DAY 1: POTALA PALACE (Tibet): Potala Palace is a miracle of architecture, for no other building in the world is higher in the air --it is over 12,000 feet up!
Sadly, there is another side to this remarkable place: Built to house the Tibetan king, and later on the home of the Dalai Lama, the Potala is now controlled by the Chinese. the nation of Tibet is no more. The Chinese invaded Tibet, forcing the Dalai Lama into exile. Exile is when someone, usually a leader, has to leave his/her country or be imprisoned or killed. The movement for independence and a return to their homeland of Tibet is still present, but China's One China policy makes that almost imossible. Today the red flag at the top of Potala is a symbol of China's determination not to allow the return of the Dalai Lama. The loss of culture and identity in this place may never be recovered. This week we look at places in India where many of the people of Tibet found refuge --India.