US President Barack Obama, accompanied by his  wife Michelle, arrived on Sunday morning on a three-day India visit. Breaking with protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at the VVIP terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport where both leaders greeted each other with a spontaneous hug.

Modi, dressed in a beige Nehru jacket paired with a  red shawl, welcomed Obama, wearing a dark suit, with a handshake and a hug. They kept clasping hands, chatting and joking like old friends.

The US president was accompanied by his wife Michelle, wearing a printed knee-length blue printed dress and teamed with a matching long jacket.

The arrival ceremony was surprisingly brief, the welcoming party made up only of Modi, minister-in-waiting Piyush Goyal and US ambassador Richard Verma.

The Obamas and Modi posed for the visual media and waved hands and the First Couple boarded The Beast, the presidential limousine, that was parked right across the red carpet for the drive to the ITC Maurya.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs visiting US President Barack Obama as first lady Michelle Obama looks on upon their arrival at Air Force station Palam, in New Delhi

Obama gets ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Obama was received by President Pranab Mukherjee in the forecourt of the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was given a ceremonial Guard of Honour and a 21-gun salute.
"It is a great honour and we are so grateful for your extraordinary hospitality," Obama said after the ceremony.
The US President was received at the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan by a cavalcade of the President's Bodyguards dressed in bright red with contrasting blue turbans.
Forming a ring around his Cadillac 'the Beast', the guards escorted him to the central area of the red-sand forecourt of the estate.
Upon his arrival at the forecourt, Obama was received by the President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

US President Barack Obama inspecting the guard of honour during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

Obama pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi
Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, paid homage to the 'apostle of peace' at Rajghat soon after his arrival on a three-day visit.
Obama placed a wreath at Gandhi's memorial and bowed before the Samadhi with folded hands.
The American President was presented a replica of Gandhi's famous 'charkha' by the officials of the memorial.
Obama also planted a sapling of Peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) at the Rajghat and wrote on the visitor's book.

US President Barack Obama paying tribute at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat in New Delhi

Obama-Modi hold talks on range of issues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama held talks on a range of crucial issues, including removing hurdles in operationalising the long-stalled civil nuclear agreement and enhancing ties in defence, trade and commerce and climate change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama wave before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi   

Modi, Obama take a stroll
Modi and Obama went for a stroll at the manicured lawns of the Hyderabad House, the venue for talks between the two leaders.
Modi and Obama went for the brief walk before settling in a special enclosure at the lawns where the two leaders held one-on-one talks over tea, reflecting increasing bonhomie between the two leaders.
The Prime Minister was seen pouring tea and giving it to Obama. They went for the walk after the luncheon meeting and talked for over 10 minutes in a serene atmosphere.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama sit and talk in the gardens between meetings at Hyderabad House in New Delhi 

Nuclear deal sealed
India and the US broke the 7-year-old logjam in operationalising their landmark civil nuclear deal besides deciding to jointly produce military hardware including advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama.
In what Obama called a "breakthrough", the two sides resolved key hurdles pertaining to the liability of suppliers of nuclear reactors in the event of an accident and the tracking of fuel supplied by the US.
"We have broken the logjam of the past few years. We have reached an agreement. The deal is done," Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh announced after extended discussions between Obama and Modi lasting more than three hours, marked by great bonhomie.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House in New Delhi

Modi gifts Obama copy of US telegram to Constituent Assembly
In a goodwill gesture, Prime Minister Modi gifted a piece of Indo-US history to President Barack Obama in the form of a copy of the first telegram from the United States to India's Constituent Assembly in 1946.
The telegram was sent by then Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Sachchidananda Sinha, the provisional Chairman of the Constituent Assembly.
Modi presented the copy after he recieved President Obama at the Hyderabad House and before proceeding to the high level delegation level talks on various issues.
The copy was the reproduction of the telegram which was read out at the inaugural sitting of the Constituent Assembly of India on December 9, 1946.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting to the US President Barack Obama a reproduction of telegram sent by USA to the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1946   

Obama-Modi chemistry on display
Chemistry between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very much evident with the Indian leader calling him by his first name more than once during their joint media interaction.
Obama displaying similar comradrie in turn addressed the Indian leader as 'Modi' and referred to their personal relationship which they had been able to build "in a very brief amount of time".
He told the media curious about the one-on-one talks they had in lawns of Hyderabad House, that the two leaders among other things compared how much sleep each of them gets.
"It turns out Modi is getting much less sleep than me. Of course, that is because he is still new. After he has been doing it for about six years, may be he will be able to get an extra hour," the US leader joked, triggering smiles all around.

