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Great food, greater security ready to welcome Clinton in Capital

Delhi is all set to welcome US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she arrives in the Capital on Sunday.

delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2009 23:47 IST
Jatin Anand

Delhi is all set to welcome US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she arrives in the Capital on Sunday.

The US Secretary of State, who is on a two-day visit to the city, will stay at Taj Palace Hotel on Sardar Patel Marg.

The hotel, not surprisingly, has been turned into a virtual fortress with snipers and commandos storming the hotel to secure it for the former first lady of the US.

The entire area has been cordoned off by security agencies that are working in close coordination with Delhi Police to secure the route of the US diplomat.

An American security unit has reached the city to take stock of the security situation. The floor where Clinton would be staying has, in security jargon, ‘been sanitised’.

Sources said the former first lady would be hosted at the Rs 3.5-lakh-a-night Grand Presidential Suite of the hotel.

The 3000 sq feet luxurious suite, often reserved for heads of states staying at the hotel, has ten rooms, including a living room, a large bedroom, separate dining area with kitchenette, a private study and a terrace garden.

Besides, Clinton can also enjoy a personalised butler service and a full-fledged spa and gym, which are also a part of the suite.

Sources said although Clinton will be staying at Taj Palace Hotel, she was likely to visit the famous Indian restaurant Bukhara at the adjoining ITC Maurya for dinner as that happens to be her favourite restaurant from her last visit to Delhi with the then US President Bill Clinton.

Bukhara, ranked among the world’s finest restaurants, shot into international prominence when Bill Clinton said in his interviews that it was his “favourite Indian restaurant”.

To commemorate his visit, two special platters — the Presidential Platter costing Rs 4,700 and comprising non-vegetarian dishes that Clinton ordered and the Chelsea Platter costing Rs 4,200 and comprising vegetarian dishes that their daughter Chelsea preferred — were added to the Bukhara menu and continue to be served till today.