Vancouver, Canada, August 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Free-spirited travelers can ‘relive’ part of the 1960s and discover wondrous India as The Beatles did on their life-changing 1968 visit there, on “The Beatles In India Tour.” The 18-day tour will be led by Emmy-award winning film producer and director, Paul Saltzman, who stayed with and exclusively photographed The Beatles during their visit to India. “The Beatles wrote 48 songs in 7 weeks on that trip – the single most creative period in their illustrious career,” said Saltzman.
Organized by Bestway Tours & Safaris, the fully escorted tour will visit Rishikesh and other spiritual and special Indian sites where The Beatles came together, and will meet Indian musicians who know and performed with members of the group. It includes three days in Rishikesh, a holy city on the Ganges River which is a gateway to the Himalayas where The Beatles spent considerable time, and a visit to the former ashram where The Beatles meditated. Travelers will meet Indian classical musician, composer and Grammy Award winner Ravi Shankar, who taught George Harrison of The Beatles to play the sitar, and visit Ajit Singh, a famous Vichitra Veena player who also performed with Harrison. There will be visits to the historic “Pink City” of Jaipur, Udaipur, the holy city of Haridwar, Mumbai, the capital city New Delhi, and Agra to see the magnificent “Taj Mahal.” Optional yoga sessions, whitewater rafting, and spa treatment can add to the aura.
Departure Date & Costs
On Feb. 11, 2010, the tour will start in the southern city of Trivandrum and end in New Delhi on Feb. 28. There is an optional four-day, medium-grade Himalayas trek to conclude the trip. North American travelers can fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and many other gateways, with estimated US/Canada-India roundtrip airfare of US$1600.
The tour costs US$7890 (per person based on double occupancy, excluding airfare to/from India), and includes inter-India airfare, five-star hotel accommodations, and breakfast and dinner on 17 days. An optional four-day trek costs US$595, and the single supplement is US$2950.
Learn more at Bestway Tours’ website at www.bestway.com or call toll-free from the US and Canada, 800-663-0844. Outside the US and Canada, call 604-264-7378.
First-Ever “Beatles Tour” to India
“Bestway is delighted to offer the first-ever Beatles tour of India, which will provide enlightenment and inspiration to many travelers,” said Mahmood Poonja, chief explorer of Bestway Tours. “We are so fortunate that Paul Saltzman, who photographed and met the Beatles in India, and is himself a Beatles expert and renowned filmmaker and director, will lead the tour with his unique experiences, perceptions and joy of India, for all to explore the wonders of India.”
“Through our travels across incredible India, we will use The Beatles’ music, words and photographs to evoke the magic of both the country and the iconic group,” added Saltzman.
Saltzman, who has published two books on The Beatles, and whose pictures of them have been shown in art galleries worldwide and are now part of Paul McCartney’s current tour, has visited India more than 50 times. The Toronto area resident most recently directed the Sundance-premiered 2008 documentary film, Prom Night In Mississippi, featuring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
About Bestway Tours
Established in 1978, Bestway Tours and Safaris is recognized worldwide for offering small-group cultural tours of uncommon destinations, highlighting culture, history and scenery, and providing extraordinary contact with local people. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Bestway Tours is located at 8678 Greenall Avenue, Suite 206, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5J 3M6, Canada.
Tour Details: See tour details at: http://www.bestway.com/itineraries/beatles_india.php