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  • Andrew D
    Singapore, Singapore398 contributions
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    Abandoned beauty
    This ashram is surprisingly large and deserves a few hours of exploration. It has been reclaimed by the forestry department and is now acting like a park. The abandoned buildings have a quaint charm to it, and they are enhanced with beautiful graffiti in parts.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Tally Teo
    Graz, Austria4 contributions
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    Beautiful and serene atmosphere
    Pretty place, I would expect them to maintain this a bit better given the entry fee charges. The natural trails are beautiful and you are pretty much on your own to explore the entire place and read up on stuff. But the caves and buildings are getting pretty old and definitely need to be maintained before we lose these marvelous structures
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Anonymous925
    147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way Different/Better than Expected
    So, if you're expecting a clean and organized Disneyland kind of experience, you'll be disappointed. I really enjoyed this place. It's like the people just walked away and left everything as it was, sort of a dilapidated hippie time capsule. There's a bunch of newer murals and graffiti, but getting to explore all those old buildings is something that would never happen in the litigious Western world. I could've spent a lot more time there. Great views from there as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Debashis T
    Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
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    Must visit place
    After immersing yourself in the serene experience of Gangaji aarti, the Beatles Ashram stands out as the second most visited place in Rishikesh. To reach this iconic spot, cross Janki Setu from the Muni ki Reti side, turning right and walking approximately 200-300 meters through a narrow lane. Upon turning left, you'll find the entrance to the Beatles Ashram. Notably, there are no prominent displays after crossing the Janki bridge, making it essential to follow the given directions. Managed by the forest department, the entry fee is Rs.60/- per person, and it's crucial to retain the ticket until leaving the ashram, as it will be checked during your return. Facilities near the ticket counter include drinking water and toilets. Inside the campus, a small canteen provides refreshments. The ashram covers a vast area, so be prepared for extensive walking to explore its various facets. Ensure you carry enough water for the journey. The Beatles Ashram, once the residence of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, offers a captivating journey through history. Amidst the serene surroundings, you can witness the remnants of the printing press, post office, student hostel, kitchen, mess, staff quarters, meditation cottages, and more. The ashram provides ample opportunities for photography, allowing visitors to capture the essence of this historic and tranquil retreat. Prepare to be enchanted by the spiritual ambiance and rich history as you explore the Beatles Ashram, a place that seamlessly blends nature, history, and the legacy of the renowned Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • fozjon
    Jaipur, India1,793 contributions
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    interesting to visit
    this was an interesting place to visit (expensive admission for foreigners...1200 rupees). We went with Rishikesh walking tours led by Arjun. He did a good job showing us around. We really enjoyed getting to know him. So glad to have visited this now mostly ruined site.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 26, 2024
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jhanjhi
Rishikesh, India6 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Couples
The place have a inspiring vibes to it and a beautiful lush forest . It's gives you a chill realising the Beatles were standing as the same place you are learning and creating . The place is under raja ji national reseve and you got to buy a ticket for entry , it has a small restaurant inside offering only noodles and nimbu pani yet they were tasty and fulfilling or just I was too hungry roaming around the whole ashram
Written October 6, 2021
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Sara P
Seattle, WA29 contributions
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Dec 2019
This ashram was 15 minute walk from the Ashram I was staying at and definitely worth the time to visit. If you like the Beatles, graffiti and desire a quiet break from the city this is your place. Many photo ops! It's too bad it wasn't preserved as an ashram. those hobbit huts would be fun to stay in and meditate on the roof. There were also plenty of places to do asana practice. We slipped one in on the roof of the old hotel.
Written April 7, 2020
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Shaan B
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Dec 2022 • Family
Firstly just some general tips:
To get to the Ashram, if you have your own vehicle or a 4 wheeler you can go directly from the Bairaj Dam, otherwise an alternative is to take any means of transport till Janki Bridge, cross it and go to the right after getting off. You can even ask the locals to direct you to “Chaurasi Kothiya” which means 84 cottages in Hindi. It’s only open from 10 am to 4 pm so time it wisely, timings are very strict. The place has two wheeler parking right outside it as well as of writing this. Cost is INR 150 for Indians [cheaper rates for Indian Students and Senior Citizens as well] and INR 600 for Foreign Nationals. There is a small canteen here as well serving snacks and beverages.

Now to the good part, built in the 60s, yes a lot of the site does not have the sheen it once did, but it truly is a place of significance for not just the Beatles but also for Yoga and spirituality that emanates from India. The meditation caves, Siddhi Bhavan, Anand Bhavan, The Saptpuri Complex (the Beatles’ Bungalow] are all here open for display.

There is even a dedicated photo gallery which shows photos of the Beatles and other notable guests in the Ashram. I was surprised to see much of the old structures still intact and even more so when it was totally allowed for visitors to enter them. Some structures that are unsafe have been explicitly labeled.

The old post office where John sent his letters and telegrams, the Printing Press where the Maharishi’s first books were published, the kitchen, the Maharishi’s residence are all still here. For a place like this to have existed in the 60s is just baffling, especially back when Rishikesh was far from developed.

Be sure to go up the stairs of either the Anand or Siddhi Bhavan and see the view of the Ashram and the Ganges from the top, it really is a sight for sore eyes.

If you are going there with wide eyed expectations of seeing in your face structures and logos screaming the Beatles, then this is not for you. Go there as though you’re visiting an old archaeological site, to see the remnants of a place that once harboured a flourishing culture of Transcendental Meditation and Spirituality that inspired even the likes of the Beatles to pay a visit and see what this was all about.

