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Obama arrives in own vehicle for R-Day parade

In a departure from tradition, the chief guest at the Republic Day parade, US President Barack Obama, arrived in his own highly-secured bomb-proof vehicle —The Beast — at Rajpath on Monday. The Republic Day chief guest normally travels with the President of India in his car from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2015 11:51 IST

In a departure from tradition, the chief guest at the Republic Day parade, US President Barack Obama, arrived in his own highly-secured bomb-proof vehicle —The Beast — at Rajpath on Monday. The Republic Day chief guest normally travels with the President of India in his car from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Obama, along with his wife Michelle, was received by vice-president Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar. President Pranab Mukherjee arrived soon after. Since 2012, the President of India has been travelling in a heavily-armoured black Mercedes Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard. The armour is designed to protect against military rifle shots, bomb shrapnels and other explosives.

The Beast, based on a Cadillac DTS, is the first presidential limousine not to have a specific model name.Obama is the first US President to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade.