As part of his second day engagement at the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Sikyong Penpa Tsering paid assessment visits to the Tibetan cluster communities, Tibetan monasteries, Chief Representative Office, offices of local bodies situated in Shimla.
Sikyong was accompanied by the Additional Secretary Tenzin Norbu and Joint Secretary Tashi Dickey, Chief Representative Officer Tsewang Phuntsok and staff of CRO, and representatives from local monasteries.
Sikyong started off the assessment tour with a visit to the Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla where he paid his respects to the local guardians. He was given a guided tour of the monastery by the Khensur Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche who informed him of the monastery’s background history and present status.
Following the Jonang Magon Tagten Phuntsok Choeling visit, Sikyong Penpa Tsering met and addressed elderly Tibetans at Namgyal Monastery Old Age Home.
Thereafter, Sikyong Penpa Tsering visited Sangye Choeling Tibetan community, Rangzen camp and listened to the issues faced by the residents, including land and housing facilities. Former Councillor Benmore Shri Anup Vaid, who had long supported the residents of Rangzen camp also joined the reception at the camp.
Sikyong also visited Dorje Drak Monastery and received an audience with Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Yangsi.
In the next two days, Sikyong Penpa Tsering is set to meet with the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Governor and Principal Secretary where he will raise the welfare issues faced by the Tibetans in Shimla.