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Dalai Lama arrives in Ladakh on nine-day visit

July 23, 2010

Sify News (India)
July 21, 2010

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has
reached Nubra Valley in Jammu and Kashmir's
Ladakh region on a nine-day visit to the area.

Hundreds of the Dalai Lama's well-wishers were
standing on the roadsides from Thoise Airport to
Samtanling Monastery, carrying traditional
ceremonial white scarves, garlands, and incense
in their hands, to welcome him and to receive his blessing.

He was received by a number of dignitaries at Thoise Airport.

"Right now the people of Nubra Valley are very
happy. People are excited and really enthusiastic
about his presence, and they are ready to devote
themselves to him. This is his fourth visit to
the valley," said Urgen Tsering, President, Ladakh Buddhist Association.

Buddhist monks welcomed the Dalai Lama with
religious fervour at the Samtanling Gonpa
monastery, playing religious musical instruments and drums.

"There is no measurement for the happiness that
we all are feeling. In morning, the weather was
not good and we got this information that there
would be some changes in the timings of his
flight. But it is our good luck that Dalai LamaJi
has come to our valley. He reached here
half-an-hour before and all the people of Nubra
Valley are overwhelmed with his presence, " said
Tsering Angchuk, Executive Councilor, Ladakh
Autonomous District Council, Leh (LAHDC). (ANI)
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