Check out Anjuna flea market for an amazing experience
If you want to see the perfect combination of east meets west in India, you simply have to check out the flea market at Anjuna, which is situated in the northern part of Goa. Conveniently located on the main Anjuna beach itself, this flea market has a great feel, unlike any other.
Originally initiated in the 60’s by western hippies who had no money, but wanted to stay longer in Goa, the Anjuna flea market is now dominated by Indians from all over, including Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka. There are still, although, a lot of foreigners continuing the tradition of hawking personal belongings for a longer stay in Goa.
Apart from the regular stuff like clothes and jewellery, one will find a plethora of goods ranging from musical instruments to motorbikes. These, of course are sold by the foreigners. The Indian and Nepali traders sell their local wares, and if one is interested in buying something from them, they should be in for a couple of rounds of hardcore bargaining, as most of the stuff here is aimed at rich foreign tourists. One can usually get at least half the price off most products, if not more. Another thing to be cautious about is one’s wallet, as there are quite a few cases of theft at the market.
The flea market, which takes place every Wednesday, is now a popular destination amongst everyone visiting Goa. The peak season is during the period between October and April. The market starts at around 9 am and shuts down long after the sunsets. So if you are visiting Goa, put on your best bargaining face, and experience the phenomenon that is the Anjuna flea market.