Although the winter chill has well and truly set-in, thousands of locals and Tibetans braved the weather to welcome Dalai Lima in Tawang. Dalai Lama along with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Kandu arrived in a helicopter from Guwahati. Amidst wild cheers, he then drove 10 kms to the 400-year-old Tawang monastery, making stoppages at old market, Manjusree Vidyapeeth and new market.
Dalai Lama last visited this area of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2003. This time around, Dalai Lama inaugurated a museum named ‘Gadenmamgyallhatsa’ inside the Tawang monastery. The museum contains historic Buddhist scriptures. Then Dalai Lama was taken in a procession from the entrance to duakkan that was attended by 700 Buddhist monks, and where the spiritual leader offered his prayers.
The 74 year old leader rued the fact that China still opposed his visit to India. On Chinese opposition to his visit, the 74-year-old Dalai Lama said, “That is quiet usual. Wherever I go they protest. It is totally baseless. The Chinese Communists turn quite sad usually on my every movement. Of course my visit here is non-political.”