Bhutan royal couple arrives in India

New Delhi: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck arrived here today on a nine-day state visit, their first foreign trip after their marriage. The couple was received at the Indira Gandhi airport here. During his visit, the king will hold bilateral talks with the country`s leadership.

He will meet President Pratibha Patil, who will host a banquet in his honour. Apart from call-ons by Vice President Hamid Ansari and other Indian dignitaries, Wangchuck will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

This is the first visit abroad of the king after the Royal Wedding on October 13 and the fourth trip to India since his coronation in November 2008.

The couple will also go to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur during their stay.

The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level visits and exchanges between India and Bhutan.