This was His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama’s personal daily transportation for 10 years between 1966 and 1976 in Dharamsala, India.
Although the Dalai Lama never personally drove the car, he did spend a lot of time in the passenger seat. By the time the Land Rover Series IIA was restored in 2006/2006 it had covered almost 70,000 miles. Many of these miles occurred in India, Nepal, and throughout the Himalayas where the vehicle’s low range 4×4 capabilities doubtless came in useful.
Many of the rural roads in these regions are unpaved and beset by significant potholes, things were even more dire back in the 1960s and ’70s so a fully-fledged off-road vehicle was the only realistic option for any amount of travel.
The Dalai Lama
Lhamo Thondup was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939 just as World War 2 descended across the world, in the