In 1968 The Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in Rishikesh which is now more famous at Beatles Ashram. Beatles were English Rock band which consisted four artists John Lennon, Paul McCartney,George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi invited them to his ashram in Rishikesh to learn Transcendental Meditation. The course was 3 month long but none of them completed the course. Ringo Starr left after 10 days after the argument with Mahesh Yogi Ji. McCartney left after 5 weeks and Lennon and Harrison left after 8 weeks. There were also feeling uncomfortable due to mosquitoes and monkeys. The Ashram is located on the bank of the Ganga near Rajaji National Park. It was established in 15 acres of land which was given to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on lease by forest department. The ashram has 84 igloo shape meditation huts. Later when ashram failed to renew lease in 1997 the followers and staff need to leave the ashram.
Since than the ashram was closed for visit. Later the building were covered by the trees. Most of the buildings damaged due to lack of maintenance. However the tourist (mainly fans of the beatles) keep visiting the ashram by paying some bribe to the guard. Now the forest department has decided to open the Ashram for tourists officially. Currently they are cleaning the ashram and putting sign boards. It will be opened at the end of the November. Boundaries are also repaired to stop elephants and leopards. save ashram from There is also planing for cafeteria and museum. May be there will be entry fees for the visit. The Forest Department want to promote eco tourism by introducing bird watching and nature walk. Mostly there planing is the maintain the ashram and promote tourism.
It is said that they wrote appox 48 songs here. The Beatles wrote most part of the ‘White Album” here. The other famous songs which were conceptualized here were ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Mother Nature’s Son’, ‘Sexy Sadie’, and Abbey Road‘s ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ and ‘Mean Mr Mustard’.