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Activities in Rishikesh

Ashram Tour of Rishikesh

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
US$ 10.60
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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Discover why Rishikesh is one of the holiest places in India exploring the city's ashrams, or Hindu spiritual retreats. Explore the abandoned ashram where the Beatles stayed and wrote some of their most famous songs.

Discover why Rishikesh is one of the holiest places in India exploring the city's ashrams, or Hindu spiritual retreats. Explore the abandoned ashram where the Beatles stayed and wrote some of their most famous songs.

Itinerary

Your walking tour of the ashrams of Rishikesh will begin at the Sivananda ashram, not far from the Ram Jhula bridge. Discover the origins of these spiritual centres where people from all over the world gather to practice meditation and yoga. You'll learn of their importance in India and about the day to day lives of the teachers and students who live there together.

There are numerous different ashrams in Rishikesh, and each one has its own particular doctrines put in place by its founding guru. See the ashrams of Vanprastha, Swarg and Parmarth Niketan, where the famous Ganga Aarti ceremony is performed every evening.

A tour of the ashrams of Rishikesh would not be complete without a visit to arguably the most famous one of all: the now-abandoned Chaurasi Kutia, better known as the Beatles Ashram.

Here amongst the dense jungle in the Himalayan foothills, the iconic Liverpool quartet spent time following the teachings of the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For almost two months in 1968, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr lived in the retreat practising yoga and meditation. Their time here was considered to be the most productive of the band's career, and they wrote more than thirty songs at the ashram - can you guess which ones?

After a number of years, the ashram was completely abandoned and has since remained in a state of ruin, overgrown by the surrounding greenery. Beatles fans have made it into a sort of shrine in honour of one of the most famous bands in history.

Following your visit of the Maharashi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, the walking tour will come to an end.

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Price

Adults Children under 4 years old
US$ 10.60
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 10.60
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 10 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 3% of their maximum capacity.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

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Duration

2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Local professional English speaking guide.

Transport during the tour should it be needed.

Hot drink.

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

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US$ 10.60
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Sivananda Ashram