In fact, Goa Tourism has turned into a vital part of the way of life in Goa. Tourism in Goa has built up a worldwide reputation in the 1960s as one of the prime stops on the unbelievable India-Nepal "flower child trail". In the mid-1960s, the famous 'Eight Finger Eddie', including a few Westerners, strolled over the slope to Calangute, and chose to make a group for Westerners. In the early years, Baga and Calangute were the focal point of this scene; however, it evolved over the years to incorporate other adjacent urban areas like Anjuna Beach, which got to be, apparently still is, the focal point of the Western youth culture of Goa. By the mid-1980s, there were more than 8000 Westerners living in Goa, for the most part from Western Europe. The scene was set apart by medication society, stupor music and free love. Goa remains today a universal focal point of the youth culture.
Beginning in the late 1990s, Goa started to draw in a more "upscale" group of onlookers, which thus, drove costs up, and consequently drove numerous "hippie" groups to different less-costly zones. Arambol - the coastal community furthest from "human advancement", such as power and running water supply - turned into the focal point of a fight between those needing to transform Goa into a more customary upscale resort destination, and those needing Goa to hold its conventional countercultural outlook.