Dalai Lama to visit Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will visit the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh next week.

He will be in Jammu on July 14, and Ladakh on the following day.

This will be the first visit by the Buddhist leader in over two years from his abode in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.

The visit takes place even as the Buddhist leader’s birthday on Wednesday witnessed a major celebration in Dharamshala and Delhi and greetings by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The  PM Modi tweeted: “Conveyed 87th birthday greetings to His Holiness the @DalaiLama over phone earlier today. We pray for his long life and good health.”

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur was the chief guest at the celebration organized in Dharamshala, which hosts the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile.