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The Beatles Ashram

Rishikesh, India
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Rishikesh
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Rishikesh, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

In the mid-1960s, the Beatles became interested in Indian culture,[3] after using drugs in an effort to expand their consciousness[4] and in 1966 Harrison visited India for 6 weeks and took sitar lessons from Ravi Shankar.[5] Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a friend of the Beatles and head of Apple Electronics,[6] had heard a lecture by the Maharishi in Athens, Greece... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

How lucky were we to visit with our friend Sachin that was born there and spent the first 10 yrs of his life there.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was one of my highlights of my visit to Rishikesh! Being a Beatles fan and fascinated by abandoned sites, this was right up my alley. Tracking down this place wasn't too difficult. First, get on the right side of the river, being the side of Ram Jhula. Then once you walk past the Ashram and clock tower, keep walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This ashram is fantastic with all the single meditation caves build from stones and the main hall with the Beatles inscriptions. Loved the grounds, the temple, and the nature of the place. Highly recommend to get a guide so your can learn the 'story" of the Beatles making their music here, and the people who came to see it all... More 

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Dhenkanal, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This abandoned ashram is absolutely being taken back by the jungle. And this is what is so amazing about it. The remaining buildings are amazing, with very cool architecture and some cool and interesting art throughout. It's interesting to walk through and think about the history of the ashram itself, and I'm sure for Beatles fans, that part is especially... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Waste of a visit. The Beatles must had an awesome staying there the location is awesome. But the ashram no longer is in use. With zero maintenance the beautiful monument may collapse at any time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Incredible place to explore.the beatles must have had an awesome time in this special place.the domed chalets with a special meditation area is really unique.

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New York, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I was very excited to visit the Beatles Ashram but upon arrival we found it was overgrown and we had to jump a fence to enter. Some sketchy characters hanging around in this area. It's a real shame because comparatively to the other Ashrams in Rishikesh this is by far the most beautiful architecturally and for it's location, right on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had a wonderful time walking around the abandoned ashram while thinking that most of the White Album was written there. Worth a visit. A little creepy walking into the different rooms, but I kept telling myself it's a spiritual, not a spooky place. We had to pay 100 rps each, and we know we got totally ripped off since others... More 

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