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Goa – Where Old Hippies Go To Die

Goa - where old hippies go to dieIf you grew up around hippies in the 1960s or 1970s you probably heard some stoned dude with a beard longer than an Imam’s talking about Goa and the scene there. The smallest state in India was and is a veritable Mecca for those interested in exotic culture, far out spiritual experience and unregulated drug and alcohol experiences. In the 1980’s Goa seemed to take a turn as a holiday spot for the jetset, but one thing is for sure no matter what decade you come from – Goa has a rep as a party spot that causes a lot of people to shun its potential for wildlife tourism, a safe exotic destination for families or solo travelers.

Goa has always seemed like a place that hippies from Western cultures would go to let loose. A place of hedonistic pleasure and fulfilling the desire for the exotic. To be honest, the past few years, I’ve avoided it because it seemed to be one of those places where young backpackers go to enjoy being away from home for the first time, but in truth – there really is a lot more to Goa than I’d imagined.

Sure, young Brits love to take low cost flights to Goa and it is all of those things I mentioned above, but there are layers to Goa. It has always been one of the top holiday destinations in India and there is a reason it is a top visited place among tourists, vacationers and honeymooners. In a word, Goa is amazing.

Goa Hippie ParadiseDuring the holiday period, Goa is filled with large numbers of tourists from all around the world and of course, the major attractions are the beaches in Goa. Goa beaches are where you can have a perfect holiday trip and everyone knows it. Some of the well known beaches are Palolem Beach, Baga Beach, Candolim beach, Dona Paula Beach and Anjuna beach. Parties, adventure activities and of course, plenty of beach time.

The beaches though, aren’t everything. There are also monuments, churches and wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Panaji, Mapusa, Dona Paula and Margaon are just a few of the many cities and regions you can visit. Panaji is the capital of Goa and offers architecture, monuments and a lively and interesting culture. Mapusa, the third largest city in Goa is famous for its Friday market and crafts. Dona Paula is a well known beach lover’s paradise – famous for honeymoons. Margaon is a clean, fresh city filled with green spaces. Each place in Goa has its own rich history.
When you are looking for something to do in Goa though, look no further than the water. Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, Speed boating, Canoeing, Para Sailing and more are available. For the land minded you can book jungle safaris into your holiday package.

For the cultural traveler, you will find exotic cuisine, lively festivals and a nightlife that is up to the wildest of expectations. Want to see more of Goa? Why not cruise to Grande Island, St. George Island, Devagh Island, Pigeon Island, Candolim, Calangute, Arossim, Utorda, Mobor or Dona Paula beach?

One thing is for sure, Goa is a world of its own and there is plenty there for even the most intrepid of adventurers but if you are looking for hippies, drum circles and that whole vibe – you will still find it in Goa. It’s where old hippies go to die and young hippies go to find gurus.

The photos in this post are ccImages from the Flickr photostreams of Slavasizov, Iain Tait and Nimboo

Top India Destinations Of 2013

India is a beautiful, rich, elegant country. You won’t find any other country like it in the world. Mainly due to the diverse culture, unbelievably great food, and the unique locals. India has many great things to offer. With that I give you the top India destinations of 2013. Every tourist, backpacker, or family should visit these places at least once in their lives.

Himachal Pradesh
himachal pradeshConsidered to be one of the most beautiful of the India states. Himachal Pradesh is located in the northern zone of the Himalayan foothills. Renowned for its scenic beauty, travelers and tourist alike give it 5 stars out of 5 stars. Shimla and Manali are two cities that you’ll enjoy spending time in. The blessed temples, green scenery, and a diverse range of food and music make it enjoyable to any tourist of any level.

Uttar Pradesh
uttar pradeshUttar Pradesh is another northern state of India. Known around the world for its tourist attractions and natural beauty many people travel here when visiting India. Uttar Pradesh is the state that contains the city Agra. So if you have ever wondered where the Taj Mahal is located then you’ve found the right place.Just in case you already didn’t know. The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. Who wants to miss out seeing one of the seven wonders of the world?

keralaKerala is considered to be God’s Own Country. The reason the locals say that and many, many other popular publications is due to the majestic beauty. Kerala is located right near the southern tip of the Arabian Sea. It’s breath-taking and enchanting. Kerala is well known and talked about for its luscious, green hills and beautiful beaches. Tea and spice plantations can be found everywhere and is one of the reasons this state smells so good. Kerala is just one of those few places were the land is captivating, and the sea enchanting. Take a trip their and see why they call it God’s Own Country. I”m sure you will agree.

india goaGoa is the smallest state on the western zone of India. It is known for its handful of majestic beaches and incredible water sports. So if you like beach houses, fast boats, and water sports that will have you soar at the end of the day then Goa might be for you.




India is big and there are just too many cities and too many states to see them all in short period of time. So if your planning a trip to India. I’d go with one or two from the list above. You can’t go wrong.

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