Ten Trippy places to visit in India 

5th Aug 2014
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  1/7 by Dipu Darko
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  2/7 by Dipu Darko
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  3/7 by Dipu Darko
Kheer ganga
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  4/7 by Dipu Darko
Morjim, Goa
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  5/7 by Dipu Darko
Nubra Valley
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  6/7 by Dipu Darko
Photo of Ten Trippy places to visit in India  7/7 by Dipu Darko
Allepey, Kerala

Someone once said that being in India feels like tripping in the sixties and by that he meant it’s still got that hippie vibe. I didn’t understand it then but after travelling extensively I’ve figured this theory in bits and pieces. Especially if you’re travelling through Rajasthan, Goa or Himachal you’d experience the freewheeling nature of hippie-dom more deeply. Ofcourse we have plenty of ‘designer’ hippies these days; but what he meant was these places still celebrate the free spirit and throw in a few glorious herbs and you’ve landed your own counterculture moment.Not to mention that our ancient religions celebrated this joiye de vivre and cultivated the lightness of being to the core but barring all philosophies I’ve compiled a list of ten trippy places where you can truly unleash your inner spirit and get high with all the surreal vibes.

Nubra Valley

A little north east of Ladakh lies the gorgeous Nubra valley. Someone who’d recently gone there told me it’s a real trip just standing on the rocks and watching the mighty Shyok river. It’s the land where you can view the best sunsets in the world, time actually pauses for months and the skies merge with the rivers. It’s unreal to imagine such beauty in the coldest desert of the country but it’s mind boggling to just sit and absorb all this gorgeousness 360 degrees throughout the year. Sometimes you feel you’re inside a dream within a dream where the blue is so blue that you go dizzy just seeing it.

Photo of Nubra Valley by Dipu Darko

Kheer ganga and Parvati Valley

The Parvati valley is indeed the abode of the Gods. First of all there’s nothing more pristine than the Himalayas and secondly the air up there is something else. Really? You bet! But more than that, this lovely hamlet is a huge draw on the rave circuit. So if you like your trance and EDM take that bus up the mountains and bring on the music. The hills do come alive here and the sound of music is fecking unbelievable (not to mention the accompanying herbs that come along) It’s all ‘natural’ in the end and that’s why we love it.

Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Dipu Darko


You can actually live inside the fort in Jaisalmer and pretend you are a princess from your favorite fairytale. The fort is a living, breathing functional city and right in the middle of the night you can peep out of your little castle window and watch the stars crumble. Jaisalmer does feel very Arabian nightesque and if the sea and the mountains maintain their distinctiveness then the desert is not far behind. There is something infinite about the desert, the warm wind and the patient animals. Wading through the sand dunes and lying down on your back is something else when you know the next city is miles and miles away.

Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Dipu Darko


It falls under transformative spaces where by day it’s mystical and enchanting and by night it’s silent and spooky. This picturesque hamlet sits on a hilltop and boycotts cars and electronic vehicles all together. Well, so either you walk up the hill or even better ride a horse. You could cover the entire town in a day and later realize that the lovely British style bungalow you passed has shifted someplace else by night. Like, literally. Now, if you get what I mean, it’s trippy in that bizarre scary way, but oh so beautiful never the less.

Photo of Matheran, Maharashtra, India by Dipu Darko

Ok we all know Goa is done to death and that techno and EDM have burned North Goa from the nineties and sometime you wonder what’s become of this beautiful beachy paradise like, seriously? But then you stumble upon a precious gem and discover unique experiences within close range. I guess that’s what happened in Morjim. Of course the nuanced psy trance and house that was playing in the cafes reminded me of the hey days, but Morjim sets the tone for a more chilled and non touristy vibe.

Photo of Morjim, Goa, India by Dipu Darko


Gokarna was always there but it remained distant and isolated for a long time and for the right reasons. No one wants it to become the next Palolem or the next Baga; locals and patrons want to keep it fresh and non touristy. Barring a few beaches it does feel remote and far out but that’s what the trippy traveler wants and no amount of commercialization can take away its ‘rawness’ that’s Gokarna. It’s raw, grimy and bit shoddy but it grows on you and does does strange things to your mind.

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Dipu Darko

Hampi is a trip! Why? Coz it’s literally out of this world with its gigantic boulder sprawl and it’s Sci Fi like ghost township. Massive, bold and surreal are some of the words that come to mind when one describes this ghost town. Tucked between gigantic boulders and a mighty river this rocky landscape is gorgeous. Go rock climbing, river rafting or day tripping along the rocks and you’ll feel high and top of the world. We did bouldering for two days and had the time of our lives.Cross the river and stay in colorful tents and remember to smoke a few totes at the very trippy Evergreen Café. Look around and you might just spot a mermaid.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Dipu Darko

Aleppy is a drug for the mind, body and soul. The backwaters are a quiet balm and the cool currents massage all your soreness away. An idyllic two day stay in a house boat is well worth the effort and as the boat strays towards narrow brooks and streams one can laze back and dream of faeries far, far away. I truly enjoyed my time in the houseboat and the calm atmosphere of the mystic river. It’s a bit of magic and an awesome vibe to match.

