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The Beatles' Indian spiritual retreat turned into tourist attraction

The transcendental meditation sanctuary in Rishikesh inspired the band's 'White Album'

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The site of The Beatles' famous 1968 spiritual retreat in northern India has become a tourist attraction after being renovated and reopened to the public.

The Fab Four visited a transcendental meditation sanctuary in the forest near Rishikesh during March and April of that year, seeking enlightenment with plans to write songs while there. While their productivity was high – the band reportedly wrote 48 songs for 'The White Album' during this period – the stay was ultimately cut short, after guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was accused of making sexual advances to fellow guest, actress Mia Farrow.

The forest has long become a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans but there were recent reports that it had become overgrown.

Reports now state that cleaning teams have revived the forest ready for visitors.

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Senior forestry official Rajendra Nautiyal told the BBC: "We have cleaned up the place and lined the pathways with flowers. We are making some gardens and putting some benches for visitors".

"We are introducing a nature trial and bird walk. We also plan to set up a cafeteria and a souvenir shop at some point. We want to retain the place’s rustic look."

The forest reopened to the public on Tuesday (December 8). Entry reportedly costs around £7.

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