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PHOTOS: In Kaziranga, Wills-Kate enjoy Bihu on the eve of Assamese New Year

Last updated on: April 13, 2016 02:40 IST

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, reached Assam on Tuesday, after attending a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his wife received the royal couple as they arrive at Tezpur Airport on a two-day visit to Assam. Photograph: PTI Photo

The royals enjoyed an evening around campfire at Assam’s Kaziranga national park on Tuesday as local artistes performed folk dance to mark the end of harvest season.

IMAGE: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton interacts with the girls of Jhoomar dance cultural troop at Diphlu River Lodge in Kaziranga National Park of Assam on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo

The royal couple received a warm welcome at the national park, which is home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos, as young men and women danced to foot-tapping music.

The local artistes performed Assam’s traditional dance forms of Bihu and Jhumur, holding each other's waist and moving hands and legs forward and backward synchronously. Photograph: PTI Photo

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge interacted with the artistes after their soulful performance by the campfire. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters 

Prince William was also seen trying his hand at a bamboo-made musical instrument called Gogona. Photograph: PTI Photo

The royal couple’s visit comes a day ahead of Bihu, which marks the beginning of Assamese New Year and signifies the time of harvest. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters  

They will enjoy safari inside the Park on Wednesday and visit a centre for Wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.

Source: ANI