When it comes to tourist destinations, India is full of surprises. From spiritual retreats to luxury travel and yoga sessions, the country’s tourism industry seems to be blooming. India has changed its reputation from a non-friendly to a welcoming tourist destination, when we talk about LGBT tourism. The ever growing LGBT populace is popular indicators of the fact that Indians have more accepting attitude towards the issue at hand.
One thing that we all look for while travelling is safety, fun and a welcoming atmosphere. Since the LGBT relationship has officially been accepted in a country like India, the country’s tourism industry has embraced the change with open arms. In fact there are several destinations in India that are a perfect escape for the LGBT individuals and couples. Glance down at these LGBT friendly destinations of India, and pick a perfect destination for your next holiday.
Mumbai is one of the metro cities of India, which is also famous as the gay capital of the country. Mumbai can be safely termed as India’s most progressive city. The city is renowned for its diversity, multi-cultural and modern approach. This financial capital of the country attracts tourists from around the world. Mumbai is blessed with some of the best romantic spots like Marine Drive, gateway of India and Worli Seaface. Mumbai also has the best nightlife in the country. You can opt for a long drive on Mumbai’s beautiful lanes after a night of partying.
India’s national capital is home to ancient monuments, tombs and forts that transport you to the medieval ages. When it comes to LGBT rights, Delhi took the first step in ensuring that millions of voices are heard. The city boasts of several romantic getaways that take you away from the daily hustle bustle. Visit the historic spots like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, or Humayun’s tomb. Eat at the iconic restaurants and street food joints and savour the long walks down Janpath or Lodhi Gardens.
Goa is India’s prime destination where staying is never a problem. There are several LGBT friendly hotels and guesthouses one can stay in. People are generally very open-minded on account of the huge influx of foreigners into Goa. This is the perfect place to party. If that’s not what you are here for, you can always spend a pleasant evening along the beach. The clubbing scenes in Goa are quite popular and there are several Gay clubs in Goa.
What can be a better option than visiting the city of love? Visit Agra, which houses the epitome of love Taj Mahal. If there is one place where one should not be judged for whom they love and how, it has to be Agra. The Taj Mahal in Agra a true symbol of love and so, it should be visited at least once by all lovers.
Also known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is one of the friendliest cities of the country. Due to the advent of IT, Bangalore has an LGBT friendly work environment which makes this city a safe haven. The city also boasts an annual film festival as well, called the Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has celebrated cinema on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and other sexual and gender minorities in India.
As one of the most forward thinking cities of India, Kolkata is the best destination for the LGBT community. Kolkata also claims to host India’s oldest LGBT Film & Video Festival every year. When the Indian Supreme Court re-criminalised homosexuality, hundreds took to the streets to participate in the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in 2014. This city of palace and joy takes you on an enjoyable ride of some of the best places.
Chennai has a diverse culture when it comes to socio-economic class, gender, etc. Although the locals here are deeply rooted to their culture, people here have a broader mindset. The Chennai International Queer Film Festival (also referred to as ‘Reel Desires’) started in 2004 and includes panel discussions on the theme of LGBTQI inclusion, interfaces with film makers, photography/art exhibits and other performances.
People around the world are embracing differences in cultures, religions, races and personal choices. And an increasing number of countries around the world are welcoming LGBTs with open arms. One can now expect to see more of India with rose tinted glasses, with an increase in pink tourism in the country.
When it comes to tourist destinations, India is full of surprises. From spiritual retreats to luxury travel and yoga sessions, the country’s tourism industry seems to be blooming. India has changed its reputation from a non-friendly to a welcoming tourist destination, when we talk about LGBT tourism. The ever...