‘Beatles’ Ashram’ in India to Become Eco-Hotel, School

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  12.19.07 | 10:32 AM ET

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Travelers have been making pilgrimages to Rishikesh, India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, aka the “Beatles’ ashram,” ever since the Fab Four landed there in the late ‘60s to study Transcendental Meditation and write some songs, including “Revolution” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Soon, though, the rundown 15-acre campus may become a home and school for street children, as well as a 10-room “eco hotel” where visitors “could volunteer to work with the children or simply relax in the same ashram where John Lennon searched for the meaning of life and George Harrison worked to perfect his sitar playing,” according to the Washington Post.

A fine idea, though as a fan looking to commune with the Beatles, I’d prefer, say, Abbey Road (see the Webcam view) or Strawberry Fields in Central Park. But I’d certainly want to visit the ashram instead of hanging out on the tarmac at JFK, at least circa 2007.