This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Journey to India, 1968

The Beatles visited Rishikesh in India in 1968 to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The Maharishi's compound was across from Rishikesh, located in the holy "Valley of the Saints" in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the home to many ashrams. The Beatles arrived there in February 1968, along with wives, girlfriends, assistants and numerous reporters, joining about 60 other TM students.
The Starrs left on 1 March, after only a short stay; Paul McCartney and Jane Asher left mid-March due to other commitments; while The Lennons and The Harrisons plus Jenny left abruptly in April 12th following financial disagreements and rumours of inappropriate behaviour by the Maharishi, accusations which were made public.

The following pictures are from February 19, 1968 of Maureen Starkey, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Jane at Heathrow Airport en route to India. Jane's parents accompanied them to the airport to see them off.




On February 20, 1968 Jane and Paul, and Ringo and Maureen, were welcomed to India with flower leis after passing through Customs. They still faced a long taxi ride to the ashram, and upon their arrival they paused for the press photographers at the end of the suspension brige over the River Ganges. 

Photos 1, 69 to 72, 77, 79 - Alamy
Photo 2,  - Found on-line, if they're yours, comment below and I'll give you full credit!
Photo 3 - PA/Press Association Images/paimages.co.uk
Photos 4 & 78 - ebay auction listing.
Photos 5 to 68, 88 to 100 - MY SCREENCAPS from 'The Beatles Story. The Lifetime Biography' (2001) documentary. The watermarks are necessary because of screen copying for web use without permission or credits
Photo 73 - Mirrorpix via Lady Jane group at yahoo.
Photos 74 & 76 - The Beatles Photo Vault tumblr (they deleted the post).
Photo 75 - McCartney Madness tumblr blog.
Photo 80 - From the net. If it's yours, please, comment below and I'll give you full credit.
Photos 81 & 82, 84, 93, 94 & 95 - Lady Jane group at yahoo.
Photo 83 - The Gilly tumblr blog.
Photo 85 - From the much missed 'Cup Full of Asher' website.
Photos 86 & 101 - REX FEATURES.
Photos 87, 100, 103 & 104 - From the French magazine, Mademoiselle Age Tendre via Lady Jane group at yahoo.
Photo 102 - Corbis.

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