maharishi mahesh yogi’s ashram (aka “the beatles ashram”)

In 1968, John, Paul, Ringo, and Harrison came to Rishikesh to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (My philosophy teacher at yoga school was also a student of Maharishi Mahesh!) In the early 2000s the ashram closed. The ashram went into ruin, but over the years has also been a canvas for artists from all over the world visiting this world famous and incredibly inspirational place.

I was uncertain about going, but am so glad I did. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in Rishikesh so far. It’s about a 20 minute walk Southwest along the Ganges from Ram Jhula. The cost to enter is 600 rupees, which is about $12 US. Not expensive by normal standards, but when you’re India, 600 rupees is a lot! We had heard that it’s easy to sneak in to avoid paying, but since the Indian government took over (within the last year we heard from a local), they have security patrolling some of the old “sneak in” spots. Probably still possible, but we decided to just pay. We were able to negotiate down to 500 rupees per person since we were a group of 6 (“group discount?” is always worth asking).

The ashram is set away from the rest of the hectic city. It’s huge. The first buildings you see are stone huts that look like igloos. We wandered through them. Some had artwork. Standing in the dome at the top, your voice vibrates in a totally surprising way. We met a local who knew all about the ashram and showed us around. There are bigger, multi level buildings as well that we wandered, admiring the eclectic art. There is a warehouse that feels like a place you should watch live music. There are stone meditation caves. We walked to the top of the tallest building to watch the sunset, and it felt like we could see all of Rishikesh.

Amazing views. Amazing art. Amazing vibes. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram is not to be skipped.

7 thoughts on “maharishi mahesh yogi’s ashram (aka “the beatles ashram”)

  1. Sounds dreamy! Hmmm. John, Paul, Ringo and Harrison. I think they were in a music group way back when, right? Starts with a “B” I think. Beatniks? Baboos? We used to play some of their albums backwards to hear where Paul was buried. BeatBoys? Something like that. I shall have to use the Google Thingy to research and get back to you. πŸ™‚

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  2. Beach Boys? Bangles? Something like that, but they were good. My fav was George Harrison. Love you, Madeleine!


  3. LOVE the photos. And your writing! Love getting a peak into your excursions waaay over there πŸ™‚


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