Rock History

A Business Proposition for Beatles Fans

In early February 1968, the Beatles and various members of their entourage packed up their guitars, love beads and a suitcase full of baked beans for Ringo and famously headed off to the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India in a attempt at finding solace and escape from a Beatle-mad world. Although Ringo lasted a mere two weeks, over all the visit seemed to do the band some good with a lot of meditation, relaxation and some good-old fashioned writing and guitar pickin’ taking place, much to the delight of the Beatles themselves. The whole trip is covered wonderfully in the book Beatles in Rishikesh (Penguin Studio Books) by Paul Saltzman. Amazingly, this famous Beatles landmark is abandoned and has fallen into disrepair. Think of the possibilities that this could present to the aspiring Beatle-crazed Richard Branson wanna-bes out there. The ashram could be transformed into a Beatle-themed eco-tourism hot spot! Honestly. While I am no business genius, the possibilities seem to be endless. Let’s get a consortium together and investigate the possibilities. I’ll even chip in 50 bucks to get started. Let’s get to it before Donald Trump does. It is to dream…
UPDATE! Apparently I am not the only one who thinks this is a good idea judging from the hits on this story so let’s kick things up a notch. If you want to help look into the feasibility of this whole madcap proposal, e-mail me at and hopefully we can get something going as to if it would be in fact possible or whether this could result in Fawlty Towers with a Beatles twist! Who knows what will happen but it could be fun just giving this idea a whirl. Onwards…