Chaurasi Kutia is a treasure for Shankaracharya Nagar and the first choice for tourists to visit

Chaurasi Kutia Rishikesh is the legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is no less than a priceless treasure for Shankaracharya Nagar Rajaji.

Chaurasi Kutia is a treasure for Shankaracharya Nagar and the first choice for tourists to visit

Chaurasi Kutia is a treasure for Shankaracharya Nagar and the first choice for tourists to visit

Chaurasi Kutia Rishikesh is the legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is no less than a priceless treasure for Shankaracharya Nagar Rajaji.

Chaurasi Kutia Rishikesh Pics Near Rajaji Tiger Reserve is the heritage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Shankaracharya Nagar (Chaurasi Kuti). It is nothing less than a priceless treasure. These caves were constructed to develop this place as a meditation-yoga center.

The legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the pioneer of transcendental meditation yoga, is no less than a priceless treasure for the Shankaracharya Nagar (Chaurasi Kuti) Rajaji Tiger Reserve. This legacy, which remained in the dark of oblivion due to the short-sightedness of the policymakers for thirty years, has given an income of more than Rs 2.33 crore to the treasury of Rajaji Tiger Reserve in the last six years.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, world-famous for transcendental meditation yoga, established Shankaracharya Nagar here in the year 1961 by taking 15 acres of land on lease from the Forest Department near Swargashram (Rishikesh). Here he developed this place as a meditation-yoga center by building eighty-four small huts with amazing architecture and more than a hundred caves.

Chaurasi Kutia Park came under the area after the formation of Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 and the expansion of the park in the year 1986. Due to strict rules for the movement of tourists and the expansion of resources was not possible, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi handed it over to the Forest Department and he himself went to the Netherlands. With this, the entry of common citizens was barred in the Chaurasi Kutia area. The result was that due to lack of maintenance, the huts and caves built here became dilapidated and the whole complex became barren.

Six years ago on December 8, 2015, the Forest Department cleaned and repaired this complex and opened it again for tourists. Since then, domestic and foreign tourists, students, and senior citizens are coming here to visit by paying a fixed fee. After the opening of Chaurasi Kuti, the influx of tourists has increased here continuously. The revenue of the park administration is increasing from the fees charged by the tourists.

Forest Officer Dhin Singh said that in the last six years, 1,39,176 foreign and Indian tourists have visited Chaurasi Kuti. Rajaji Park administration has received an income of Rs. 2 crores 33 lakh 29 thousand 685 from the fee received by these tourists.

The advent of The Beatles Group brought fame

In the year 1968, Shankaracharya Nagar (Chaurasi Kuti), situated near Rishikesh, gained fame in the country and world as a center of yoga and meditation, when the world-famous musical group Beatles of Britain arrived here. Four members of the Beatles group, George Harrison, Paul Mechanic, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon, stayed here for a long time. This famous musical group of that era composed many tunes and songs while living here. The pilgrimage town of Rishikesh became a center of attraction for foreign tourists after the Beatles group came here. After this Rishikesh came to be recognized on the world stage as the International Capital of Yoga.

Corona epidemic had an impact on income

The worldwide corona epidemic has also had a major impact on eighty-four huts. When Chaurasi Kuti was opened for tourists for the first time in December 2015, till March 2016, 4,975 tourists had reached here. Whereas in the financial year 2016-17, 9685, in the year 2017-18, 18313 and in the year 2018-19, 30047 tourists reached the Deedar of Chaurasi Kuti. In the financial year 2019-20, a maximum of 42233 tourists came to visit Chaurasi Kuti. In March 2020, when the outbreak of the worldwide corona epidemic increased, the four-fourth hut also had to be closed. After which Chaurasi Kuti was again opened for tourists on 16 October 2020. After this, due to the corona epidemic this year too, the influx of tourists in Chaurasi Kuti was somewhat less.

Development in tourist facilities

After the opening of Chaurasi Kuti, some tourist facilities were also expanded here. Range Officer Dhir Singh said that recently the herbal garden and Navagraha Vatika were established at Chaurasi Kuti. Apart from this, arrangements have been made for the tourists like drinking water, bio-toilet, nature path, bamboo hut, solar street light, music system, and binoculars, etc.

Entry fee per person in Chaurasi Kuti

Foreign Tourist – Rs 600

Indian Tourist - Rs.150

Senior Citizen - Rs.75

Student - Rs 40