In February 1968, the Beatles was move to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in an progressive Transcendental Meditation training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The visit pursue the group’s denunciation of drugs in favour of Transcendental Meditation, and earned widespread media attention. The band’s concern in the Maharishi’s teachings changed Western approaches about Indian spirituality and determined the study of Transcendental Meditation. The visit was also the most beneficial period for the band’s songwriting.
Beatles Ashram is Located in the “Valley of the Saints” in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a place of holy significance and known as the “yoga capital of the world”. The Maharishi’s International Academy of Meditation, also called the Chaurasi Kutia ashram, compound ringed by jungle, set across the Ganges from the town, and 150 feet above the river. The facility was designed to suit Western habits; Starr later compared the ashram to “a kind of spiritual Butlins”. The bungalows allocate to the Beatles were furnished with electric heaters, toilets, English-style furniture, running water.
- Famous for: History, Nature, Photography, Architecture.
- Visiting time: Between sunrise and sunset daily
- Visit duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour at the most.
- Entrance fee: Rs 150 for Indian Visitor and Rs 600 for Foreign Visitors.
History of Beatles Ashram
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took 14 acres of land from the forest department on lease for 20 years in 1961. The Ashram authority failed to renew the lease. In 2000, the supreme court expressed and order asking the forest department to get clear of all the illegal occupant from the reserve area accross the country. Maharishi staff evaculated the place by 2003 and the ashram was left to sigh in peace.
How To Reach Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh
Beatles Ashram is located in the swargashram area of Rishikesh. The Beatles ashram is 800 meters far from Parmarth Niketan Ashram and 1 kms far from Ram Jhula. The Ashram is around 05 kms far from Rishikesh Railway Station. And 3 kms far from Lakshman Jhula. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport which is 18 Kms far from the Ashram.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh is in March, April and May when the spring season is at its splendor.
Location Of Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh