How to reach the Ashram:
Interesting fact: if you try to find the Beatles Ashram on the GPS, you'll probably roam around only in circles and circles. Especially if you've driven down to Rishikesh, you'll probably want to burn your car coz of the short roads and everyone over there looking at you like ... "Dude..what the..."
Anyways, although you can take a ride or drive straight at the Ashram doorstep, the best way to reach is by a walkthrough from the iconic Ram Jhula. The very long and surprisingly narrow Jhula is a tourist attraction and for the right reasons. Why surprisingly narrow, as I think the state board should hang a board outside the Jhula stating that bikes and motor vehicles not allowed. No kidding, we barely managed to click a few uber important selfies even when we risked our lives with bikes and cows going berserk on the narrow route
Finally off the Jhula, we encountered one of the most filthiest routes in Rishikesh and a hippy marketplace before ending up at the Ashram. The marketplace was rather interesting with native German bakeries (pun pun pun) and some souvenir shops for tourists as well.
We met a friendly wierdo (lots of them on the way to the Ashram) on our way, rolling one and happily singing Beatles songs. He told us specifically to check out the meditation pods (that were hard to miss but nonetheless) in the Ashram.
We listened to a few good numbers and off to the Ashram again. When we reached the Ashram finally, we thanked our stars that the long trek (actually more of a walk but a trek makes you feel better doesn't it), yeah the long trek was worth it.
The place was mesmerizing from the moment we paid money to enter the ruins. They take a humble Rs 150 from Indian visitors and Rs. 600 from foreign tourists.
What can you expect:
Here it was right in front of us. the gripping sight made me feel like like am in a video game or was straight out a disney production if you have that imagination. The castle of the fab 4 - the meditation mansion - the Beatles Ashram. The Beates came to this quiet and quaint abode in 1968. They spent a few weeks doing what we all only can dream to do - NOTHING. Just enjoying what life is supposed to be - breathing freshness and incense, being spellbound and creating their magic (songs, what else)