A similar traditional Indian welcome was accorded to former US president Barack Obama when he came to India twice, once during 2010 and the second time in 2015, as the chief guest of India's Republic Day celebrations.

A multi-tier security arrangement comprising the Delhi Police, US Secret Service and other agencies is in place in the national capital.

The US president arrived in Ahmedabad on February 24 for a little less than 36-hour India trip.

From Ahmedabad, the US president travelled to Agra to have a glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal. The Trump family spent about an hour at the Taj Mahal before sunset. Then they left for Delhi for the main leg of the visit.

On the morning of February 25, Trump and the First Lady would be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

From there, they would go to Rajghat to pay homage at the 'samadhi' of Mahatma Gandhi.

It would be followed by restricted and delegation-level talks between Trump and Modi at Hyderabad House.

ITC hotel's uber luxurious suite

With a food testing laboratory, elaborate security systems, uber luxurious amenities such as an ornate private drawing room and spa and floor butlers, the mansion-like Grand Presidential Suite of the ITC Maurya here that has played host to a number of heads of states welcomed US President Donald Trump on Monday.

The premium hotel also has an air quality monitoring system and ensures that its guests breathe air that is "as fresh as mountain breeze", according to its website.

The two-bedroom Grand Presidential Suite, known as 'Chanakya', has hosted several heads of states including former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

It has a private drawing room, a private terrace, a gym and a dining area along with a private entrance, a parking boulevard, a high speed elevator, elaborate security systems and a presidential floor butler, according to the hotel's website.

The website describes the 'Chanakya' suite as "a two-bedroom mansion of luxury with silk panelled walls, dark wood flooring and magnificent artwork".

It says the suite boasts of a reception area, a large living room, a study, a peacock-themed 12-seater private dining room, an opulent bathroom with mother of pearl accessories and imperial decor and a mini spa and gymnasium.

"With the latest in technology, the suite has 55" high definition TV's and IPOD docking station. Exclusive access to a business courtyard, The Summit Lounge and Boardroom, provide an oasis where affairs of the state can be discussed in complete privacy," it says.

The suite also has the facility of a microbiological laboratory for food testing.

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