The leaders and participants of the Padyatra being felicitated by the Tibetan community in Samyeling Tibetan settlement, Majnukatilla, New Delhi. Photo: CTA

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Dharamshala — The Tibetan community in Delhi welcomed the leaders and participants of the padyatra, a journey by foot from Chuthangmo to Tezpur to mark the 60th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India, at a welcome program in the morning of March 29 at Samyeling Tibetan settlement, Majnukatilla in New Delhi.

Representatives of the Tibetan community in Delhi welcomed the Padyatris at Delhi Domestic Airport and hosted a dinner reception at Majnukatilla on March 28, 2018.

At the felicitation ceremony on March 29,  Karten Tsering, Camp leader, welcomed the padyatris and other guests, and gave a brief introduction. Shri R. K. Khrimey, National Convenor of Core Group for Tibetan Cause, briefed the gathering about the inception, implementation and the successful conclusion of the Padyatra.

Former Kalon Dhongchung Ngodup, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi while giving thank you note to the padyatris extended his gratitude to the people of Monyul for their initiative and successful conclusion of 11-day padyatra.

Other guest speakers who addressed audience of about one hundred were Guru Tulku Rinpoche, former abbot of Tawang monastery, Gangkar Tulku Rinpoche, current Abbot of Tawang monastery, Mrs. Rinchen Dolma, mother of present Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu and Mr. Lhundup Choesang, Chairman of Tawang Core Committee members.

A total of 41 people from Tawang and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh participated in the padyatra. They left for Dharamsala today to attend the Thank You India 2018 event to be held on March 31, 2018.

On the night of March 17, 1959, Tibet’s 23 year old spiritual and political head disguised himself as a soldier and quietly slipped through the crowds, escaping the capital, Lhasa. Accompanying him were 20 officials and his family.

On March 31, 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama crossed into Tawang, Assam and entered Indian territory where he has resided in exile ever since.