Hippies! There’s more to your hippie-life than San Francisco’s Summer of Love! Yes! There exist numerous places in the world where love and life are rife. We’ve got you a list of alternate destinations you could visit from that laid-back, green, hippie getaway you need!
1. Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Breathe in the fresh mountain air at the hippie central of the country and peace out. The valley includes some of the more popular destinations like Tosh, Kasol and Kheerganga, perfect for a trip with the gang. You could even go for one of the many treks organised in the area and check out the ‘green grass’ that’s spread across the place
2. Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
Naukuchital or ‘the lake of nine corners’ in Nainital is another one. A good time to visit this hill station is May when the Escape Festival of Art and Music takes place but it remains beautiful all year round. So do take a few days out of your busy schedule and head to Naukuchiatal.
3. Gokarna, Karnataka
Not in the mood for the mountains? Head to Gokarna and peace out with a couple of friends on the beaches of this sleepy town. Apart from the beaches, Gokarna has some beautiful temples that you must visit. You can even enjoy the water sports like parasailing, kayaking, snorkelling and baba boat rides in the peak season. Breathe in the good vibes 😉
4. Vattakanal, Tamil Nadu
Looking for something a bit more offbeat? Visit Kodaikanal’s less commercial sister, Vattakanal. A heavenly paradise of never-ending ‘green’ery and gorgeous foliage, Vattakanal is a perfect destination for a peaceful vacation in the mountains. Here are some other things you can do if you’re in Vattakanal.
5. Hampi, Karnataka
Take in some culture at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi. Though, it is known primarily for its historical relevance, it is lesser known as a great destination for a taste of the hippie culture as well. So enjoy a joint trip of great fun rolled in with an enriching, cultural experience at Hampi with its ancient boulders, temples and Anegundi the quiet hippie haven.
6. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Sick of visiting the same old places in Himachal Pradesh? Visit Bir Billing near Kangra for those mountain town feels. A hub for paragliding and hanggliding in the country, you can fly in more ways than one in this place! It’s also great for the spiritual vibes you’re looking for in the mountains. You can also visit the monasteries, tea gardens and the Tibetan Colony here.
Address: VPO Bir, Distt. Himachal, Teh Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh