Dalai Lama's March visit to Sikkim cancelled

Gangtok, 01 Feb:

The Dalai Lama's visit to Sikkim has been cancelled on account of ill health according to a letter from the Office of the Dalai Lama to the Ecclesiastical Affairs Department dated 01 Feb. He was scheduled to visit Sikkim from 20-29 March to give religious sermon at Tathagata Tsal in Ravangla, South Sikkim and interact with the public as well.

The letter states that the Dalai Lama returned to Dharamsala on Wednesday after an extended two-month visit within India taking him to 8 different towns and cities.

"In circumspect, the visit was much too long for His Holiness and he has been showing signs of exhaustion," the letter mentions.

Further stating that a thorough medical check-up in Delhi two days ago has shown that his overall health is excellent, his physicians have recommended that he cut down on his travels and not exert himself, the letter reads.

"Unfortunately, we have therefore decided to cancel the visit to Sikkim. We understand all the concerted efforts you and your colleagues have been making to ensure a successful visit and would wholeheartedly like to apologize for the inconveniences caused by this decision," it states.

The letter also conveys the Dalai Lama's apologies to the Chief Minister.