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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram or Beatles ashram visit

3rd December 2017

A must do for anyone traveling to Rishikesh is a visit to the famous Beatles Ashram.

After being attracted to the meditation and teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London, the fab four were invited for an 8 week pilgrimage during 1968, to immerse themselves in learning transcendental meditation and to become his disciples. The ashram closed it’s doors in 1997 and it was soon forgotten. Left to nature and the surrounding forest up until a couple of years ago, the Uttarakhand Forestry department opened it’s gates to tourism. It is hoped that monies raised from the entrance fee go toward restoring this beautiful and important site back to its former glory.

Wandering round the former ashram I felt like I was in a forgotten world. Beehive shaped meditation caves made from river rocks that have been taken over by the undergrowth, the sounds of the birds in the trees and the river Ganga flowing below, it felt almost magical. Amongst the ruins I stumbled upon stunning pieces of graffiti artwork, painted by a variety of invited street artists over the years. Many of the paintings were done in honour of the fab four and their time in Rishikesh.

Yes, it would be an amazing place to restore, but I kinda love it the way it is!

Here are some pics from my trek through the ruins…
Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Graffiti art, Beatles ashram

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Meditation caves, Beatles ashram

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Nature taking over the meditation caves, Beatles ashram

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Graffiti, Beatles cave

Beatles cave, Rishikesh

Graffiti, Beatles cave

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Graffiti, Beatles ashram

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Graffiti, Beatles ashram

Beatles ashram, Rishikesh

Graffiti, Beatles ashram

Jules

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2 Comments

  • Reply Fred 6th February 2018 at 10:08 am

    Some funky graffiti 🙂 pics look awesome!!! xxxx

    • Reply Jules 7th February 2018 at 4:19 am

      Thanks Fred, glad you like the pics. The ashram was such a beautiful place to wander and the artwork really added to the magical feeling. x

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