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Visit to Jaipur by Modi-Macron: roadshow, UPI payment, and masala tea

During their roadshow in Jaipur, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important stops at the famous Hawa Mahal, a handicraft store, and a teashop that serves masala chai. The day also included supper at Rambagh Palace and bilateral discussions. Beginning at Jantar Mantar, the leaders drove through Jaipur’s downtown in an open-top car. They engaged with the crowd and expressed admiration for the five-story structure, Hawa Mahal, which has a thousand windows. Sanganeri Gate marked the end of the roadshow, which continued to Rambagh Palace for more engagements.

Exchange of symbolic gifts
Macron received a miniature model of the Ram temple in Ayodhya from PM Modi after the latter’s participation in the dedication event. The item was bought using UPI for 500 rupees, demonstrating the use of digital payment methods. In addition, masala tea was sold for Rs 2 at a pop-up tea shop called “Sahu chaiwala,” with digital payments accepted.

Prior Jaipur itinerary Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar welcomed Macron at the airport. The French group was given a red carpet greeting and had the opportunity to engage with local kids while touring Amber Palace.

Getting ready and extending greetings
Ahead of the leaders’ arrival, Jaipur was decked up with cutouts and hoardings. Before the roadshow started, PM Modi, who had traveled from Bulandshahr, greeted Macron warmly and went on a tour of Jantar Mantar.

Importance of the trip
This was PM Modi’s first trip to Jaipur after the swearing-in of Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma following the BJP’s recent victory in the assembly elections. The leaders participated in conversations, exchanges of moments that represented Indo-French ties, and cultural discovery.

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