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Do you know about the exciting hippie trail that existed in 1960s and 1970s from Australia to India? 

By
Amit Sarwal
Published on
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 16:46
File size
4 MB
Duration
8 min 47 sec

During the 1960s and 1970s a lot of young Australians followed their contemporaries in search of counterculture and peace. This search to forget the war and materialism of the West lead most of them on a romantic journey in the ancient cities and beaches of India.

 

According to Dr. Agnieszka Sobocinska, Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University: the hippies imagined India as the opposite of West - if the West was boring, India was exciting; if the West was grey and bland, India was imagined as full of colour and excitement - an amazing technicolour sort of place!