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The 13th Dalai Lama in Urga (Ulan Bator)

The 13th Dalai Lama in Urga (Ulan Bator):  The lineage of the Dalai Lama has been linked with Mongolia for over four hundred years and the name Dalai (Great Ocean)…

Alexandra David-Néel

The scholar and opera singer who sneaked into Tibet in the 1920s was also an anarchist, ran a casino and adopted a Buddhist monk. Alexandra David-Néel: The first European woman…

Robert W Ford: Aka “Phodo Kusho”

Robert W Ford: Aka “Phodo Kusho” by Tibetans, was the first foreigner employed by the Gaden Phodrang Tibetan government and a life-long supporter of Tibetan cause. Born on 27th march,…

Brooke Dolan and Maj. Ilia Tolstoy

Brooke Dolan and Maj. Ilia Tolstoy, traveled through India to Tibet in September 1942 to contact the DalaiLama, then just 7 years old. Brooke Dolan, 2nd from left, and Ilya…

The Dekyi Lingka (“Garden of Happiness”)

The Dekyi Lingka (“Garden of Happiness”) was the Embassy of India and also becam the home of the British Mission from 1936 until 1947. Located in eastern Lhasa, not far…