The party’s over at Goa’s beaches


The popular Indian holiday state of Goa has announced a ban on dance bars, further restricting the party scene in a destination once famous as a paradise for ravers.

The state has progressively tightened controls on nightclubs and outdoor parties over the last few years after a series of high-profile crimes including the rape and murder of a British teenager in 2008.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, elected in the southwestern state last year, has made cleaning up Goa’s palm tree-lined beaches a priority to make them more family friendly.

Goa — once a laid-back hippy beach hangout known for drugs, free love and music — retains an image as a free-wheeling oasis in strait-laced India and draws 2.3 million visitors annually.