Ever seen a bunch of hippies strolling on a beach or trekking on a picturesque mountain trail? Looking at them, I generally realize how banal my routine has become. There comes this thought of leaving all the worries behind and just dance to thumping music, live in a tiny shack watching the sun set at the horizon or spend a vacation in the lap of nature just lazing around. For all the people out there who can relate with this, here is a collection of the ‘Hippiest’ places in India. These hippie destinations are sure to make you mesmerized in your leisure trips.
Of course, the list must begin with Goa. Be it the psychotropic music or the trance or the psychedelic beaches, Goa has it all to offer. You can bask around in the sun or stroll among the trees, dance at your will and just have fun.
2. Kasol and Tosh
Situated on the banks of river Parvati, Kasol is famous for its pot and cheap food. The accommodation is quite cheap and the food is mouth watering. Both the places are equally amazing but Tosh is comparatively less crowded. There is no dearth of pot-smoking babas, mountains, food and amazing mountain trails dotted with waterfalls. One can find sign boards in Hebrew all around the town.
Located in Kerala, it is known as ‘Hippie Haven’. It is mostly cliff-side overlooking the Arabian Sea, the best deal about Varkala is that it is not over crowded at all. The golden beaches, blue waters, towering pines and the music make Varkala the perfect destination for a mystic outing.
Pushkar is traditional India in a nut shell. Rustic fairs, temples, sand dunes and yes, snakes and snake charmers, Pushkar is a must-visit place. The perfect time to visit Pushkar is during The Pushkar fair (generally in Oct-Nov) when there are some extra-ordinary competitions like ‘best moustache’ and ‘best bride’, an array of elaborately decorated camels and livestock, folk Rajasthani music and dance.
Once a French colony, it still looks like a French town. Colonial churches, very well planned streets and French style avenues remind of a lazy French town. With surfing schools, yoga classes and French street food, Puducherry is fun, fun and fun.
Just a few kilometres away from Goa, Gokarna has amazing street-art, beaches that are yet unspoiled, waterside shacks and a lot more. It is a place of contrasts with traditional temples on one hand and cheesy wall paintings on the other hand. It is a laid back town with two main streets lined with shops and traditional tile-roofed brick houses.
Famous for its ‘Hippie Hill’ a.k.a. Crank-Ridge, Almora is the destination for hippie travelers. Situated in Uttarakhand, Almora takes you back in time with the serene atmosphere, the pine lined ridge and the Himalayas in the backdrop. It is the perfect place for people seeking Nirvana.
Currently based in Ahmedabad, Manasi is a Mechanical Engineering student. She loves to travel to off- track places that are frequently left unvisited. Her passion for writing and travelling resulted in this blog.