Abandoned Places II: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
Sat in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the river Ganges is Rishikesh; a North-Indian City considered holy ground to Hindus and a lusted-after retreat for those wanting to open their third eye with the way of the Yogi. Many travel to this remote city to stay in Ashrams, where they relinquish their material goods and spend their days cleansing their mind with yoga and meditation. And whether or not you believe in this stuff, you cannot deny the city its otherworldly presence.
At the city’s southern end is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. Abandoned in 1977 it has now been consumed by the Himalayan undergrowth and is occupied by leopards. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a pivotal figure in the teachings of Transcendental Meditation, but the Ashram is probably most famed for being residence to the Beatles in 1968.
The Ashram is, weather permitting, open to the public. (However if you have trekked all the way over there to find it closed, you can just scale the wall.) So I took a wander up through the mist to look around these ghostly buildings for myself and found myself totally entranced by the place.