Photo of Alappuzha, Kerala, India by Dipu Darko


Dubbed as Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynlong couple of hours from Shillong is purity in essence and form. From the time you descend on this little hamlet you know you’ve come to a white field where the aura is fresh and clean. Unlike other hill stations and forest reserves Mawlynlong sometimes feel prehistoric as there’s no evidence of any modern setup, which is great coz you can truly connect with mother nature and experience the omnipresent surreal vibes besides gasping at the panoramic sights from Sky View a viewing portal the highest point in the region. The amazing root bridges make you feel like a Lord of the Rings character and maybe you might just bump into a hobbit!

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Dipu Darko


A world heritage site, this picaresque town in Arunachal beckons the thirsty traveler yearning for novel vibes. I haven’t been there as yet but from what I’ve heard the grass couldn’t be more greener than the egg blue skies. Again pure in essence and structure the town is ancient and is home to the Apatani tribe. Its trippy coz if you’re constantly living in the city amidst concrete and cement then you must takeoff to this pristine clime and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul all at once. Nothing can match the greenery or the beauty of Ziro. It’s still untouched.

Photo of Ziro by Dipu Darko
Related to this article
Places to Stay in Asia,Places to Visit in Asia,Things to Do in Asia,Asia Travel Guide,Things to Do in India,Places to Stay in India,Places to Visit in India,India Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Hunder,Places to Visit in Hunder,Places to Stay in Hunder,Things to Do in Hunder,Hunder Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Leh,Places to Visit in Leh,Places to Stay in Leh,Things to Do in Leh,Leh Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Jammu and kashmir,Places to Stay in Jammu and kashmir,Things to Do in Jammu and kashmir,Jammu and kashmir Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kasol,Places to Stay in Kasol,Places to Visit in Kasol,Things to Do in Kasol,Kasol Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Kullu,Places to Visit in Kullu,Places to Stay in Kullu,Things to Do in Kullu,Kullu Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Himachal pradesh,Places to Stay in Himachal pradesh,Things to Do in Himachal pradesh,Himachal pradesh Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Jaisalmer,Places to Stay in Jaisalmer,Places to Visit in Jaisalmer,Things to Do in Jaisalmer,Jaisalmer Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Rajasthan,Places to Visit in Rajasthan,Things to Do in Rajasthan,Rajasthan Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Matheran,Places to Visit in Matheran,Places to Stay in Matheran,Things to Do in Matheran,Matheran Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Raigad,Places to Visit in Raigad,Places to Stay in Raigad,Things to Do in Raigad,Raigad Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Maharashtra,Places to Stay in Maharashtra,Things to Do in Maharashtra,Maharashtra Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Morjim,Places to Visit in Morjim,Places to Stay in Morjim,Things to Do in Morjim,Morjim Travel Guide,Places to Stay in North goa,Places to Visit in North goa,Things to Do in North goa,Weekend Getaways from North goa,North goa Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Goa,Places to Visit in Goa,Things to Do in Goa,Goa Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Gokarna,Places to Visit in Gokarna,Places to Stay in Gokarna,Things to Do in Gokarna,Gokarna Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Uttara kannada,Things to Do in Uttara kannada,Uttara kannada Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Uttara kannada,Places to Visit in Uttara kannada,Places to Visit in Karnataka,Places to Stay in Karnataka,Things to Do in Karnataka,Karnataka Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Hampi,Places to Visit in Hampi,Places to Stay in Hampi,Things to Do in Hampi,Hampi Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Bellary,Places to Visit in Bellary,Things to Do in Bellary,Bellary Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Bellary,Weekend Getaways from Alappuzha,Places to Visit in Alappuzha,Places to Stay in Alappuzha,Things to Do in Alappuzha,Alappuzha Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Kerala,Places to Stay in Kerala,Things to Do in Kerala,Kerala Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Mawlynnong,Places to Visit in Mawlynnong,Places to Stay in Mawlynnong,Things to Do in Mawlynnong,Mawlynnong Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from East khasi hills,Places to Visit in East khasi hills,Places to Stay in East khasi hills,Things to Do in East khasi hills,East khasi hills Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Meghalaya,Places to Stay in Meghalaya,Things to Do in Meghalaya,Meghalaya Travel Guide,