Popularly 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
Wednesday Flea Market
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 haven 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 found here.
The 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 the fire.
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 floral etchings.
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.
Because 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.
HISTORY OF POPULARITY
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 away.
The 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
TRADITION 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 dressed.
The Wednesday flea market is a shoppers’ paradise, where one can buy anything on a bargain.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji and 47 km from Anjuna.
The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.
DO’s AND DON’Ts
Drug 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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