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This a warning that is to be taken very seriously. Never reveal your true nationality to any strangers when youre being asked, except to the authorities, as Anti-Israel sentiments run high among a few classes of people because of Israel-Palestinian conflict and unfortunately you might be a victim of hatred. Always be in big groups and avoid being alone. If you see any suspicious person inform the authorities immediately. HELPLINE NUMBER IS 100.
On high season such as New Year be very cautious.
Never make a mistake of sharing rooms with unknown persons or casual acquaintences whom you must have made ( Say in a bus/train/restaurant ) as there ae chances that they could land you up in trouble ! There have been a few cases where innocent tourist have been robbed, molested or cheated by these unknown roomates ! So Be cautious !
You will come across a few people in beaches (Esp males) who insist they would offer you a massage at a low price or even for free! They would often keep a small pocket diary containing remarks of people who availed their sevices and would often show! These people come from other states or even a few of them "Far away Goan locals". Their main motive is to fulfil their lust for WHITE SKIN and lay their hands over the same and have pleasure under the cover of massage! If you're being forced, take the help of shack owners. Do not encourage these people!
The shacks have their own masseurs and it is advisable to avail their service.
Another big Menence that exists in Goa are these "MOTORBIKE MUGGERS". They are usually people from other states and also a sizable population of Local Goan teens who try to imitate "HELLS ANGELS" ! These gangs come in huge numbers say 20-30 bikes or even much more at a time and are infamous for doing all types of crimes such as bag-snatching, pinching, harrassing women tourist, pulling off tops of women tourist or in some cases stabbing just for fun. This menence gets more during high season like christmas and new year. So Travellers especially women and young couples should be very careful. If you see a stream of bikes coming towards you, just sneak in to any adjoining restaurants/homes and wait for the bikers to leave.
Junkies or Hippies whatever they are called, they can be found in Goa in small groups esp in the Northern side at rave / trance party spots or in sceduled places near the coastal villages. They could be seen wearing Lowsy and shabby clothes, with wierd tatoos and hairstyles and are drug craze.
Though most of them are harmless, some could get very annoying and aggressive and can put you into serious trouble. Use your own discretion before befriending them.
These people are the first ones to be searched by the police for any drugs and if they are caught with possession of the same, The cops would drag you along with these guys for being a part of the drug bandwagon.
Bottomline: If youre a straight forward person with an attitude...AVOID THESE PEOPLE.
I HAVE EDITED THE ORIGINAL IMAGE TO PROTECT THEIR IDENTITIES. BUT YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE HOW THEY LOOK LIKE, HOW THEY DRESS UP.
NOTE: Not everyone who dresses up like the way I had mentioned above are JUNKIES. Some might just try to imitate.
There are a few spots in some beaches that have deep trenches as shown in the diagram. Do not to rush into the sea hurriedly out of excitement as some people might be unaware & could slip into it thereby causing bruises and injuries by sharp rocks inside.
As far as I know, theres one such spot in Anjuna beach. There might be a few in some other beaches too. So Take care.
Note: This picture is drawn by me just for illustration. I am not that good at Drawing *blushes*
Goa is neither a French Riviera nor Spanish Mallorca. So people have to respect the local customs to avoid being frowned upon. As far as possible avoid topless sunbathing or swimming in beaches like Calangute or any other beach for that matter esp on Sundays or when families or a group of Indian men are there as it will attract unwanted stares or worst comes worst get photographed(from Indian Men) or mobbed.
IF U FEEL THAT A GROUP OF INDIAN MEN MIGHT HARRASS YOU, SCREAM AND TAKE HELP OF THE SHACK-OWNERS. SECONDLY IF YOU SEE ANY INDIAN MEN POINTING THEIR CAMERA TOWARDS YOU, SAME THING, CALL THE SHACK OWNERS OR SMASH THEIR CAMERAS.
If you really want to sunbathe Topless, then go for bigger beach shacks in Anjuna as they have an upper deck built on the roof so you can enjoy sunbathing without someone ogling at you. Secondly do not sunbath far away from the shacks as the chances of getting harrased is more.
SAFE WAY OUT: If you want more privacy and enjoy an undisturbed sunbathing, stay in hotels that have private beaches as that particular part of the beach is ONLY for the occupants of those hotels.
This is a warning many people tend to ignore. Sometimes at night time on your way back to your room from a party spot or vice versa(esp in the coastal village side) , you might find people in the middle of the road asking for a lift. These people are mostly from other states, some poor locals ( who give a helping hand ) or even forigeners in some very rare cases who are desperate for money either to go back home or to extend their stay and they operate in a well organised manner. Sometimes they even use beautiful girls(wearing skimpy, seducing and inviting outfit) as a bait who are also a part of this modus operandi .Never get tempted to give lift to such unknown strangers as there are chances they might guide you to a sceduled place where their friends will already be waiting for and you might be robbed of everything from your money to your motorbike and left alone on your fate. There are many sceduled roads which forigeners might be unaware of and at nighttimes these places have no lights and is pitch dark.
Bottomline: If you spot anyone asking for a lift, dont stop......Just move on...........
Note: Such incidences are very very rare, but yet why take a chance. As it is always said, prevention is better than cure.
While buying eatables like biscuits, chips & other FMCG eatables and juices or while buying medicnes check for the expiry date. In some eatables like biscuits, only the manufacture date is given and it would be mentioned best before. Some shops esp in the coastal village side keep stocks of these goods beyond the expiry date. In city side you would get a genuine stuff.
Also while buying mineral water, check for any dirt particles as sometimes they fill in tap water and seal it in such a way that it looks like a new one.
Sometimes when youre travelling by a bus or a train, you will come across people ( Fellow travellers) who would offer you eatables for taste. Also during festivals, some people(Strangers with some evil intention) might force you to eat 'PRASAD' (Small sweets that is distributed after perfoming rituals to various Hindu Idols) or during Christmas you would be offered Goan sweets like cakes, bebinca, dodol etc.
It would be recommended not to accept anything from such strangers as it might contain some intoxicating substance which could put you off to sleep and you will be CLEAN SHAVED of all your valubles including your passport, travellers cheques, cash.
If any family people offer you anything, then its absolutely no problem in having it but yet use your own discretion.
Bottomline: This could happen anytime, anywhere.
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