Dalai Lama begins 20-day sojourn in Leh

ANI, Aug 3, 2007

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was given a rousing welcome here on his arrival for a 20-day sojourn.

Hundreds of people, including Buddhist monks, lined the streets through which the Dalai Lama made his way.

Dressed up in their traditional gear, carrying scarves and flowers, the welcoming crowd bowed as his motorcade wound through the by-lanes.

After his arrival on Wednesday, the Dalai Lama went straight to his summer palace Potang, where he addressed leaders of religious, political and social organisations.

He also inquired about the situation in Ladakh, which is predominantly a Buddhist region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetans, is revered as the reincarnation of a long line of Buddhist kings.

Thousands of Tibetans led by the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959, nine years after China's communist army entered Tibet and overthrew the Buddhist theocracy there.