Beatles Ashram Rishikesh: Secret of Meditation

The Beatles Ashram  Rishikesh is famous as Chaurasi Kuti, meaning “84 meditation huts.” In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi leased the land from the forest department and used money donated by an American heiress to build an ashram. It is situated on a cliff overlooking the Ganges River in the Swargashram area of Rishikesh, away from other ashrams.

The property spans 14 acres and consists of various buildings, including a former temple, residential structures, bungalows, a kitchen, a library, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s home, and the iconic 84 beehive-shaped meditation huts. The unique architecture and the state of decay create an atmospheric setting ideal for exploring.

History of the Ashram

After Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s departure in 1981. The Beatles Ashram was neglected for many years as the lease expired. The surrounding jungle started to reclaim the area and was completely abandoned. I didn’t stay long because I felt uneasy about potential encounters with wild animals due to movement in the trees and bushes. The Rajaji National Park, houses tigers, leopards, wild elephants, monkeys, cobras, and more. It is located just outside the boundary walls.

Fortunately, in early December 2015, the Beatles Ashram reopened as a tourist attraction, providing a safe place for visitors. Currently, it is managed by the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, and I highly recommend visiting it while in Rishikesh.

Ved Bhavan

The Beatles Connection

In early 1968, when The Beatles were incredibly famous and known by everyone, they made a journey to India, near the Himalayas, in search of something that their fame and wealth couldn’t provide: inner peace. They spent eight weeks in an ashram, a quiet place for spiritual learning, to study meditation. During their time there, they wanted privacy. So no journalists or visitors were permitted to enter.

Entry Time & Fee

As you arrive at the Beatles Ashram  Rishikesh, you’ll find the ticket booth just inside. The admission prices are 600 rupees for foreigners and 150 rupees for Indian nationals. The ashram is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, allowing you enough time to explore and fully experience the grounds. It’s recommended to allocate an hour or two for your visit, ensuring you have ample time to take in everything and enjoy a leisurely walk around the area.

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Yoga Hall at Beatles Ashram Rishikesh
Yoga Hall at Beatles Ashram Rishikesh

The Secret Of Beatles

The Beatles departed from the ashram amid accusations against the Maharishi regarding his behavior with women. Years later, John Lennon apologized for his previous statements, and to everyone’s surprise, the Maharishi forgave him instantly. It is possible that some of the people associated with The Beatles, who were often in their company, may have faced issues related to drugs. As a result, the Beatles might have spread the accusations against the Maharishi as a means to divert attention from those problems.

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The Meditation in Ved Bhavan Beatles Ashram Rishikesh

The Meditation in Ved Bhavan Beatles Ashram Rishikesh

Beatles Arrival

The Beatles visited the ashram in Rishikesh, India, in February 1968, and it caused a tremendous stir in the media. They were at the pinnacle of their fame and popularity, and it was unprecedented for pop stars to take a break from their careers for several months and embark on a spiritual journey in India.

During that period, practices like yoga and meditation were unfamiliar in the Western world, and India was not a popular travel destination (except for the well-known Hippie Trail). The Beatles’ decision to explore these uncharted territories had a significant impact and made headlines around the globe.

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Rootop View
Rooftop View

Exploring the Ashram:

  • Artistic Graffiti: As you wander through the ashram’s premises, you’ll find the remains of vibrant graffiti and murals that have been left behind by visitors. These artistic expressions add a unique touch to the serene surroundings.
  • Meditation Domes: The ashram features meditation domes where you can sit, meditate, and soak in the peaceful atmosphere that once inspired the Beatles. The quietude of these domes provides an ideal setting for self-reflection and mindfulness.
  • Nature Walks: The sprawling ashram grounds are dotted with lush greenery, providing an excellent opportunity for nature enthusiasts to take leisurely walks, birdwatch, and enjoy the natural beauty.

Things to do inside:

  • Explore Meditation Huts: Check out the small houses where The Beatles and others meditated.
  • Graffiti and Murals: See cool paintings on the walls that show art and messages.
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Cave: Visit the cave where the ashram’s founder meditated and talked about spiritual stuff.
  • Yoga and Meditation: Join in yoga and meditation sessions to feel peaceful.
  • Silence and Reflection: Take quiet moments in the calm area, as The Beatles did.
  • Shiva Temple: Go to the small temple and pray.
  • Photography: Take pictures of the ashram’s cool buildings, art, and pretty nature.
  • Birdwatching: Ashram is part of Rajaji National Park. So you get many birds.
  • Creative Fun: Do writing, drawing, or taking pictures because the place is artistic.

Practical Tips:

  1. Entry Fee: There is a nominal entry fee to access the Beatles Ashram. Check the latest pricing before your visit.
  2. Timing: The ashram is generally open during daytime hours, but it’s recommended to confirm the timings in advance to plan your visit accordingly.
  3. Footwear: Please remove your shoes before entering meditation areas and respect the ashram’s rules and regulations.
  4. Photography: Capture the memories, but be mindful of the historical significance and avoid causing any disturbance to fellow visitors.

Getting There

To reach the Beatles Ashram from Ram Jhula, follow a pleasant walk or hire a rickshaw for a short ride. The ashram is easily accessible, and signs along the way will guide you to this hidden gem.


For fans of the Beatles and those intrigued by spirituality and meditation. The Beatles Ashram Rishikesh is an essential place to visit. Don’t miss out on its unique and compelling experience, characterized by a captivating blend of the Beatles’ connection.  its inherent historical and scenic charm.

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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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