India has long been regarded as a land of mystical exoticism, where the answers to life’s big questions can be found in back alleys and byways (and where bhaang is basically legal). That’s why, like these fine gentlemen, many famous people have traveled there over the years in the hopes of attaining some form of enlightenment.
1. The Beatles
In the 1960s, the Beatles‘ Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison traveled to Rishikesh to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They had a falling out with him, and they left after a few weeks.
2. Steve Jobs
Every entrepreneur’s lexicon includes the founder of Apple’s adventures in India. As most people will tell you, he went to India in 1974 to meet Guru Neem Karoli Baba, whom he wanted to study under and attain spiritual enlightenment.
3. Emilia Clarke
Queen Daenerys Targaryen also paid a visit to India, traveling to Rishikesh with Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie for a spiritual retreat. She also paid a visit to Jaipur, as do most foreign visitors.
4. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has a real-life connection to India, and it isn’t just because of the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Following the completion of that film, she converted to Hinduism and began taking her entire family to India to visit temples and ‘chant, dance, and pray.’
5. The Beach Boys
This legendary band had strong karmic ties to India. They also went to Rishikesh on the advice of The Beatles to practice Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
6. Russell Brand
Despite being of a different generation from when Transcendental Meditation was most popular, the flamboyant actor and comedian is yet another student of the practice. He even married Katy Perry in India, and he has written about how meditation changed his life.
7. Mick Jagger
Following The Beatles‘ visit to Rishikesh, every other 1960s rockstar followed suit. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones was also a Transcendental Meditation practitioner, and he still travels to India every now and then.
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Shanti-Ashtangi is a song by the Queen of Pop, and it should tell you everything you need to know about her love for India and yoga in particular. She is also known for her transcendental meditation practice and frequent visits to the country.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
R. Sharath Jois, who teaches in Mysore and is known to be a guru to a number of celebrities, taught the American actress you.
Sting, the well-known mononymous musician, is a yoga practitioner, and his former band The Police performed in India in 1980. He’s famous for his love of India, meditation, and even a pilgrimage to India in the 1990s.
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