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Bhutan royalty learning Hindi

Bhutan King Wangchuck's sister is in Bodh Gaya, Bihar to take Hindi lessons.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 15:25 IST

Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuck's sister is in Bodh Gaya in Bihar and taking lessons in Hindi in order to communicate with people at the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment.

Ashi Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck, the monarch's second sister, said she was learning Hindi to mingle with the locals because she was eager to understand their feelings and sentiments.

"Hindi is the only medium to understand the people, so I am trying to learn the language fast," Ashi Dechen, a Buddhist herself, told IANS over telephone from Bodh Gaya.

"It is important to know the views of people who belong to the place where the Buddha got knowledge," she said, speaking in English. Ashi Dechen is also vice chairperson of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association.

She has picked up a smattering of Hindi on what is her fifth visit to India and to Bodh Gaya.

After visiting the Buddhist circuit in Bihar and in Uttar Pradesh, Ashi Dechen, accompanied by some members of the Bhutanese royal family, will visit Jammu and Kashmir and Kanyakumari.

Another member of the Bhutanese royalty, Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, is on a separate India visit accompanied by Princess Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck. They will be visiting Jaipur, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Kerala and Kolkata.


First Published: Feb 10, 2006 15:24 IST