US President Barack Obama hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi after giving their opening statements at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
Modi said he believed that relations between countries depend less on "full stops and commas on papers" and more on relations between leaders. "How much they know each other, how is their chemistry, these are very important."
"Barack and me have forged a friendship. There is openess with which we talk, we can talk comfortably over phone, joke with each other... This chemistry has not only brought me and Barack close or Washington and Delhi nearer but also the people of two countries. This personal chemistry matters a lot," he said.
Before making his opening statement, Obama greeted people in Hindi, "Mera pyar bhara namaskar (my greetings with love)". He also referred to their one-on-one talks over tea in Hyderabad House lawns as "chai pe charcha", remarking that there should be more of it in Washington.

India, US agree to set up hotline between top leaders
In a first, India and the US agreed to set up a hotline between their top leaders – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama.
"We will establish hotlines between myself and Barack and our National Security Advisors," Modi said in his opening statement during the two leaders' joint interaction with the media.
The Ministry of External Affairs later said this is the first time that India and the US will have a hotline at the level of top leadership.

India, US ask Pakistan to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice
Identifying terrorism as a major challenge, India and the US stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt terror entities including LeT, D Company and the Haqqani Network and asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack to justice.
After his talks with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a joint press conference said there should be no distinction between terrorist groups and pressed for countries to fulfil their commitment to wipe out terror safe havens and bring them to justice.
He said India and the US have agreed that there was a need for comprehensive global strategy and approach to combat terrorism.
"The leaders reaffirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt entities such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad, D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue as well as the next round of the US-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism in late 2015 to
develop actionable elements of bilateral engagement," a joint statement said after the talks.
Rashtrapati Bhavan looks spectacular with lights on: Obama
“It looks spectacular with lights on”, US President Barack Obama said about Rashtrapati Bhavan where he met his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.
Prompt came a reply from Mukherjee, while receiving the VVIP that "we have advanced illumination by a day for you only so that you could see it."

Mukherjee told Obama that illumination of the Rashtrapati Bhavan was done only on January 26 evening of Republic Day till the Beating Retreat on January 29. "We wanted you to see this," he said.
Gushtaba, Rogan Josh, Galauti kebabs for Obamas
Rich culinary traditions from Kashmir to West Bengal were spread out in the lavish banquet in honour visiting US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Famous signature meat preparations from the Valley, Kashmiri Gushtaba, tender meat balls made with a complex mix of spices, and aromatic Rogan Josh were specially prepared by Rashtrapati Bhavan chefs to tickle the palate of the visiting dignitaries.
Famous Galauti kebabs of Lucknow, roasted leg of lamb, fish curries in different Bengali preparations and chicken tikka from Punjab were laid out for Obama and his wife Michelle at the banquet in their honour hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee.
For vegetarians, the choice was limited with Kadhi Pakoda and dal, rice for them. Malpua from Bihar and north Indian delicacy Rabri was served as the dessert.

US President Barack Obama gestures as President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi look on during his ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

Obama says he wanted to wear Modi kurta
“I wanted to wear a 'Modi kurta'”, said US President Barack Obama as he raised a toast at the banquet hosted in his honour by President Pranab Mukherjee.
As he started his speech, Obama said, "We feel your friendship, 'dosti' and I am deeply honoured."
He recalled a headline back home which asked who is the new fashion icon other than Michelle Obama and said "I was thinking of wearing a Modi kurta myself."
He appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is tough and has a style.
"I most often said that my story could happen in America and of course Mr Prime Minister, your story can happen only in India," he said.

US President Barack Obama makes a toast during a State Dinner at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi

Obama first US President to be Chief Guest at R-Day
A spectacular and colourful panorama of floats, immaculate marching contingents and dancing children unfolded before US President Barack Obama, who became the first American President to grace the Republic Day celebrations.
Obama is also the first American President to visit India twice.
Barack and Michelle Obama were received at the VVIP dais of the ceremonial boulevard Rajpath by Vice President Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

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