Deep in the forest along the banks of the River Ganges is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram, better known today as The Beatles' Ashram. The Beatles stayed here in February 1968. They were led there by George Harrison's interest in meditation having met the Maharishi the year before in London. The Beatles brought their wives, girlfriends and assistants, along with several other famous friends, and joined a group of about 60 students who were training to be Transcendental Meditation teachers. John Lennon and Harrison stayed the longest at 6 weeks, but then left after financial disagreements and a disappointment in the Maharishi's 'affection' for money and celebrities. During their time at the ashram The Beatles wrote 48 of their best songs.
Shortly after this period the ashram closed down and pilgrims and Beatles' fans have returned over the years to paint graphic designs and song lyrics over the walls of the many individual buildings and as such it has become a shrine to The Beatles during this time. It was an amazing experience visiting it, not unlike walking through a time capsule. It felt religious and historic, a magical moment in time had happened here and I was lucky enough to witness its relics.