Mention Rishikesh and all you can think of is yoga and temples right? Well, not really as there is much more to Rishikesh and wait till you discover it. In 1968, the Fab Four- John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had put this sleepy Himalayan town in a tourist spotlight when they travelled to take part in Transcendental Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Although over 50 years, the influence of the famous rock band is still heavily prevalent and you can witness it in the mini Beatles trail (Yes! You heard it right) in Rishikesh.
Your journey in the Beatles trail is never completed until you visit Beatles Café in Rishikesh. Tucked away down a busy alleyway, when you duck into this café, you’ll be transported from the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets into a peaceful hideaway. From the huge wall panel done up with vinyl records, an LP player and books to pictures of the Fantastic Four hanging on every wall, the café itself is dedicated to The Beatles. It gives off a very chilled out and comfortable vibe. 60’s era anthems are being pulsed through the speakers and tables and chairs are aligned with colourful blankets and cushions. For the music enthusiasts, there is even a guitar thrown in there.
It’s not just the ambience in Beatles Café that’s enchanting, but the vegan, gluten-free cuisine is also delectable and the large variety on offer is sure to satisfy every palate. The menu, which reads like a book, also sticks to its theme and offers enticing preparations like ‘The Green Revolution’ and ‘John Lennon Roll’.
Witnessing the sunset at the backdrop of the beautiful Ganga in its roaring beauty, the views from the quaint café are stunning. As you wrap up your sojourn, you’ll be reminded of Lenon’s words ‘The more I see, the less I know for sure’, and you’ll realize nothing could be more apt.