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PM Modi to host Macron in Varanasi today, will take boat ride on Ganga

Modi will receive the French President, who will arrive by a special plane at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport here today morning, the official said.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 11, 2018 23:46 IST ]
Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi.
Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host French President Emmanuel Macron on March 12 in Varanasi, where the two leaders will participate in several programmes, including a boat ride on river Ganga. 

Modi will receive the French President, who will arrive by a special plane at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport here today morning, the official said.

From the airport, both the leaders will fly by a helicopter to Mirzapur, where they will jointly inaugurate the 75-megawatt solar plant and then will return back to Varanasi. 

The two leaders are scheduled to visit the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Trade facilitation Centre at Badalalpur here.

Both the leaders will then arrive at the famous Assi Ghat in Varanasi, where they will board a boat for a ride along the ghats of the Ganga. The boat ride will end at the historic Dashashwamedh Ghat. 

Modi will also host a lunch in the honour of the French President. 

Both the leaders will then head to the Taj Hotel , where Modi will host a dinner for the French president, an official said. 

Modi will leave the hotel for the DLW helipad and the French president will stay at the hotel for the next few hours after which he will fly back to Delhi by the his special plane. 

From DLW helipad, Modi will reach the Manduadih railway station by road, where he will flag off the Varanasi-Patna intercity train. 

The prime minister will also address a public meeting and then will fly back to Delhi from the Varanasi airport, an official said.

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