As my Uttarakhand trip was coming to an end. I decided to visit one final place of visit. This was a place which I longed to visit for quite some time now so i had kept it for last. It was the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh. Beatles, one of my favourite Rock bands from England, visited India for a spiritual tour in 1968 for meditation.
It was only after the visit of Beatles to Rishikesh that it became a world famous site for meditation and peace. The Rock band members had come to India to learn the art of transcendental meditation from their master Maharishi Mahesh yogi.
It was in this ashram where Mahesh Yogi conducted sessions for the Beatles members. Many Beatles historians believe that their time at Rishikesh was the most productive and golden period. When the entire world was gripped by Beatlesmania the band visited India to learn spirituality. George Harrison one of the band members also conducted a music concert for the people of Rishikesh that time.
It is said that constant media attention in Britain and America caused Beatles a lot of stress and anxiety, it also affected their personal relations and they were not able to concentrate on music. It was this time hen maharishi Mahesh yogi helped the Beatles’ members to concentrate on life and maintain good positive thoughts about everything. After the visit of Beatles in India, the city of Rishikesh sort of became a spiritual haven for all the International seekers and there was a large influx of tourists to the place.
The visit of Beatles to India completely changed the attitude of westerners towards Indian spirituality and meditation. Yoga and meditation combined with the counter culture movements of the 60s and 70s became a new trend and a fad for the western hipsters. This made Rishikesh the Yoga and Meditation capital of the world.
It was an amazing trip to the Beatles Ashram and with it my trip to Uttarakhand came to an end. I had visited some of the most beautiful temples and natural wonders of the place and with me I was taking the amazing memories of this part of the country which I will always cherish in my life.