Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on a goodwill visit to Tibet. He descends from a plane as it lands at the 'Roof of the World'. He is received by military officers. A traditional welcome by the 'lamas' and people of Tibet, including then 14 year old Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. They garland the Prime Minister. Nehru, officers and other dignitaries climb uphill on horses. A crowd gathered to greet the PM. Monks praying. Traditional puppets on display. Pandit Nehru presents a memento to the Dalai Lama. He addresses the gathering including children. He boards his plane and it takes off.
Progressive aggression leading to the take over of Tibet and fleeing of the Dlai Lama. Men raise the People's Republic of China flag on a mountain as armies of Communist China conquer Tibet. 1950: The Dalai Lama and Panchem Lama are brought to Peking in China. They are received by Chinese officials, presented with bouquets. A function at their arrival. 1955: African and Asian delegates at the Bandung Conference in Indonesia. China agrees to the 5 principles of peaceful co-existence. Delegates including Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. 1956: The Dalai Lama and Panchem Lama are permitted to visit India to celebrate the 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. They are greeted by Pandit Nehru, Premier U Nu of Burma and other Indian officials an arrival. The Lamas with Indian officials seated for a meal on the ground in a hall. The Lamas are welcomed in a ceremony and Dalai Lama addresses the gathering. Tibet: China begins to impose Communist system on Tibetan borders. Construction work and forced labor. March 1959: Communist bombardment over Lhasa. The Potala monastery. Tibetans take up alms. Handcuffs and confinements. Demonstrations and protests outside the Chinese Embassy in Delhi. Former Prime Minister Of Tibet, Lukhangwa and other monks pay their respects at Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi (mausoleum) in New Delhi. Indian government officials and members of the international press reach Tezpur in Assam. They welcome the Dalai Lama. Photographers take pictures. The Dalai Lama addresses a gathering. Statues of Lord Buddha all over India and Asia. Tibetan monks pray. People sing Indian devotional song.
Clouds loom over the Himalayas in Tibet. A Tibetan farmer and his wife work in a field. Goats near the house. A man distributes a traditional drink. Women play with a toddler. Shepherds with cattle. Farmers work in a field. Men lead horses with material for trade. The Potala Palace monastery in the capital of Lhasa. Traditional Tibetan architecture, intricate carvings and holy lamps in the monastery. The Dalai Lama, ruler of Tibet walks with monks in the monastery. He takes a seat as people pay their respect. Monks play traditional instruments. Traditional Tibetan music and dance performances under a tent. A crowd seated around the tent to watch. People in different parts of Asia follow the teachings of Dalai Lama. Devotees and monks walk down the steps of a temple. Monks at a ceremony. Lord Buddha statues in various temples across Asia.
India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru treks North to visit Tibet. He also visits neighboring "Hermit Kingdom" of Bhutan. Prime Minister Nehru is accompanied by Indira Gandhi in his trip. They travel in jeep on the street in Tibet. Other people also accompany them. They again travel on mule on the lofty Himalayan ridges. Tibetan people gather to greet them. They again travel on yaks. Mountaineer warriors hail Nehru's arrival with clashing tambourines.
Mongolians worship huge silken Buddha in Kumbum, Tibet. A vast hillside in Kumbum, Tibet. The lower half of the hill filled with Mongolians. The upper slope covered with an enormous tapestry which has a large image of Buddha. View of the tapestry. People around the tapestry. The Mongolians spread over the hilly area. The tapestry of Buddha being rolled back up hill by a long line of people. The people gather to watch. A few people move carrying the rolled tapestry of Buddha along the base of the hill.
During U.S. diplomatic and military mission to Tibet led by Major Ilia Tolstoy and Captain Brooke Dolan. Men drive yaks in the mountains of Tibet. Members of U.S. diplomatic and military mission move up a mountain pass. Flag at a pass. Mission members ride horses and move ahead. Mountains across Brahmputra River. Travelers welcomed by Tibetan natives. Travelers ferry across the river in barge and small boat. Natives make tea at ferry crossing. A monk presents greeting cards, letter from foreign office, and a scarf to U.S. mission members. Travelers escorted by guide proceed toward Lhasa. Two American officers, Captain Brooke Dolan and Major Illia Tolstoy welcome by British officials and Tibetan natives. They are presented with gifts from the Dalai Lama and then review troops of Tropji Regiment.