It was such a wonderful experience, though tourists were not allowed inside the monastery, there was quiet a good crowd on the streets to receive him. He was offered a red carpet welcome with traditional music. We found a good vantage point on the second floor of a nearby cafe and had great views.
|Monastery He Was Visiting|
Though his health was not too great and with the constant travel taking a toll on him, he still had the most charming smile and was eager to interact and was humble to all. Truly, he deserves the respect that is being offered and is definitely one of the humblest souls.
The love, respect and trust that the people of Ladakh have for The 14th Dalai Lama was evident not just in Leh but even in Thiksey where for his birthday, we saw a large number of crowd gather and pay their respects and wishes to him. We were under the impression that there was a festival going on but later got to know the real reason behind the massive crowd. In true sense, for the people of Ladakh, the 14th Dalai Lama's birthday is no less than a festival.