Exploring the Historical Hippie Trail of the 70s

The hippie trail was the popular overland voyage undertaken by the members of the hippie subculture as well as other travelers between Europe and South East Asia. It became popular from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s and was a form of cost-friendly travel.

The greater trail introduced many westerners to the South Asia milieu. Today, many of those who came and never left still live in peace, reminiscing the past.

Hippie Culture

Hippie culture signifies a liberal counterculture, originally a youth movement that started in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world.

The foundation of Hippie culture started from the idea of unattached living which resembles the that lifestyle of ascetics or ‘Sanyasis’ from India. The trend of adopting Hippie lifestyle started in the 60s among many American and European youngsters. They started living communally and followed the common practices of meditation and non-violent movements. Though, they were frowned upon by the others for their different lifestyle choices, the Hippies claim it to be a transcendent experience. Let’s all thank them for influencing and revolutionizing the art and fashion of the 70s.

Hippies posing in front of the Hippie bus at Afghanistan

Hippies posing in front of the Hippie bus at Afghanistan

The emergence of finding lesser politically active destinations for traveling brought them to the Hippi trail, which began at Europe, passed through Middle east and ended at South Asia. The then middle east and South Asia was more open for the incoming tourists and were less influenced by the conservative political views against the Hippies.

[Read Thamel -Hipsters’ Mecca]

Hippie Trail

The trail generally started from the Europe, mainly from the cities of Copenhagen, London, Paris, Amsterdam etc and passed through the Middle East to South Asia. Bangkok, Goa and Kathmandu were usual destinations in the end.

Traveling to Nepal by road from London. Its going to be take 7500+ miles ( 12,200+ Kilometers), 33 cities, 14 countries & many cultures.

Hippie Trail

Hippie Trail



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