Definition - What does Hippie Trail mean?
The Hippie Trail was a popular road trip undertaken by co-called / self-proclaimed hippies in the 1960s and 1970s. The trail ran from Istanbul, to Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and into India.
Once in India, many pilgrims headed for Kashmir, Manali, or the beaches of Goa. Many adventurers on the hippie trail would also continue onward to Nepal. The main allure of the Hippie Trail was the readily available marijuana and hash.
Hydrolife explains Hippie Trail
The Hippie Trail traces back to cannabis advocates Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary, who initially headed up the busloads of travelers. As the years passed, many trail travelers opted to take their own vehicles or backpack the Hippie Trail. Public transport companies eventually sprang up as well, offering rides on cheap buses.
Along the Hippie Trail, there were spots that Westerners commonly stopped to grab a bite to eat, sleep, and enjoy the local cannabis. The journey ran for roughly 6,000 miles. The trail cut through high mountains, barren deserts, and rough roadways.
The main motivations for traveling the Hippie Trail was to seek a sense of freedom, adventure, expression, a hedonistic lifestyle, and to enjoy the ample marijuana that was available along the way. The route ran through virtually every major hashish hot spot in the world.
The Hippie Trail officially came to an end in 1979 when Islamic extremists become commonplace throughout the region and Russia went to war with Afghanistan.