The three times former prime minister has died aged 93.
PTI Chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Thursday expressed condolences over the demise of the leader, saying his efforts for India-Pakistan peace will always be remembered.
India and the United States would go on to sign a landmark civil nuclear deal in 2008 under the watch of a different Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, in an initiative that President Bush had pushed relentlessly, according to several former USA officials. The body would then be taken to the BJP headquarters at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at around 9 am, he told reporters. The final journey to the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal would begin around 1 pm.
He surprised many today by joining the procession from the BJP office to the Smriti Sthal, which is located close to the memorials of former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Advani and his daughter Pratibha pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
BJP president Amit Shah said people can pay homage to the departed leader at his residence from 7.30 am to 8.30 am on Friday. He again served as India's prime minister from 1999 to 2004.
His death was announced by a New Delhi hospital, where he had been treated for a kidney infection for the past nine weeks, and by the current prime minister, Narendra Modi, who called him "a great son of mother India" and a "leader with no enemies".More news: Zidane put on standby as Manchester United's next manager
"It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century", Modi said in a tweet.
Reacting to the sad development which has shocked the country, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Ex-aide to former PM, said he worked with Kulkarni for 6 years, he treated everyone with respect, he further said that Vajpayee had asserted that the Kashmir dispute cannot be solved constitutionally, and only by the boundaries of humanity.
Vajpayee's public response to the riots reflected his many contradictions. "He championed tirelessly for his country's development and demonstrated a devotion to improving the lives of every Indian", Pompeo said. Schools were closed Friday in the Indian capital.
The body of the BJP veteran has been kept at his official residence - 6A Krishna Menon Marg. Commuters have been advised to use Aurobindo Marg, Safdarjung Road, Mother Teresa Crescent, Park Street, Mandir Marg to travel between north and south Delhi.
The government announced the national flag will be flown at half staff in mourning for seven days at government offices and Indian embassies overseas.
In the days after the riots, Vajpayee said he could not understand how Hindus could burn women and children alive, sadly asking a group of Muslim survivors: "Have we lost our way so much that we cease to be humans?"
Sharif had believed relations with India were improving.