Goa is not an island!
The history of tourism in Goa began in the middle of the 70s, when representatives began to flow into the state from all over the world "gold" Youth of that time, hippies attracted by the flavor of Indian culture and the soft climate of Goa. Although tourists, in the modern understanding of this word, hippie the mid-70s call it difficult. Often in India, they went on foot from Europe through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, having no money or accurate cards, using passing transport, spending on the road for about a month and more. They gathered together, listened to music, danced, bathed, took LSD, serenely penetrating the tranquility of wild beaches. Traveling to Goa smoothly flowed on a trip throughout India, then Southeast Asia, and then traces "Distributions 70s" lost in Australia or in the mountains of Himalayas. Some of them remained in Goa to live, building bungalows from palm leaves and bamboo. Drinking by various oriental cults, practicing yoga, they did not leave hospitable coarse years. Some hippies remaining in Goa, even deserved honorary spiritual title "woman", What means "enlightened", That is a person who by long spiritual practices has achieved high results in the knowledge of himself and the world.
And today in Goa, you can find older people dressed in the style of the 70s, which well remember how Goa looked into the flourishing hippie. In their opinion, a little changed here, except for the tourist "More resort", that is, arriving for a short time and exclusively for rest, and not for the sake of spiritual search, as they did sometime. In their memories, there are notes of nostalgia about the past sense of the fraternity, about the friendly communes, from which there is no longer left and the trace. "However, the most beautiful is here and now", – They celebrate, sipping freshly squeezed juices in a popular one for several decades "JUICE CENTRE" in Chapor.
The best time to visit Goa – from October to March. The rest of the months are raining, the humidity of the air is strongly increased, the water in the sea becomes yellow from sand and sluggains brought by wastewater. Tourist life in Goa freezes, and even some local leave for the north of India, less affected by the monsoon climate.
Goa Today is a dozen villages on the coast of the Arabian Sea, in which cultural life boils. The joke is common here: "Goa is not an island!". Charter flights delivering tourists straight to Goa Airport, can create an illusion that it is a small beautiful island, where good and fun. Indeed, Goa is not an island, but an Indian state, although quite small. Conditionally divided into the North and South. And if South Goa is well known for its fashionable hotels and expensive restaurants, then North Goa is the world "wild" Tourist with cheap guesthouses, cafes and camping places. It is the North Goa who is more popular among young people who prefers freedom of choice with fenced territories of top-class hotels.
Holidays in Goa takes place in motion in the literal sense of the word. Morning can begin in Champore behind a glass of fresh juice, then vacationers travel around the beaches, in the evening – dinner, perhaps in the other end of Goa, and, finally, a party with a trans will be gathering in the peak of the tourist season to 1000 people. Many cafes work here around the clock, there is almost always a choice where to go where to spend the evening or night. The presence of choice is, perhaps, the most important advantage of resting in Goa. Nobody here is fixed in any particular beach, nor for a specific hotel.
For such movements, it is convenient to rent a scooter or a motorcycle, which, however, all make. During the day, the scooter will cost approximately 200 Indian rupees (150 rubles), and the motorcycle is slightly expensive. Although gasoline prices are approximately two times higher than Russian, but due to short distances of the full tank may be enough for a week. For Indian Road Police Tourist driving Motobike – a favorite violator. The tourist is either no international rights, or no helmet, but there is money to pay high penalties. From such stories, tourists are released, who can: someone says that she is lucky in a dying friend, someone hurries to the airport, someone turns empty pockets: "No money let go, please!" And someone just ignores the call of a policeman, trying to drive around the cordon at roads and ravines and ravines. Different options for communication with the road police are suitable, but if nevertheless did not pass one, and the police insist on the fine, then it is appropriate to bargain here and knock down the amount from 1000 rupees to 100 – a classic scheme in India.
If we talk more about the peculiarities of certain places "Dislocations" tourists, first of all it should be noted Arjuna. This is the center of life in Goa. Here are the latest news, here are two popular nightclubs "Dolce Vita" and "Paradise", here a lively beach and on environments is carried out "Arjuna Market", where you can buy Indian souvenirs, clothes, silver, musical discs and much more.
Arabol Beach is the complete opposite of Arjuna by atmosphere and location. It is almost an extreme northern point Goa 30 km from Arjuna. The atmosphere of rest reigns here, there is no lively movement here, but there is a long beach and a lot of cozy cafes on the coast, where ethnic concerts are arranged in the evenings.
In Chapera, there is no own beach, but there is a center where a variety of juices squeeze and make Milkcheki. Freshly squeezed juices can also be drunk in any other institution Goa, but a chapor – a generally accepted favorite in this matter. The prices here are some of the lowest. Almost everyone in Goa visits once a day "JUICE CENTRE" In Champore.
Another interesting place is the beach of Mordim, which is approximately in the middle between Arjuna and Arabball. In Goa Mordizhny "Russian village". About 80% of tourists here are Russian. In the village there are many Russian cafes offering in the menu in Russian Borsch, dumplings and pancakes. Russians are rapidly mastering the expanses of Goa, and Indian traders carefully replenish their lexicon with Russian words "look", "how are you" and "cheap", And the Russians are calculated accurately and from afar. Indians love generous Russians who are not traded for a long time, but they buy a lot and thoroughly. "Walk so walk" – it’s about Russians in goa. In the other parts of India, a meeting with Russian – a rarity. The beaches of the promoted Goa attract our compatriots much more than "Unknown and Abyss" other india stretching their "Debrist" beyond the borders of a clear and fun state.
Not uncommon in Goa and Russians, who, once arrived to rest for a month or two, remained for several years. This is a special caste of our compatriots, they rarely be found on the beaches or in popular clubs. Their skin is paler than could be, their motorcycles with a large volume of the engine, their homes are in removal from the sea. Sometimes they are rented for a year big houses, which are then renting for their compatriots. It is Russians that reduced the shortage of cheese in Goa, firmly taking a niche of producers of this product from a packaged Indian milk. Russian busy and in the restaurant business. Recent times "Russian menu" Popular and in demand. Once every six months, they go to Nepal to extend their Indian visa there, or their visa has long been overdue, which is why the stay in India becomes intimate. After all, leaving India with an overdue year or two visa, you can permanently lose the opportunity to see the golden sands again "Islands Goa".
The evolution of Goa is similar to the evolution of other places in the world, once wild and lost. On the eve of the celebration of 2007 on Indian state television, they announced that the best place to celebrate the New Year in India is Goa. You need to understand the mentality of the Indian, which perceives the signals from above as a call to action. At the end of December, the unprecedented number of Indians arrived in Goa, whom Western tourists call "Local Pipla", (from english. Local – local). Indian tourist does not always get along well with Europeans because of a peculiar attitude to rest. On the beaches it was possible to see large groups of Indian men, with the interest of treating Europeans vacationers, or rather, eurrects in swimsuits. In India, women do not undress publicly, and if they are bathed, then only in sari or in wide dresses. Indian men’s interest often heels alcohol. And although open conflicts happen extremely rarely, Europeans who often stayed in Arjuna, this year left the spaces based and moved to other beaches of Goa. Arjuna from the center of cultural life of Goa has turned into a center for the localization of Indian tourists.
Today in Goa there are no friendly hippov communes and the former brotherhood of the previous visitors Goa. Now there are many tourists here, tourists of various. But, of course, Goa is freedom of choice, freedom in organizing its recreation and time among the same people who have been involved in the balanced schedule of events of organized departure on a ticket to spontaneous and unpredictable pastime in Goa.