Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, is here on a whirlwind tour of India from February 17 to 23, taking him from the capital of Delhi to Ahmedabad, Agra, Mumbai and other cities before returning to the capital on the final day. Aimed at strengthening India-Canada ties in matters such as higher education, trade, counter-terrorism and even filmmaking, the tour also sees Trudeau exploring some of the most famed tourist spots of India along with his wife and three kinds. Here is a look at all the sights that Trudeau and his family will get to see over the course of their tour. ALSO READ: UK to Host Largest Display of da Vinci Artwork in 65 Years Also Read - Padma Shri Recipient Nirmal Singh Passes Away After Testing Positive For COVID-19
February 18 – Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal, Agra
Justin Trudeau began is tour the right way by heading to Agra from New Delhi, to visit the Taj Mahal. One of the original seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal figures in almost every dignitary’s itinerary of India. The white marble mausoleum and its history are legendary. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, it is the singular most recognizable labor of love in the world today. Also Read - Despite Wife's Recovery From COVID-19, Justin Trudeau Says Will Continue to Stay in Self-Isolation
February 19 – Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Gandhi Ashram, residence of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad
Trudeau will notably be the first Prime Minister of Canada to visit the state of Gujarat. Apart from his political and promotional engagements, he will also take the time to visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Located along the banks of the Sabarmati River, this was one of the many homes of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the key leaders of India’s long struggle for independence. It is from here that Gandhi went on his famed Dandi march. Also Read - Shah Jahan Urs Called Off This Year as Taj Mahal Closes Amid COVID-19 Scare
February 19 – Akshardham temple, Gandhinagar
General view of the Hindu Shri Swaminarayan Temple in the old city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat
On the same day, Trudeau is also scheduled to pay a visit to the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. Built over the course of 13 years, this temple is not a historical site but it is a stunning example of Vedic architecture blended with more modern elements. The temple lies at the center of a 23-acre complex, with 17 domes, 97 intricately carved pillars, 220 stone beams, 264 sculptures and 8 balconies. Within the sanctum is a gold-leafed, seven-foot tall idol of the godman Swaminarayan.
February 21 – Golden Temple, Amritsar
Golden temple in Amritsar
The next day, the Canadian PM will make a quick stop in Mumbai. Specifically, he will be hoping to talking about collaborations and opportunities in the film industry. And his next stop will be Amritsar, the spiritual center of Sikhism, where he will visit the Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of all gurudwaras. A house of worship open to all, the facade of the Golden Temple and the man-made pool around it is a stunning sight, and visiting it is a humbling experience. NOW READ: Photos of Buenos Aires, the City of Fair Winds that Promises an Urban Adventure
February 22 – Jama Masjid
Delhi – Jama Masjid
Justin Trudeau will be traveling back to New Delhi on the same day of his visit to the Golden Temple. The next day will mark the second last one in his India tour, and apart from delivering a lecture to business leaders he will also visit the grand Jama Masjid. Another beautiful structure built by Shah Jahan, the mosque was completed in 1656 AD and remains one of the largest in India. The Canadian PM will meet his Indian counterpart for discussions on February 23, before concluding his visit with a conference.