History of the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh

Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh is also known as Chaurasi Kutia & Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram.  It is located in Rajaji National Tiger Reserve Park, on the high bank of the Ganges,  just 1 km far from the famous Ram Jhula bridge.   As you know that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Beatles founded Ashram to teach transcendental meditation. So,  people around the world come here to know the history of the Beatles Ashram Rishikesh.

Beatles Ashram Timings

Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh Opening Hours: The Beatles Ashram remains open for visitors from 10 AM to 05 PM, throughout the week. Even though it opens on Sunday but the last entry hour is 04 PM.  After 04 PM visitors are not allowed in the Ashram.

Beatles Ashram Rishikesh Entry Fee

Beatles Ashram Rishikesh- Ticket Price at Beatles Ashram:  ₹ 150 for the Indian National,  ₹ 75 for Indian senior citizens,  ₹ 40 for students (up to 18 years),  ₹  75 for students (over 18 years), and  ₹ 600 for the Foreign Nationals.

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The Meditation in Ved Bhavan Beatles Ashram Rishikesh
The Meditation in Ved Bhavan Beatles Ashram Rishikesh

Beatles Ashram Album

The Beatles in India – The world-renowned Beatles rock band in 1960 came here and learned Transcendental meditation. In fact, the year 1968 in which they learned meditation turn out to be a very productive year for the Rock band. 

The White Album

Beatles came to India for a spiritual quest through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s technic of meditation and they proved that one of the most creative periods of their life at Beatles Ashram Rishikesh –Beatles  Indian Songs- they wrote 48 songs, with most of the songs ending up on the White Album.

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The Beatles in Rishikesh
The Beatles in Rishikesh

How to reach the Beatles Ashram?

By Air – Beatles Ashram is about  25 km far from the  Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun.

 By Road- one can walk from Ram Jhula which is a 1 km walkable distance and 2 km from the Lakshman Jhula. Either can take local transport via Garud Chatti.

History of the Beatles Ashram – Rishikesh

The original name of this ashram before the Beatles brand visiting here is Chaurasi Kutia Ashram. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the guru who started this ashram to teach transcendental meditation. Beatles Maharishi  were very close to each other during their stay in Rishikesh

In the year 1967 Maharishi gave a seminar on transcendental meditation which the Beatles brand attended in wales. Later in 1968, they visited this ashrama along with other international celebrities songwriters, and singers of the 1970s.

Beatles Ashram Story

Beatles were facing stress due to international media attention. When they met the Maharishi  Mahesh Yogi Beatles met in the seminar they personally want to learn the advanced meditation from the Maharishi directly.

Their journey to Rishikesh, India, changed their vision to see life and the advice from Maharishi filled them with positive thoughts. Later they became the disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Murals on the wall of the Beatles Ashram
Murals on the wall of the Beatles Ashram

Places to visit nearby

Lakshman Jhula

A famous bridge in Rishikesh is located on the cosmic river Ganga. This connects two districts- Pauri and Tehri as well. This bridge got the name Lakshman because once Lord Rama’s brother Lakshman cross this bridge using a rope. Besides this from the bridge, one can see the panoramic view of the majestic river Ganga.

Triveni Ghat

The biggest and holy ghat in Rishikesh holds spiritual importance in Hinduism. Every year millions of pilgrims visit this place to dip in the sacred river waters of Ganga. Ganga Aarti is conducted here every evening. The spectacular view of Ganga Aarti and the reflection of the lights in the river water make one perplexed.

Triveni Ghat,Rishikesh - Ganga Aarti
Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh – Ganga Aarti
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Ram Jhula

Another popular bridge connects the Shivananda ashram and the Swargashram. This iron bridge gives a panoramic view of the River Ganga. One can reach this place through local transport. The distance between the Ram Jhula and the railways is 3km.

Bungee Jumping

If you are an adventure freak then you must try Bungee jumping at Rishikesh. It is the highest Bungee jumping site in India. This Bungee jumping was running by a well-experienced team of people from Newzealand.

Here they also have other adventurous activities like Giant swings and Asia’s highest fox flying. Anyone who is above 12 years of age and 35 kgs of weight can try this sport.

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Conclusion

When you visit Rishikesh make sure you visit Beatles Ashram. This was once an international celebrity hub. Now it lost its glory but is frequently visited by the Beatles fans around the world.

 

 

 

 

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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