How to find the Beatles Ashram

By DontForgetYourTeam Posted: August 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

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Having spent quite some time scouring the Internet for the answer, I came to the conclusion that finding the Beatles ashram is not easy or clear. So for the sake of those wishing to visit I thought I’d create a guide to visiting this amazing, if slightly surreal, place.

Firstly, you’ll need to navigate yourself to the far (East) side of Ram Jhula, Rijshikesh, shown on the right of this image.

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Turn right and follow the road. You will come across a kink in the road, just follow it, with the Ganges on your right head through the shopping area, walking through a covered bazaar and a range of shops and stalls. This road goes on for approximately 1Km, passing some beautiful ashrams mixed with debris, litter and beggars that are sadly so common in India.
If you persist in walking down this road, the shops thin out into a less populated area, then eventually the space opens up. When we went down the road we took this photo, but I suspect this will soon change.

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Follow this all the way to the end and you will see an open grassy area, likely with cows grazing and men sleeping.

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Instead of going into the field head left up the rocky track between the two high walls until you eventually see this on your right.

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The guard will ask you for 50INR for each person, and then allow you to roam freely. All the buildings can be explored and entered, all at your own risk!

Give yourself plenty of time to look around as the area is huge, if the weather allows it, wear long trousers to avoid being scratched by the undergrowth.
You are free to climb all the stairs in the buildings and I would recommend finding the numerous halls (we found three) to get a real feel of what happened here. There is also the large central building which you can go into and there is a stairway to the top. Here you can get great views of the mountains, take pictures and meditate in the ‘beehive’ structures (also a welcome area of shade).

I hope you enjoy your look around, please comment and let us know how you got on.

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    6 Responses to “How to find the Beatles Ashram”

    1. manish says:

      it near ramjhula keep walking on right after crossing ramjhula at the dead end ull find this place beatles ashram

    2. Teri Roddy says:

      Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!|

      • DontForgetYourTeam says:

        Hi Teri,
        We are using wordpress with a custom layout, can’t tell you much more than that!
        Thanks for looking though,
        The DFYToothbrush team

    3. Nick Proud says:

      I was here about a week ago, totally fascinating as a place to visit. Takes about ten minutes from the Rum Jhula bridge. Even if you dont go into the compound the spot at the river (with the building with four windows slightly downstream on the same side) is amazing – plenty of you tube Bealtes vision taken from this spot. Take a guide who as a speaker of Indian will tell them that you are a guest (there are Sadhu squatters who dont like to be distrubed). Also the jungle is taking over so get in fast – wont be long before it will be inaccesible! Hope the Indian Government has the sense to preserve this place. Truly fascinating!!!

      • Glad that you enjoyed it.
        There was a charity group who tried to turn the whole area into a school and home for street children. Sadly, the Indian government did not find this idea appealing – I believe there is some tradition in India that re-facing or fixing ageing buildings is frowned upon, hence the often dilapidated nature of Indian Buildings.

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