The charm of Rishikesh: Beatles Ashram

The Beatles stayed in Rishikesh in the late 1960s
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi

Just south of Swarg Ashram is what’s left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, where the Beatles stayed in 1968 and apparently wrote much of the White Album.  A few year back, the Forest Department reclaimed it from the jungle growth that had nearly consumed it, turning it into a pilgrimage site for Beatles fans, as well as an evolving graffiti-art museum.

Here is a photo story portraying the meditation hall, with bizarre warrens of rock-lined hallways, plus striking new paintings.

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Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi
The ashram is painted with murals all around
The ashram is painted with murals all around
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi
These murals can be seen on both ends inside the lecture hall
These murals can be seen on both ends inside the lecture hall
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi
These cottages provide accommodation for students
These cottages provide accommodation for students
Image courtesy: ©Zenmay Negi