Journey Two / Chapter 14

Goa

September 2016

A quick visual overview of one of the more peculiar states of India - the Goa. Is it just a party capital of India as it is usually known in the west, or does it have anything valuable to offer historically and culturally?

Goa is one of the smallest states in India, but one few commonly known by name in the west. That is because Goa used to be known as a party capital of India, and one of the best spots on the planet where to head for proper beach parties and everything involved, especially if you’re into psychedelic or electronic dance music. But is it still true? I am afraid not. After spending one month in Goa I can safely say this is no more the alternative party destination it used to be. Due to many crackdowns on the alternative culture that developed around by Indian government in recent years, but also due to rise of popularity of similar centres in different places around the world, the true party culture is long but dead. Gone are the all night crazy beach parties. Gone is the alternative culture of psychedelic electro. And if something happens now and then, its relatively mild and hidden away. Instead most places are full of major discotheques that play the average mainstream commercial tune, with clientele more Indian than International. Nothing worth travelling so far on its own.

But Goa has different side, and if you’re here not just for beaches and partying, it is a lovely place to see. Being a Portuguese colony to compare with rest of India, and loosing status of colony as a last state in India, the influence of colonialism is way more prominent than in other states. The state is generally way more clean, streets way calmer and people way nicer than in surrounding states. It is the only state in India where major religion is Christianity. There are heaps of old Portuguese forts, churches and architecture to see and marvel upon. But see for yourself.