THE BEATLES ASHRAM
Set in the Rajaji Tiger reserve at the foothills of the Himalayas, in Rishikesh~the valley of saints~ sits the abandoned 'Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram'.
It was coined 'The Beatles Ashram' after the Beatles visited in 1968 to attend a transcendental meditation training session with the Maharishi. Where they just happened to write the majority of the songs for 'The White Album' : )
The Beatles played a huge part in the reason Indian culture is so popular in the west today and their visit certainly made Rishikesh a destination for international spiritual seekers and yogis.
The ashram has been abandoned since the Maharishi's death in 2008. Now peeps can come and get lost in this magical place. It's definitely a place to come and meditate and be inspired by the amazing art and grafitti.
It was quite eerie walking around in some of the abandoned rooms, but ultimately I found the place extremely peaceful (peace + love man). I kept imagining what it must have been like back in its hey day. I would have loved to have stayed there when it was in full bloom. #utopia.
Entry fee for the day is 600IR (And totally worth it)
Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304, India
T: +91 98228 11212