When: October is a cool to visit after the summer and monsoons
Where: Goa – the hippy haven on India’s south west coast
Happenings: American tourists, hippy culture and great markets
Remember to bring: Just bring yourself, man
The former Portuguese colony of Goa on India’s south central west coast has been a favourite hippy and backpacker hangout since the 1960’s.
In Goa the monsoon season has usually broken by October. Between then and February it’s not uncomfortably hot. The climate’s fresh and clear and it’s time for the party to begin.
Set up in the 1960’s by western travellers who had to sell the contents of their backpacks to fund a flight home, the market has grown up as a thriving commercial centre where you buy just about anything – from exotic silk to genuine Italian lasagne.
Despite Goa’s popularity, it’s still possible to find secluded spots to chill out and soak in Goa’s unique and laid-back atmosphere.
If you’re planning a trip, this site is a brilliant introduction to what the tourist can expect. It also covers less mainstream topics such as religion and food.
By Jess Halliday