I do hope whoever is in charge of this place, the government or some other authority, sees the
potential of this place and pushes for some kind of restoration or beautification work as they are sleeping on a huge opportunity in terms of tourism revenue and cultural and historical significance.
Written December 7, 2022
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Noah Janssen
The Netherlands5 contributions
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Nov 2020
This place is magical indeed. The meditation huts are beautifully built which leaves a touch of ancient India and the museum built for the Beatles takes you to a leap back in history. The food at the local cafe is also great, do plan a trip for around 3-4 hours to relax and make the best of your visit!
Written November 27, 2020
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ron0266
Cabarita Beach, Australia235 contributions
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Sep 2019 • Friends
This is my second visit and after the rains this time was lush and green. A lot of it is in ruins but still so beautiful. They have had street art painted in some of the building last which is sensational. We had a Beatles sing a long on the auditorium very cool.
Definitely worth a visit while in Rishikesh
Written February 25, 2020
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Lou H
Brackley, UK34 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Firstly, it’s 600 rupees per person if you’re a tourist (we’re from the UK) and you have to queue for ages whilst they check ID…

From the outside you would not know it was the Beatles ashram as it says tiger reserve.

The place itself is a little underwhelming - there’s a few signs telling you what buildings are but most of the ashram seem to have been built after the Beatles stayed here. The thing we found more disappointing was the lack of information / photos showing what it all looked like in it’s prime - you can find this online.

Some of the graffiti is quite good, some of it is a little amateur!!

Given how much money this place pulls in from tourists it could be better and I get the feeling that the money isn’t being used to maintain it.

Not sure it’s worth the visit - maybe if you have nothing else to do but there’s better things to do in Rishikesh.
Written October 12, 2022
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Krishna M
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Nov 2022
Chaurasi Kutiya is open from 9 AM to 4 PM daily , with nominal entry fee. 84 Kutiya is popularly known as Beatles Ashram, the graffiti-filled walls are so beautiful. All the ruins have graffiti on them The whole walk around the Ashram needs at least one hour, ideally a couple of hours.
Written February 1, 2023
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village1231
Noida, India80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Quite a long drive from our hotel which was on the riverside, not much signage so the driver had to ask his way several times. It is shown as Rajaji National Park ( no mention of the Beatles ashram)!
Had to pay an entrance fee and climb up a bit to reach the actual ashram. Not at all well maintained , had a neglected feeling about it, and very few visitors probably because of the entrance fees- which could be a good things as it was left unspoilt and not much done to maintain the buildings.

Otherwise interesting with some nice graffiti and photographs.

No gift shop, restaurant or toilet that we could find.

Written May 15, 2022
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family

After immersing yourself in the serene experience of Gangaji aarti, the Beatles Ashram stands out as the second most visited place in Rishikesh. To reach this iconic spot, cross Janki Setu from the Muni ki Reti side, turning right and walking approximately 200-300 meters through a narrow lane. Upon turning left, you'll find the entrance to the Beatles Ashram.
Notably, there are no prominent displays after crossing the Janki bridge, making it essential to follow the given directions. Managed by the forest department, the entry fee is Rs.60/- per person, and it's crucial to retain the ticket until leaving the ashram, as it will be checked during your return.
Facilities near the ticket counter include drinking water and toilets. Inside the campus, a small canteen provides refreshments. The ashram covers a vast area, so be prepared for extensive walking to explore its various facets. Ensure you carry enough water for the journey.
The Beatles Ashram, once the residence of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, offers a captivating journey through history. Amidst the serene surroundings, you can witness the remnants of the printing press, post office, student hostel, kitchen, mess, staff quarters, meditation cottages, and more. The ashram provides ample opportunities for photography, allowing visitors to capture the essence of this historic and tranquil retreat.
Prepare to be enchanted by the spiritual ambiance and rich history as you explore the Beatles Ashram, a place that seamlessly blends nature, history, and the legacy of the renowned Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Written January 4, 2024
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India7,195 contributions
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Mar 2021
The Beatles Ashram is also known as ‘Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram’ or ‘84 Kutiya’ or ‘Chaurasi Kutia’. It became popular with Beatles name after the rock band came here for to study meditation in 1968. The ashram is situated on eastern bank of river Ganga, opposite Muni Ki Reti, it is around 1km from the new bridge Janki Setu (or Sita Pul) opened in Nov., 2020 downstream Ram Jhula. If you going by car, park your car in new parking developed on western bank of Ganga at Janki Setu. Then walk from there around 1km. The Ashram was setup in 1960s. During the 1960s and 1970s, as the International Academy of Meditation, it was the training centre for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who devised the Transcendental Meditation Technique (TMT). The Ashram was abandoned in 1990 and later taken care by Forest Deptt. It is the part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve.
Entry ticket for Indian is INR 150 and for Students is INR 40. Foreigners have to pay a lot. If you are interested in the Beatles or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ji, this place will be worth visiting. Ruins of old buildings, scattered meditation kutias, 84 Kutias building, kitchen, post office, printing press, Meditation Hall, living rooms are there. One can see the graffiti on the walls, still looking alive and takes you to 1960s. View of Ganga from top of the hill is amazing. Some exhibits having photographs about TMT, Yogi ji, The Beatles. Animals and birds are displayed here. A small canteen serving snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks is worth sitting there.
Written April 4, 2021
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