The Ultimate Hippies’ Guide To India - Hippie Places in India

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Hippie Destinations in India

The sixties is a thing of the past, but thankfully, the hippies aren’t. These vibrant and peace-loving folks are still around, celebrating and ‘tripping’ on life the way they like it to be. The hippie culture and influence have been present in India for centuries, now. They’re still living it up to the idea of the free spirit- the Indian style! So if you are on the lookout to experience the ‘hippie-dom’, you’ve come to the right country. The peaceful location and great herbs will leave you in a trance.

Here is the list of 15 The Ultimate Hippies’ Guide To India - Hippie Places in India

1. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights 4.5 /5 View 114+ photos

Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

Of course; this is the first hippie getaway. Come here, get soaked in the sun and let yourself be lost in the amalgamation of cultures. Known for its beautiful beaches, you can lose yourself in trance, house, or the much-loved psychedelic music. Turning hippie here comes naturally no matter which beach you’re on; though the Anjuna and Vagator beaches are known for their night-long raves. Now, you’ll understand why they say that old hippies don’t die. They just pack their bags and come to Goa.

Best Time: October to March

195 Goa Attractions

2. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh 4.2 /5 View 14+ photos

Known For : Parvati River Kheerganga Trek Manikaran Gurudwara

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Forget the beaches and head to the beautiful and pristine land of the Himalayas. Kasol is Himachal’s well-kept secret, a hidden paradise with picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views. The Parvati Valley should be your hamlet if you want to be a part of the rave circuit. Babas smoking ‘pot’ in chillums is a common sight here. Bus up to the hills, enter any cafe, put on your favourite EDM and trance beats and bring the place alive. Oh, and don’t forget those herbs! Try visiting Tosh if you have an extra day or two.

Best Time: October to June

16 Kasol Attractions

3. Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape 4.6 /5 View 103+ photos

Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

317,856 active cases 164,608 in last 7 days

It’s on UNESCO’s list of the World Heritage Sites, and for a good reason. However, let that not fool you into thinking that this one of those touristy, steeped in only history destinations; because it is more than just that. It is all that but it also hippies dancing around in this gorgeous rocky land with covered in murals of psychedelic mushrooms. You’ll get all sorts of ‘drinks’ and ‘smokes’ along with likes of Nutella pancakes. If you’ve reached a ghost town where you can hear Bob Marley somewhere in the background and maybe an elephant too, then you’re probably in the right place.

Best Time: October to March

31 Hampi Attractions

4. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India 4.2 /5 View 23+ photos

Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dashashwamedh Ghat Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

131,488 active cases 91,168 in last 7 days

Colourful and spiritual, this land is one of the oldest hippie destinations in India. Being one of the holiest spots, the region has become commercialised, though the charm remains. The idea of moksha (liberation) is visible in the endless lines of saints and sadhus smoking their chillums; they’ll even offer you one if you get friendly with them! You’ll find hippies smoking and strumming their guitars and the ‘Hare Rama, Hare Krishna’ chant is heard commonly through the wisps of smoke rising from the chillums.

Best Time: October to March

38 Varanasi Attractions

5. Malana, Kasol

Malana, Kasol 3.5 /5

Situated in Himachal and kissed by the divine snow-capped mountains, Malana is the ultimate cannabis destination for you. The people might not be all that friendly because of invasive tourism and the police breathing down their necks. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t sell you what you came here for. The weather, the scenery, the quiet and the hashish; all you have to do is play that trance and skip to your parallel universe. However, make sure that you obtain a permit before you step into the village boundaries.

6. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands 4.2 /5 View 21+ photos

Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

This simple, untouched beach town is adorned by wall art and its much loved beach-side shacks. Yes, it is known for the famous Mahabaleshwara Temple, but the bhakths are not restricted to the temple alone if you know what I mean. The place is grim, not too crowded (barring a few beaches) and no one will disturb you. That’s what a trippy traveller like you, would want, right? All you have to do is hit that Floyd playlist, make use of the ‘pot’ and let Gokarna do the rest for you.

Best Time: Throughout the year

16 Gokarna Attractions

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7. Almora, Uttarakhand - A cozy heritage town nestled in the Himalayas.

Almora, Uttarakhand - A cozy heritage town nestled in the Himalayas. 3.6 /5 View 20+ photos

Known For : Zero Point Jageshwar Chitai Temple

9,952 active cases 8,640 in last 7 days

The name itself sounds like the magical world that is enclosed from the world in this tiny town situated in Uttarakhand. The hippie crowd frequents it for its Crank’s Ridge, a hill located just above Almora. Also known as the ‘Hippie Hill’, this place has the old world charm of the 60s and 70s, which explains why the nirvana seekers so love the place. This mystical hamlet is a must visit for the times when you decide to take a trip to self-discovery or just ‘trip’ for that matter.

