UK to organise international yoga and cultural fest; Maharaj

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

The Uttarakhand Government will organise the international yoga and cultural festival in Rishikesh during the first week of March. Along with this event, the State will also commemorate The Beatles festival to commemorate 50 years of the once famous rock band visiting Rishikesh, informed the State Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj.

Addressing the media persons here at IIHM , Maharaj said that pilgrims and tourists had been visiting the state in considerable numbers with 22.55 lakh people undertaking the Char Dham Yatra last year. He further informed that the State Government will organise the international Yoga and cultural festival at Rishikesh from March 1 to 7 in which Yoga experts and spiritual personalities from across India and abroad will conduct sessions for participants. He said that members of The Beatles had also visited Rishikesh and practiced Yoga decades ago. To commemorate 50 years of The Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh, the Government will also organise a three-day Beatles festival during the same period. The Beatles festival will be held on three evenings in the same period as the Yoga festival though the schedule will be announced on February 16.

He said that considering the popularity of The Beatles even decades after their heydays, a large number of their fans from abroad are also expected to arrive in Rishikesh for The Beatles festival. These events will further boost the efforts of the State Government to encourage Yoga tourism and increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the State

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