One man’s story: crossing the Himalayas

A beautiful, touching and often untold story of one man’s journey as a refugee from his home country of Tibet into India written by Melanie Groves.

The Press Collective

In northern India, nestled in the Himalayas, the town Upper Dharamasala provides a safe haven for a bustling Tibetan community. In 2012, a short stay introduced me to this beautiful area. Even in April, snow-capped mountains created a picturesque backdrop. Tibetan prayer flags fluttered over the paths and in the alpine forests. Small bald monks in maroon robes strolled the streets, plucking at prayer beads. Upper Dharamasala (also known as Mcleod Ganj) looks more like a little Tibet rather than India and for good reason: it’s home not only to families of Tibetan refugee’s but also to the exiled Dalai Lama. Here they live across the mountains from their home, but they are safe.

In 1950, China invaded Tibet. The occupation has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans, the imprisonment and torture of thousands more and the displacement of tens of thousands. An uprising against Chinese…

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