Because my search for treasures is eternal!
Today, I am going to tell about my visit to the Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh. Does it ring a bell? The Beatles? Rishikesh?
Let’s dig into some history for those who don’t know about this band. The Beatles are one of the popular English band group which was active during 1960-70. Their solid music has etched the heart of many and their beats can derive many people crazy even in the contemporary world. I am FAN!
The foremost and influential band was formed in Liverpool with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as its member. The band was popular among both national and international public but became honored in India after their visit to Rishikesh to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Spread across acres, the ashram has a lot of stash in it. It has an eclectic architecture and a newly opened museum with pictures of the members of the Beatles group. From graffiti of the Beatles to the kitchen where the food was cooked for them to the hut where they meditated, the ashram will tell you about their whole stay in Rishikesh and what all they discovered. A place worth the visit which is just a short walk away from the town.
They had visited the ashram along with their wives, girlfriends, assistants, and numerous reporters. They joined a group of 60 people who were training to be TM teachers, including musicians Donovan, Mike Love, Paul Horn, and actress Mia Farrow.
The Beatles had written many popular songs during their stay in the ashram. Eighteen of those songs were recorded for the Beatles (the white album) and two songs appeared on the Abbey Road album while rest were used for various solo projects. Their visit is also called as one of the most productive periods for the band’s songwriting.
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is located in a beautiful spot within the Rajaji National Park with the river Ganga flowing quietly behind it. It has small huts (Kutiyas) which beautify the place as well as make people curious about what are they for.
As sometimes we face bad time and need to invigorate ourselves, the ashram also lost its charm and turned into a ruin after it was abandoned in 1997.
After being ignored for many years, Uttarakhand’s Forest Department has finally converted the ashram into an eco-friendly tourism destination. Nature walks, bird watching, and a visit to the ashram are offered with an entry fee of Rs 150 for Indian nationals and Rs 600 for foreigners. Currently, the location is a prime spot for international tourists.
One can happily spend a day exploring the insight of the Beatles. Also, sitting under a tree and attaining peace is one of the great things which will make you feel good there just like it did to me.
Apart from the Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh also has the 60’s Cafe Delmar/ Beatles Cafe which offers you delicious food with the view of river Ganga which is flowing peacefully near it. I love their desserts and noodles.
Take a look at the pics!
Entrance to the Beatles Ashram
The kitchen where the food for the Beatles was being prepared
A Picture from the recently inaugurated museum of the Beatles
The place where the Beatles formed their song Let It Be. It is the twelfth and final studio album. It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up
The place where the Beatles lived
The spot where they meditated
New graffiti in making at the Ashram
Some of the huts which can be seen all over in the ashram
A visit to the Beatles cafe
Dessert time at the Beatles cafe
Sayonara until next!