Dalai Lama arrives in Dharamsala

September 9th, 2008 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Sep 9 (IANS) The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, Tuesday reached his residence in this Himachal Pradesh hill town from Delhi, where he spent a few days after undergoing a series of medical tests at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, his aide said.”He (the Dalai Lama) reached his official palace Tuesday evening after spending 11 days in Delhi and Mumbai,” Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, told IANS.

“The spiritual guru is in excellent health… no need to worry…will be back to routine affairs in a few days,” Samphel said.

He said the Nobel Peace laureate had no plans to visit the US, where his eldest brother Taktser Rinpoche died Sep 5 but clarified that the decision had nothing to do with his leader’s ill health.

Meanwhile, thousands of Tibetans and their supporters gathered here since morning to welcome the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama, 73, reached Mumbai Aug 28 and was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after he complained of “abdominal discomfort”. He left the hospital Sep 1.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. His government-in-exile, which is not recognised by any country, is based here.

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