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Hu visits 'Wonder of the World' Taj Mahal

The Chinese President had a tryst with India's grandeur at the sight of the mesmerising 'Taj Mahal'.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 17:53 IST

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who visited the Taj Mahal along with his wife Liu Yongqing on nesday afternoon, found the 17th century monument to love "marvellous and a wonder of the world".

Hu, the first Chinese president to visit India in a decade, arrived here from New Delhi around 11.30 a.m. and drove to the Taj Mahal after lunch.

He spent an hour, taking a guided tour of the white marble monument built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz.

"Marvellous, a wonder of the world," Hu noted in the VIP visitor's book.

After completing his Taj visit at 4 p.m., the president left for Mumbai.

Just before he reached the Taj Mahal, a small group of Tibetans outside the hotel shouted slogans demanding independence for their homeland. They were taken into custody.

First Published: Nov 22, 2006 17:53 IST