King Mahendra of Nepal accompanied by Queen Rajyalakshmi arrived at the Palam airport on a 13 day goodwill visit.
Roll No. 1. Outer piece.
LS MS Several shots of the president's mounted body guards escorting the party in open procession to Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's house, where he is staying).
MS Radhakrishnan and King Mahendra in the open car.
MS Nehru and Queen Ratna in the open car.
LS Back shots of the procession.
Roll No. 1. inner piece
MS Two shots of the plane carrying King taxing at Palam airport.
MS President Radhakrishnan and Vice President Zakir Hussain walking up to receive the royal visitors.
MS Nehru walking up to receive the royal visitors.
MS King and Queen of Nepal getting down the plane and being received by President Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain and Nehru (At this point there was a stampede amongst cameramen, and shots were jumbled up with still camera in front of the lens occasionally).
MS CU Several shots of King and Queen of Nepal with Radhakrishnan, Nehru.
MS The guard of honour sloping arms for guard of honour.
LS MS The King inspecting the guard of honour.
MS The keeping being greeted by diplomats.
MS Nepalese nationals and Indians giving bouques to King and Queen and garlanding them.
MS Radhakrishnan welcoming the King and addressing the gathering while King Mahendra listens.
MS The King of Nepal replying to welcome adress of Radhakrishnan.
MS CU The King and Radhakrishnan getting into the open car.
MS Queen Ratna and Nehru getting into the open car.
MS The cavalcade driving away.
CU Indian and Napelese flags fluttering at the airport.
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Background: King Mahendra of Nepal accompanied by Queen Rajyalakshmi arrived at the Palam airport on a 13 day goodwill visit.Also accompanying him were the Chairman of the Nepal Council of Ministers Dr.Tulsi Gir??? and his wife.
This "purely private visit" has attained conspicuous importance as Mahendra's itenary takes him to Nehru for four days talks, talks with defence minister and defence personnel.
According to King Mahendra, Nepal is strictly maintaining its neutral foreign policy.This is evident from their silence over Chinese aggression and then Nepal's signing of the nuclear Test Ban Treaty amongst raised eyebrows of the Chinese friends.Of late the Chinese trade relations with Nepal have multipuled.Chinese goods are freely available in Nepal.Of the three single engined planes promised by China to Nepal, two have already arrived.On the other hand while the Chinese are to start Lhasha Kathmandu road, the Indo Nepal "Tribhavan Road" of 75 miles is complete.The Indian showpiece KM.The Trisuli Hydro Electric Project as well under way and on schedule.India has promised more development aid to Nepal.Well, Nepal's neutrality is really working.What new trend it takes after four days stay in Delhi, is anybody's guess.
From Delhi, the King and Queen of Nepal proceed to Kashmir KA on pilgrimage to the cave of Lord Siva.The last part of 25 miles will be covered on ponies or dandies.From Amarnath, the Ladakh scene of fighting is 3 miles as the crow flies.
On arrival at the airport the King, Queen and entourage were receive by President Radha Krishnan, Vice President Zakir Hussain, Prime Minister Nehru, the three services chiefs, cabinet ministers and diplomats.Nepalese residents in Delhi were present in full strength.The King also inspected a guard of honour provided by the three wings of the defence forces.