Beatles’ Indian spiritual retreat opens to tourists

Place where Beatles practiced meditation is patched up
A spiritual retreat in Rishikesh, India, where the Beatles famously practiced meditation has been patched up and opened to the public.
The Beatles spent time there in 1968 meditating and writing songs, many of which later appeared on the band’s White Album. The ashram, abandoned in the 1970s, was run by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a self-styled Indian guru who died in 2008.
The retreat has remained a big attraction for Beatles fans, who would climb the walls for a closer look or pay a small bribe to the guard.
The authorities are charging foreign tourists 700 rupees (€9.50) and Indian tourists 150 rupees for entry. The location is close to a tiger reserve, and within the complex a meditation hall with colourful graffiti on the walls left by past visitors is the main attraction.


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