The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. In February 1968, the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, in northern India, to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Amid widespread media attention, their visit was one of the band’s most productive periods. Led by George Harrison’s commitment, the Beatles’ interest in the Maharishi changed Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and encouraged the study of Transcendental Meditation. Just south of Swarg Ashram, slowly being consumed by the forest undergrowth, is what’s left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. It was abandoned in 1997 and is now back under the control of the forest department. However, the shells of many buildings, meditation cells and lecture halls can still be seen, including Maharishi’s own house and the guesthouse where the Beatles stayed and apparently wrote much of the White Album .
The once-striking art installation called The Beatles Cathedral Gallery has become a graffiti free-for-all, but it’s still worth seeing.
Today the ashram is abandoned, but still pilgrim site for Beatles fans visiting India. In exchange for a little ‘entrance fee’ the guards will open the gates for you and let you explore the empty grounds around the iconic meditation huts, the grand halls and ruins. The compound is massive and you’ll stumble upon a new impressive building around every corner. The walls are decorated with Beatles titles and quotes . Large areas have been won back by nature, overgrown by dense bushes and high grass