Kejriwal on 10-day meditation break near Dharamsala

  • Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 01:46 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is welcomed by AAP workers and supporters as he arrives in Dharamshala. (HT Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is on a 10-day break from work and will spend the time meditating in a village near Dharamsala.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader started an introductory course in Vipassana — an ancient Indian form of meditation — at the Himachal Vipassana Centre in Dharamkot on Tuesday.

He will not take up any official work during his time there and will not have access to mobile phones, pagers, television or newspapers, according to the rules of the centre.

Kejriwal will follow a strict regime. His day will begin at 4am and end at 9.30pm, said the centre’s in-charge Pawan Sharma.

He will eat simple meals and will not be allowed any food after mid-day. He will sleep on a concrete bed and will be given a blanket, bedsheet and a pillow.

He may have to wash his clothes if the need arises, Sharma said.

Participants aren’t allowed to interact with each other. They can only speak with their trainers at specific intervals.

The 47-year-old CM — who has been busy with AAP’s campaign in Punjab for next year’s assembly elections — had taken 10 days off in January, too, to treat his chronic cough and diabetes at a naturopathy clinic in Bengaluru. This was his second stint at the clinic where he had spent 12 days in March 2015.

Located at an altitude of 2,000 metres amid deodar (cedar) forests with the Dhauladhar range in the backdrop, Dharamkot is called the ‘Tel Aviv of the hills’ for being a favourite destination among Israeli tourists.

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