The Dalai Lama, who was accompanied by state tourism minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, was received by senior officials of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh at the airport.
Religious heads of the region, MLCs and other dignitaries were also present at the airport.
From the airport, the Dalai Lama directly headed to Choglamsar, 10 km from Leh, where he is likely to stay for four to five days.
According to officials, a gathering of over 35,000 people flocked to the airport to catch a glimpse of the Dalai Lama.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today opposed the proposed setting up of a police commissionerate in Siliguri sub-division of Darjeeling district.