Will be Back to See the Taj Mahal: Michelle Obama

Will be Back to See the Taj Mahal: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama greets Indian officials upon arrival in New Delhi. (Agence France-Presse)

New Delhi: President Barack Obama and Michelle may not have been able to see the Taj Mahal this time but the US First Lady on Tuesday said she will be back in India for a visit to the monument of love.

When asked whether she was disappointed at not being able to see the Taj, Michelle said "I am and I will be back."

Obama and Michelle were scheduled to visit Agra on Tuesday but the trip was cut short as the US President decided to go to Saudi Arabia to pay condolence to the Royal family following death of King Abdullah.

A number of world leaders and their spouses had visited Agra to see the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO world heritage site.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni had visited Taj Mahal in December 2010. Sarkozy, who had visited the Taj alone in 2008 could not bring Carla, then his girlfriend, due to protocol reasons.

In 2000, then US President Bill Clinton had visited Taj with daughter Chelsea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and wife Lyudmila had also paid a trip to the mausoleum in October 2000. Then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and wife Sehba visited it in 2001.