In February 1968, the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh to study Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During their stay here they wrote many famous songs which featured in the White Album and Abbey Road.
Along with their wives, girlfriends, assistants and numerous reporters, the Beatles arrived in India in February 1968 and joined the group of 60 people who were training to be TM teachers, including musicians Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, and flautist Paul Horn. While there, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Harrison wrote many songs and Ringo Starr finished writing his first. Eighteen of those songs were recorded for The Beatles (“the White Album”), two songs appeared on the Abbey Road album, and others were used for various solo projects.
‘The Beatles’ ashram is reopened in Rishikesh
Earlier it used to receive pilgrims from all parts of the world. 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 got the world’s attention when the legendary English rock band The Beatles came to Rishikesh, India 1968. But with time everyone forgot the ashram and it turned into a ruin after it was abandoned in 1997.
Uttarakhand’s Forest Department has finally converted the ashram into an eco-friendly tourism destination. Entry fee for Indian nationals is Rs 150, and Rs 600 for foreigners.
In 2012 a bunch of travelling artists, including Canadian artist Pan Trinity Das, painted the walls with pop art and beautiful black-and-white portraits of The Beatles, alongside those of prominent spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama. The forest officials have decided not to tamper with this, except for repainting some of the walls which have been overrun with graffiti.
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