Dharamsala, Nov. 13 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, received a grand welcome from his followers here on Sunday on his return after a 15-day long tour of Japan and Mongolia.
The Dalai Lama, who had left from Dharamsala on October 28, during his annual visit to Japan delivered religious teachings at various schools and universities and held public talks at several Buddhist centres.
"Today, His Holiness (Dalai Lama) is coming back after his visit to Japan and Mongolia, which was a grand visit. That's why; Tibetans living in Dharamsala are receiving His Holiness with a very grand welcome. We believe his holiness's visit is very special. This time, we have so many Tibetans who are coming from Tibet (as well)," said Sonam Dorjee, Welfare Officer of Tibetans-in-exile in Dharamsala.
Tibetan monks and Tibetans-in-exile were seen standing outside Kangra Airport to receive the Dalai Lama.
Tibetan artists wore traditional costumes and performed their traditional dance.
The Dalai Lama and his followers had fled to India in 1959, nine years after China occupied Tibet.
China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since Communist troops marched in 1950. It says its rule has bought much needed development to a poor and backward region. Despite all opposition by activists, Beijing considers Tibet as an integral part of its territory.
However, human rights groups accuse China of failing to respect Tibet's unique religion and culture and suppressing its people.
Many Tibetans demand complete independence from China, even though in recent years, the Dalai Lama has advocated for 'limited autonomy'. (ANI)