Watch | The Beatles wrote 48 songs and learnt to meditate in this Rishikesh ashram

Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is known for its many ashrams, ghats and scores of temples. People from all over India come here to pay their respects to the many gods and to the holy river Ganga. But for music fans from all over the world, visiting Rishikesh is a pilgrimage of a different kind. For in the spring of 1968, four legendary musicians made their way here to live in one of the earliest ashrams. They were none other than the beloved English rock band, the Beatles. Today, the ashram lies abandoned and completely overtaken by wildlife. You can find large, dilapidated buildings, broken down meditation halls, and these 84 orb-shaped meditation caves that are a trademark of the ashram. What is most extraordinary though is the eye-catching graffiti you can see inside many of these buildings. Good news is that now there are plans to revive the ashram and even make a small part of it into a museum dedicated to the Beatles. It is only fair to give all fans a chance to pay homage to the band they love, at an ashram where they once lived, in a mystical land like Rishikesh. After all, we can't just Let it Be.

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