Does registration include accommodation?
NO! Interhash registration never includes accommodation. Inclusions are mentioned on the website. You have to book your own accommodation for the event. We are working on discounted rates with the hash hotel Dona Sylvia, details of which will be posted shortly, but there are other hotels catering to all budgets around the venue that you can consider too.
The registration link mentions a dollar value, not INR, why?
Since this is an Interhash, the value is fixed at a USD amount.
What is the Red dress run?
The Red dress run on the 10th of Nov is a tradition one day before every Interhash. It is optional and at an additional rego of USD 65. It is however worth every penny not only because proceeds go to charity but because it is a wonderful experience in itself, literally painting Goa red with outrageous red attire! We recommend it as a must-do!
What are the dates of Goa Interhash 2022?
11th to 13th November 2022 and red dress run on 10th November 2022.
What is Goa?
Goa was a colony of Portugal for 450 years. It was “discovered” by that inveterate Hasher Vasco da Gama in 1510. When India threw the Poms out in 1947, Goa remained Portuguese. It was gobbled up by the Indian army with almost no resistance in 1961, and became a Union Territory. Goa achieved full-fledged status as a State in 1987.
Area: 3700 sq km (1428 sq mi), roughly the size of the US state of Rhode Island or the ACT in Australia. It is by far India’s smallest state. Capital: Panaji (the locals call it Panjim). Population (1991): 1,168,600.
Where is Goa?
On the southwestern coast of India (the Malabar Coast). This part of the Indian Ocean is called the Arabian Sea. Goa is 580 km south of Bombay (Mumbai), 600 km northwest of Bangalore, 900 km northwest of Madras (Chennai), and 1900km south of Delhi. If you can’t find it on a map, look for the name of its capital, the town of Panaji (Panjim).
Do I need a visa to go to India?
Yes! The only nation whose citizens do not need a visa to visit India is Nepal. You can download visa application forms from the Net. Use the link for more information. And by the way, Hashers coming from Africa have to have yellow fever certificates. And please be mindful of the covid vaccination requirements during your travel dates.
What language is spoken in Goa?
Several. The local language is Konkani, an impossibly difficult language to learn. Portuguese is still spoken by the elite, but is not understood by the common people. Marathi and Hindi are widely spoken. Because Goa thrives on tourism, almost every Goan speaks at least a smattering of English.
What about food? Can you get hamburgers in Goa?
Goans are fond of all kinds of food. Beef, the nemesis of serious Hindus, is devoured quite happily in Goa, where the populace is largely Christian. The food we put on will be local, and you’ll thank us for that because it’s bloody great. Just wait till you tuck into the seafood that makes Goan cuisine world famous. Then there’s pork vindaloo, xacuti, and balchao. Veggie food, of course, is always available in India. And Goans fuss over their food. It has to look good as well as taste great!
What’s the deal with taxis in Goa?
Like in other Indian places, taxis are found only at large hotels, train stations and airports. They don’t cruise around. But auto rickshaws (referred to simply as “autos” in India), which can carry 3-4 skinny Hashers or 2 fat bastards, are ubiquitous, plentiful and very cheap. Our intention of chartering a fleet of these things has proved impossible because of union regulations, but you can still hire them everywhere.
How else can I get around?
Goa is the cheapest place in the entire world to hire a motorbike. And breezing around on a two-wheeler is also the best way to experience this tropical paradise. You can hire anything from a dirt-cheap 50cc moped to a 350cc British Enfield. A 100cc Japanese bike goes for around 200 rupees per day — that’s about US$5.00!
Push bikes are available dirt cheap and you can ride these down the beach.
And we will of course charter a large fleet of buses to convey Hashers to the run sites and to shuttle Hashers between their hotels and the main venue.
I hear that Indian roads are narrow and dangerous. Will this affect getting from our hotels to the runs and the main venue?
Narrow, yes. Dangerous, no. You can’t really attain speeds fast enough to qualify as dangerous in Goa. But you want a straight answer to a straight question: yes, moving large numbers of buses efficiently is definitely constrained by narrow roads.
One solution is to use smaller buses, and this is exactly what we plan to do.
Another solution is to eliminate them altogether. Here’s what we propose. Interhash venues have traditionally centred on cities or traditional tourist belts. Goa is different. Goa is rural. The big 5-star hotels of South Goa, where we will hold the event, are islands in a rural landscape. Assume you’re staying in one of the big hotels. You simply stroll down to your lobby, throw the room key at the desk, roll out front, and that’s it. The run starts there. No bus. No hassle. One of the greatest things about Goa is that you can set a run anywhere at all. The whole place is shiggy, rice fields and jungle – perfect for Hashing!
We expect that many Hashers will opt for these “hotel” runs on Sunday because of serious hangovers. Your choice!
Please understand that the option of the “hotel runs” is for your convenience and not because we can’t find enough buses. Goa has heaps of buses and no stupid laws against drinking on them !
Tell us about the runs.
We will set 15 runs. Most will be in the short to medium range. Some will be very laid back indeed. We will publish details of each run on this website very soon. As promised, Goa Interhash 2022 will be a “Back to Basics” affair.
What about cheap accommodation?
Goa is probably the cheapest place to sleep on earth. For those who want or need it, 5 (and 4 and 3 and 2 and 1) star accommodation is abundant. But for Hashers who just want a comfortable place to sleep after a good day’s debauch, Goa can’t be beat!
Is the bird-watching any good in Goa?
Yes, in fact it’s bloody remarkable. It’s not just coincidence that our sponsored beer is Kingfisher! These iridescent creatures are everywhere, several species. And there are orioles, flycatchers, kites, eagles, hoopoes, bee-eaters — millions of them.
Is Goan music digestible?
Definitely. For those who recoil at the thought of the frantic screeching associated with Hindi movies, relax. To quote from David Abram’s Goa: the Rough Guide (highly recommended reading by the way), “Underpinning the Portuguese-style melodies are conga-driven African and Caribbean rhythms, Brazilian syncopations, and almost Polynesian-sounding harmonies. The only part of the world Konkani pop sounds like it doesn’t come from is India.” We will provide some live Goan music and entertainment as a prelude to the Hash Acts, so you’ll get a taste of what we’re talking about.
Isn’t public booze considered evil in India?
Au contraire. In fact, the easy availability and low cost/tax-free status of beers and spirits in Goa are what attract domestic tourists. And it’s worth mentioning that Goa has more than 60,000 registered alcoholics — way above the national average! Goa is a natural for Hashers!
We’ll provide all the beer you can eat, but just to give you an idea of how Goan froth flows, a 650 ml bottle cost about US $0.75 in a shop. A tinnie is even cheaper. A litre of wonderful dark rum goes for $2. And then there’s feni, the local firewater, which is distilled from either cashew or coconut. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s also dirt cheap!
Is it legal to drink on buses? What time do the pubs close?
In Goa, you’re expected to get pissed constantly! (Hear that, Hamersley?) If a cop catches you without a beer he’ll probably direct you to the nearest pub! Drinking on the buses? Hell, you can drink while driving, never mind riding! And no such monstrosity as closing time exists — booze is available 24 hours a day in Goa!