His last rites were performed by his foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya
Vajpayee had a surprise special request - "to organise the best of South Indian cuisine dishes for the evening"
Vajpayee, who passed away at AIIMS on August 16 evening, will be given a state funeral around 4 p.m. at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna
"He liked spicy food. Since we were a vegetarian, he used to have phuchkas with us"
The state's BJP government has also announced a public holiday on August 17 in all government offices and schools
He was deeply respectful of others and gifted with a rare sense of humour that he often turned upon himself
Advani said he was at loss for words to express his deep grief and sadness
"He was an admirer of my father and his works and there were many an occasion when I would be present at their meetings"
In his efforts to bring peace between the two countries, Vajpayee had travelled to Lahore in the inaugural Delhi-Lahore bus service on February 19, 1999 to attend the Lahore Summit
The death came after a long spell of illness for the BJP leader