The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour of India

“Needn’t imagine anymore , Beatles Ashram now open”

Rishikesh: Love me do, they sang, but if reports coming out at that time, 1968, about the Fab Four were to be believed, there was very little brotherhood left in the band that the world would go on to recognize as one of the greatest ever. Those were tumultuous times for The Beatles. Yoko Ono has entered John Lennon’s life and Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison had begun protesting her interference in the group’s affairs. Arguments broke out regularly and Starr was thinking of leaving the band- which he did briefly in August that year.

They needed an atmosphere of quiet and calm and headed to Rishikesh to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram for a course on Transcendental Meditation. The four of them during that stay for about three months went on to write 40 songs, 18 of which were recorded and went into an album that later was called, “The White Album,” by The Beatles.

Thirty Five years after Lennon ‘s death, on the anniversary of his assassination by Mark David Chapman on December 8th, 1980, the Federal Government of Uttarakhand in India opened what the local’s called “The Beatles Ashram” to the public, pricing the tickets for Beatle Lovers to India at $10 USD. The ashram, which was run by Mahesh Yogi till 2003 and had been off limits for tourists since then, flung open its doors for fans and pilgrims (that’s what Beatles Fans are) after a nod from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) – an approval that was required as it is situated on the 18.75 acres of land in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

“We want musicians from all over the world to come here to learn meditation”, forest minister said , adding “Chaurasi Kutia Ashram will be known the world over for its spiritualism. The place is blessed with rich bio-diversity, sound proof huts with natural cooling”. “The ashram has been visited by Beatles’ Fans ever since the band came here way back in 1968. The Government will revive the Beatles Association with the Ashram and also restore their huts. The ruins will be maintained as heritage structure.” – The officer said.

"The White Album, panned by critics for being too apolitical at the time of great churning in America, is today recognized by many as a Masterpiece." - thetimesgroup.com. December 10th , 2015.

Network Tours (www.nettoursindia.com) has the immense pleasure in putting together a great spiritual tour for Beatles’ Fans from all over the world.

Highlights of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour of India (08 night/09 days) are:

Rishikesh/Haridwar: Drive to Haridwar/Rishikesh and spend 04 days, reliving the Beatles in India. We will make arrangements for visiting the Beatles Ashram, Yoga & Meditation , Jungle Safari, experiencing Aarti on the bank of River Ganges, walking in the spiritual town and evenings of Beatles Music. We will also include a full day at the beautiful Ganga Camp with River Rafting on the River Ganges.

Delhi: Arrive in Delhi on Saturday night and we will showcase the Delhi monuments – Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, Red Fort, India Gate, Akshardham Temple, Qutub Minar with evenings of Beatles Music.

Jaipur: Drive to Jaipur and have an elephant ride to visit Amer Fort. We will showcase Citi Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Birla Temple and vibrant bazaar full of exotic cotton wear and silver jewelry at great prices.

Agra: Drive to Agra and visit the Agra Fort and the monument of love – Taj Mahal.

Tour Price per person on twin sharing – US $1490.
Pay Extra USD 425 to stay in a Single room.

Tour Price will include 08 night accommodation in carefully selected 3* hotels on twin sharing, breakfast/dinner, 02 bottles of mineral water every day, transportation by AC car/coach inclusive of all taxes/parking & toll fee, services of our escort & English speaking guide, entrance to monuments, Jungle Safari and River Rafting in Rishikesh, 04 beautiful evenings of Beatles Music in India, all applicable taxes.

Our services will not include airfares to/from India, lunch and expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls, internet, Medical insurance.

Scheduled Tour Dates : February 17-25, 2017 with Tour Leader/Musician Emilla Parr.

We welcome passionate lovers of The Beatles to put together a group and become the Tour Leader for future Beatles Tours.

5 Days Pre-Tour in India : February 13-17,2017. Join Tour leader Emilla Parr on a 5 day pre-tour Himalayan trip featuring visits to: Neem Karoli Baba’s Ashram, where Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg spent time before starting their global enterprises of Apple and Facebook; the cave of Mahavatar Babaji, associated with the spiritual lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda; and many other high energy places featured in his bestselling book, “ Autobiography of a Yogi.” The 5 days Pre-tour is priced at US$ 595 per person on twin sharing and includes accommodation nice 3* best available hotels at Ranikhet and Rudraprayag, breakfast and dinner, services of our trained and friendly tour escort, 01 train ride, 02 bottles of mineral water and all applicable taxes. The only extra expense you will have will be towards lunch, personal expenses like tips, small donations to Ashrams/Temples. Stay in a Single room in @ US $ 195 extra.

Initial deposit USD 500. Detailed itinerary on request. Write to us at sandhyapande@nettoursindia.com

 

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