known as the freak capital of the world, Anjuna is just
the right place for lazing holidaymakers. Besides the
calm waters of the Arabian Sea lapping softly on the
Indian shore, Anjuna comes live with its ever-famous
full-moon parties and the Wednesday flea market to take
one on to a trance trip.
Anjuna is a small village in north Goa, on the shores
of the Arabian Sea. It lies 18 km away from Panaji (the
old name for Panjim), the capital of Goa.
The key attractions of Anjuna Beach are the magnificent
Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920 (flanked by octagonal
towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof), the Mascarenhas
Mansion, and the Chapora Fort.
Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks
into a riot of colors. Lines of vehicles full of tourists
start virtually raising clouds of dust in this area.
Whatever one needs, from a used paperback to a haircut,
one would find it here. The flea market is a heaven
for hardcore shoppers and good bargainers, to bid on
wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets
and handicrafts, European snacks, cassettes of a noisy
brand of music called 'Goa Trance', artificial ornaments
carvings and T-shirts. An elephant ride and a photograph
with a fake sadhu or a fake snake charmer can also be
Acid House Party
Anjuna is also known for its full-moon (acid house)
parties. Held for and by young tourists, these parties
have attracted thousands of tourists. The trance party
with dance, frolic, and merriment goes all night besides
With riches and classic balcoes (balconies)
at Anjuna stands the monumental Mascarenhas Mansion.
The L-shaped seat along the length of the porch is of
expensive wood. It has some of the finest stained glass
Goa has a consistent climate throughout the year
with just meager fluctuations in the temperature. December
and January might require light woolens, but April and
May are warm. The period from June to October brings
heavy rain, almost up to 320 cm. The temperature during
the summers ranges from 24°C to 32.7°C and during
the winters it ranges from 21.3°C to 32.2°C.
of its pleasant climate, Anjuna can be visited at any
time of the year. However, tourists should beware the
heavy rainfall between June and October. The period
from November to February is the best time to visit
Anjuna Beach has been the haunt of the flower generation
in the sixties and is still popular with the younger
generation. It claimed popularity for its Trance Parties
and the Hippies who tried to synthesize the spiritual
traditions of the East and the art, ideas and the music
of the West. Sometime in the late 1950s to mid-1960s,
the area was "discovered" by a group of travelers,
including "Eight Finger Eddie, and a small
international psychedelic scene began to meet there
to party during the dry season.
In the vicinity of Anjuna are the Chapora Fort and
the Albuquerque Mansion. To the east is a mountain.
Anyone tired of the party and interested in returning
to civilization can climb the mountain to get to Baga
where one can catch a ferry out. Panjim too is not far
Chapora Fort gives a splendid view of the nearby Anjuna
and Vagator beaches. The fort has been well preserved
except a few interesting ruins. Once, it was a domain
of the Muslim rulers before the Portuguese wrested it.
In 1683, the Marathas hijacked three priests from the
Chapora Fort and made them Hindus.
AND DRESS CODE
The villages of Goa have a few things in common:
they will have at least one church with a square in
front of it where those who can still find the time
to do so meet and exchange news and views when sunset
settles on the land. In the morning, however, particularly
on a Sunday morning, the older men and women get into
dark suits and dresses, the younger women carry scarves
to cover their heads, and they go to church. Everyone
is welcome into a Goan church, provided one is suitably
The Wednesday flea market is a shoppers paradise,
where one can buy anything on a bargain.
Air: The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is
29 km away from Panaji and 47 km from Anjuna.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Karmali
11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.
Road: There are buses every hour to Anjuna from
Mapusa (8 km). For tourists arriving from Mumbai, Mapusa
is the jumping-off point for the northern beaches. There
are frequent local buses to Panaji, which is just 18
km away. One can also hire a motorcycle or a taxi from
Mapusa to reach Anjuna.
Swimming is dangerous at most of the beaches because
of the strong undercurrents. Consulting the lifeguards
is a must before venturing out into the waters.
trafficking is against the Indian law. Anyone found
in breach of the law could be awarded a lifetime imprisonment.
Also, nudity is against the local norms and traditions.
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