Astounded by the Holy Township’s heavenly atmosphere, the band members, namely Ringo Starr, stayed in Rishikesh for ten days. Paul McCartney stayed for five weeks, while George Harrison and John Lennon spent eight weeks in Rishikesh learning meditations exploring spiritual awakening and diving deeper into self-exploration.
The Maharishi used to teach Transcendental Meditation to individuals interested in learning and developing a career in spirituality. The member of The Beatles arrived at the Ashram in the year 1968. Before coming to this place, the band had participated in the Maharishi’s seminar in Wales, which propelled them to visit Rishikesh and stay for three months in his Ashram.
In 1961, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi leased 15 acres of land for 20 years. Despite earnest efforts, the ashram administration could not renew the lease, which expired in 1981. In 2000, the Supreme Court ordered the Forest Department to exclude clear out illegal immigrants from reserve areas across the country. By 2003, Maharshi authorities had evacuated the site and left the Ashram in peace.
The front and walls of Chaurasi Kutia (84 huts), aka Beatles Ashram, are dominated by murals by John Lennon and other band members, attracting music lovers worldwide to visit the Ashram.
Other exciting things to see here are the mysterious writings of Anand Bhavan, and Siddhi Bhavan works on the walls, and the beautifully designed meditation rooms of the Ashram.
The Beatles Ashram is believed to have unique energy and exuberance that help visitors understand the true power and value of spirituality.
The relaxing and invigorating atmosphere here relaxes the body from within and calms down the mind.
The Beatles Ashram made headlines when it was reopened for tourists on December 8, 2016. The place is owned by the Rajaji Tiger Reserve of the Uttarakhand Forest Department. The was visited by 8,634 Indians and 1,348 foreign tourists within one year of opening, leading to the generation of 19.80 lakhs in revenue to the forest department. Now the spiritual retreat is abundant with life surrounded by bushes and tidiness.
Currently, the Beatles Ashram is visited by locals and tourists, most of whom are Beatles band fans. The place generally attracts history buffs, veterans, spiritual seekers, nature lovers, photo enthusiasts, and meditators.
The preferable time to visit Ashram is during the spring months of March and April. If you would like to experience the cold and chilly weather of Rishikesh, you can visit during the winter months as the weather feels fantastic and the environment becomes calm and serene, which makes it conducive for visiting the Ashram.
As the Chaurasi Kutia or Beatles Ashram falls under the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, visitors have to pay a minimal entrance fee of Rs 150 for Indian visitors and Rs 600 for foreign nationals.
Located in the Swargashram area of Rishikesh, you can reach the Ashram by taking the road from Ram Jhula to Geeta Bhavan and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. At the end of this road, you will see the closed iron gate of the Beatles Ashram. The Ashram is located at a distance of 2 km from Ram Jhula and 3 km from Laxman Jhula. If you are traveling by train, the nearest railway station to reach Ram Jhula is the Rishikesh railway station (13 km), and if you are traveling by airplane, you can land at Jolly Grant Airport 30 km away in Dehradun. Taxis to reach the Beatles Ashram are readily available from here.
Is the Beatles Ashram haunted?
A. no this place is not haunted this is just a rumor. So one can visit this place any time or any season thanks for asking this question.