You'll Soon Be Able to Stay at the Indian Ashram That Inspired The Beatles
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When The Beatles visited Rishikesh, India, on a retreat with the famous guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968, they probably changed rock ‘n’ roll forever.
The incredible journey with the Transcendental Meditation inventor himself must have been life-changing, because it was this trip that inspired The Beatles’ White Album. Ever since then, fans have been flocking to the famous ashram owned by the yogi to experience a piece of history.
The Chaurasi Kutia ashram was closed off to the public for many years, but in 2015 it was reopened to tourists, though many of its buildings and lands were still in disrepair. The years of neglect were most obvious in the crumbling structures that were covered in graffiti. While the area is still run-down, there are fascinating sights to see, like the stunning rock-covered domes and several homages to the band’s visit.
According to Lonely Planet, in an effort to attract more visitors, the state of Uttarakhand’s tourism department proposed plans to improve and restore the ashram, with all repairs to be completed by 2018 — marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ visit and the 100th anniversary of Maharishi’s birth.
The many improvements include a renovation of the meditation buildings and lodgings so visitors may stay on the grounds during their visit. The department also hopes to build a Beatles museum there. They also plan to renovate the retaining wall in order to keep out the wild animals from the nearby tiger reserve.
Rishikesh has been considered the “Yoga Capital of the World” since The Beatles’ visit, and hopefully these renovations will restore the famous ashram it to its former glory.