Srinagar: The US Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster, on Wednesday, made his first official visit to the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ambassador visited the Hemis Monastery, which is one of the most prominent monastery and Druk Padma Karpo School. The monastery has commanded high respect by Buddhists of the Drukpa sect.
“During his visit to Ladakh, he met His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche Jigme Mipham, the spiritual representative to His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa,” an official stated.
“The Ambassador received a warm traditional welcome in both Hemis and Drukpa Padma Karpo School [also known as the ‘Rancho School’ – where the film 3 Idiots was shot],” the official added.
The children and monks of the school also reportedly put together a cultural show showing the Ladakhi customs and practices to the Ambassador. A Kung-Fu demonstration was also carried out which aimed at demonstrating the children’s skills.
“During their meeting, Mr Ambassador and His Eminence discussed synergistic goals of the US and India that align with universal sustainability, climate change, women, and youth empowerment,” the official said.
Kenneth Juster was also briefed about the ongoing developmental initiatives being carried out the Drukpas in Ladakh.
“His Eminence shared with the Ambassador the historical significance of the Hemis Monastery and origins of the Drukpa lineage. As a goodwill gesture, the Ambassador presented His Eminence an ‘Ambassador Coin’ as a memento,” the official added.
The Monastery is known for hosting a number of guests. This is the Ambassador’s first visit to the region.