German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attends Ganga Arti in Varanasi

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness Ganga Aarti on Thursday. The President was accompanied by a delegation of media, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and indologists. The German President's wife Elke Budenbender visited Taj Mahal earlier in the day. The visit is seen as an effort to strengthen strategic relationship between the two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Germany in May last year.