The Beatles Ashram or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is one of the most visited places in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Located on the banks of river Ganges, the ashram falls within the range of the Rajaji National Park.
At one point in time, this ashram was a hotspot to learn yoga and meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. People from all over the world used to come here, which led to the conversion of this ashram into a tourist place. But the arrival of the famous English rock band, The Beatles, gave this ashram a new popularity. The band members met Maharishi Yogi in London and decided to come to his ashram for a three-month course of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to attain peace. The Beatles arrived at the ashram in February 1968.
Since then the ashram, as well as Rishikesh, became a place for foreigners who wanted to learn yoga and meditation. This event gave Indian spirituality a whole new identity internationally. It also established Rishikesh as the Yoga Capital of the World.
After Maharishi’s demise and Beatles’ exit, the ashram got deserted and remained neglected for a long time. On 8 December 2015, the Forest Department of Uttarakhand reopened the Beatles ashram and turned it into a tourist spot. While there are ample reasons why you should visit The Beatles Ashram, here are the top six reasons.
1. Soak in the vibe and energy of the place
It is at this place that the course of Indian Yoga and meditation change, and people started recognising the power of spirituality.
2. Perfect place for painting enthusiasts and graffiti lovers
The ashram some amazing wall paintings. While you will spot paintings of some great leaders, you can see some fun wall art as well. All the paintings are created by the various artists of the world under the community, The Beatles Cathedral Gallery. The walls of the ashram also house engaging graffiti work.
3. Photographer’s heaven
It goes without saying, a place that is visually appealing always attract the shutter bugs. You can simply place your camera anywhere as every frame is worth capturing.
4. Yoga and meditation
Needless to say, these two factors attract people from all spheres and age groups. This place is great for those who are looking for the “Peace” or wants to do “Meditation”.
Rs 150 for Indians and Rs 600 for foreigners. It is advisable to not venture around that area after sunset.
Directions to reach the Beatles ashram
From Ram Jhula walks towards the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. After approx. 2 km, you’ll reach the end of the road and see a big gate and that’s the entry of Beatles Ashram.
Text by Supriya Aggarwal
Images by Daizy Singhal