Best Time: Throughout the year

16 Almora Attractions

8. Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala 4.2 /5 View 23+ photos

Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach

356,800 active cases 231,744 in last 7 days

Kerala is known for its churches and backwaters, but this is the unexplored and non-commercial side of the state. The Varkala Beach is home to a large number of expats and hippies and is a known haven for getting ‘trippy’. No one will disturb you here because no one cares; and for those hunger pangs later, you can head to the shacks or cafes. So, find a corner on the spectacular beach, maybe under one of those tall palm trees and drift away in your world while listening to some serene trance music.

Best Time: Throughout the year

24 Varkala Attractions

9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations 4.4 /5 View 25+ photos

Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

43,136 active cases 30,976 in last 7 days

One of Tamil Nadu’s favourite misty hill stations, this place is known for drawing the hippie crowd, especially sometime during the month of September. It’s the perfect place for a quiet getaway, and the weather is a great plus for a peaceful holiday. If rave is what you’re looking for, you can head to Vattakanal and rave all night at those surreal parties. Look around for a bit, and you’ll see the ‘calmness’ that this place is famous for. It’s exactly what a hippie would want; see it and then believe it.

Best Time: September to May

35 Kodaikanal Attractions

10. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - Yoga Capital of the World 4.3 /5 View 37+ photos

Known For : Rafting in Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula Triveni Ghat

229,472 active cases 167,360 in last 7 days

The yoga capital of the world has much more than just that; this place will be what you want it to be. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this place in Uttarakhand is where you should be if you just want to chill out and let go of the world. This place has many faces to it – yoga ashrams and cafes sprouting side by side, every other day. Mostly rife with foreign tourists, Rishikesh is where you’ll see hippies smoking with the ‘cool’ holy men; that’s Rishikesh for you.

Best Time: Throughout the year

53 Rishikesh Attractions

11. Nubra Valley, Jammu & Kashmir

Nubra Valley, Jammu & Kashmir 3.9 /5 View 8+ photos

Known For : Bactrian Camel Safari Panamik Village Yarab Tso, Sumur

32,192 active cases 15,552 in last 7 days

To the northeast of Leh, lies the blissful Nubra Valley. Standing on the rocks and watching the Shyok River will put you on a trip of its own. It’s one of those unrealistic places where the azure blue skies merge with the rivers and are a perfect contrast to the brown mountains. All you need is some psychedelic music and a trusted friend, and then watch how the colours change in time. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Best Time: June to September

6 Nubra Valley Attractions

12. Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim

Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim 4.4 /5 View 28+ photos

Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

Nestled in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, this sleepy little city is the capital of Sikkim. This tranquil delight has the most blissful scenic landscapes with the intimidating Kanchenjunga ranges booming in the vicinity. The serenity that clouds the place attracts a large crowd of hippies which is very visible in their yoga pants, coloured hair and not to forget the marijuana t-shirts! So come here and experience one of the best ‘trips’ you’ve ever had.

Best Time: Throughout the year

33 Gangtok Attractions

13. Mawlynnong, Shillong

Mawlynnong, Shillong 4.3 /5

Blessed with an enchanting aura and a fascinating culture, this small village is enclosed in Meghalaya or ‘the abode of clouds’. True to its name, the region is known for its cotton candy clouded skies and beautiful scenery. It is also known to be the cleanest village in Asia. The serene atmosphere in this little hamlet is perfect for your hippie self to plop yourself in a remote corner and connect with nature in the truest sense.

14. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - The Golden City 4.3 /5 View 38+ photos

Known For : Jaisalmer Fort Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Kuldhara Village

8,960 active cases 4,608 in last 7 days

The Golden City as it is known is famous for its rich heritage and culture. You can live like royalty inside the fort and experience the (in)famous Rajasthani lifestyle. Yes, I know that’s not what you want to do. Where you need to go to is the desert. Infinite, warm yet serene, it gives you a different kind of high altogether. So, wade through the dunes, lie down and drown in the sky full of stars.

Best Time: October to March

40 Jaisalmer Attractions

15. Idukki, Kerala - Eco-village in the western ghats

Idukki, Kerala - Eco-village in the western ghats 4.0 /5 View 39+ photos

Known For : Hill View Park Kulamavu Dam Idukki Arch Dam

35,168 active cases 25,344 in last 7 days

Home to the Anamudi peak, this rocky land is a favourite with the hippie crowd. Blessed with several rivers and surrounded by beautiful lush greenery, this district in Kerala is world-famous for its ‘pot’. Get some of that magic and head to the beautiful hill station of Munnar nearby and spend time exploring this magic. Though not the easiest of tasks, once you get it, you’ll know why it was all worth it.

Best Time: Throughout the year

37 Idukki Attractions

So, there you go. Next time you visit these places, don’t forget to chill! Happy travelling!

This post was published by Deepika Singhania

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