The Dalai Lama Reaches Tawang Monastery in Arunachal

The Dalai Lama was received warmly and with piety by scores of devotees.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived at the Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, the high point of a visit that has angered China.

This will be the Dalai Lama’s first visit to Arunachal after eight years. His first visit to the state was in 1983, and the last trip was in 2009.

Buddhist monks at the monastery, the biggest in India, and second only to the world's largest – the Potala Palace in Tibet, and scores of devotees received him warmly.

The Nobel peace laureate will be staying at the monastery.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu accompanied the Tibetan leader, who has lived in self-imposed exile in India since he fled Tibet in 1959.

China has strongly opposed the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing considers a part of Tibet.

(With inputs from IANS)