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Blair, EU leaders to be feted at Humayun's Tomb

The gala reception on Wednesday evening will be attended by senior cabinet ministers, diplomats and leading personalities.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 21:24 IST

Moving away from the stiff settings of luxury hotels, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a reception for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other European leaders in the hauntingly beautiful environs of Humayun's Tomb.

The gala reception on Wednesday evening will be attended by senior cabinet ministers, officials, diplomats and leading personalities.

Named after the second Mughal emperor who ruled India in the 16th century, Humayun's Tomb is a must-see on the itinerary of foreign visitors to the capital and epitomizes the grandeur of Mughal architecture and landscaping.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during her brief March visit, found time to visit Humayun's Tomb and was enthralled by its splendour.

This time round, Blair's India visit on September 7-8 takes this innovative diplomacy one step forward with the two leaders set to take India-British ties to new heights at the picturesque Wildflower Hall in Shimla - as perfect an epitome of the Raj as one can get.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 21:24 IST