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Buddhism – founded by the Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama – can be traced back to India in the late sixth century BC. Fast-forward to the mid-20th century, when Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama fled his Chinese-occupied homeland along with several thousand followers and settled in India, further strengthening this movement in this South Asian country. Scattered across India, the historical and spiritual monasteries are a reflection of this presence; here are some of the most awe-inspiring.
Additional reporting by Josephine Platt.