PTI Press Trust India – December 4, 2010
German traveller takes route taken by
hippies in 60s
The road route
taken by the hippies from Germany to reach Anjuna in Goa way back in
the 60s was revisited by a German traveller last week to mark the
four-decade of the community''s arrival in this beach haven. Niels
Melves, 50, along with his wife and two children, arrived in Goa by
Volkswagen (VW) Bulli, a car-model that was hot-favourite with the
hippies in those days.
travelled for almost a month with his family before touching Goan
soil this week," Aurobindo A P G Xavier, President, Indo-German
Friendship Society, Goa, told PTI. The German traveller will lead
the symbolic motorcade drive from Panaji to Anjuna on December 8 as
part of the 3rd German Cultural Week planned in Goa. Hippies from
European countries first arrived here sometime in the mid-60s
putting Goa on world tourism map.
take a tedious road route that went through countries like Iraq,
Iran and Pakistan before entering Indian territory and then to Goa.
Xavier said that Germans have had trade relations with Goa since
16th century and they used to trade in horses, silk, spices and
Germans were the ones to introduce printing machines in Goa or for
that matter in India, he said. Some Germans made Goa as their home
after three ships in which they were travelling sunk off Mormugao
coast during Second World War in 1944.
here and got married to Goan women, Xavier said. Incidentally,
Germans account for the major chunk of tourists coming to Goa from
Motor rally for hippies in Goa
Blooms News Service - December 4,2010
Friendship Society (IGFS) Goa will be holding a rally along the
North Goa coastal stretch with V W Bulli – one of the forerunners of
the modern cargo and passenger van – to mark the arrival of Hippies
press conference to announce the 3rd Cultural Week beginning from
December 8, President Aurobindo Xavier said that the motor cart
rally will embark from Panaji to the beach town of Anjuna – where
Hippies first settled in mid-60s.
German to start the Hippy culture in Goa was some 65 to 70 years
ago. To mark this occasion, a German native is traveling to Goa via
land route,” he said.
Niels Melves along with his family will be arriving Goa after
crossing Iraq, Persia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in a
Volkswagen Bulli car via land route.
settlers in Goa will join the rally along with many other Goan
residents. We have invited German Consulate General in Mumbai to
grace the event, but the presence is uncertain as of now,” Xavier
said replying to a query on attendees at the rally.
event will have round table conference on environmental issues in
Goa, presentation on Indo-German friendship, guided visit to the
factory of the German Company Siemens in Goa and others.
launched in Goa in 2006 to strengthen the friendship between Germany
and India, especially Goa.