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Dalai Lama starts week-long Kashmir visit

india Updated: Jul 12, 2012 14:51 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on a week-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah received him at the Srinagar airport.

"His highness the Dalai Lama arrived here on a week-long visit today after a gap of 25 years. He is likely to visit some Tibetan refugee settlements in Srinagar city and a Buddhist holy site near Harwan on the outskirts of the city," a senior government official said.

He will also visit the Hazratbal shrine, said the official.

During the ancient Buddhist period, the fourth Buddhist conference was held in Kashmir and resulted in a split of the followers into two sects. It is believed the meeting was held in Harwan.