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7 best gay-friendly travel destinations in India

When we go for a travel what is that which we all require. We all require safety, fun and welcoming atmosphere in the same way; gay men too look for protection, enjoyment and a soothing and welcoming environment when they travel. Slowly and steadily India is shifting its status of a non gay-friendly tourist destination to a gay friendly tourist destination. Tourism companies have now realized the benefits of Gay tourism. Since the LGBT’s relationship is officially accepted in a country like India because of this the gay tourism picture in India has enhanced drastically in modern times and it is something acceptable as gay tourism can contribute towards boosting the economy. LGBT India Tour plan several customized holiday packages to satisfy and meet your needs and to give you immense pleasure and fun during your holidays by way of our best holiday packages. Do visit the below mentioned 7 best gay-friendly destinations while your travel across India.

1. Mumbai


Mumbai one of the metro cities of India is also known as the gay capital of India because of the activism sight of Mumbai. For LGBT individuals and couples Mumbai is the best place to visit in India because Mumbai is a city famous for its diversity, is multi-cultural, is vibrant and is modern with an active and colorful and vibrant nightlife. Mumbai has exceptional bars and pubs which you must try out. For a memorable and adventurous road trip you can also take off on several weekend getaways.

2. Goa


In India Goa is the largest and prime tourist destination and so, irrespective of sex it is a welcoming place for all kinds of tourists. Goa is a place where staying will never be a problem. The city is very open, and so you will find several gay-friendly guesthouses and hotels where you can stay in. People of Goa are open-minded just because Goa is a place where tourists of broad cultural diversity come to visit. It’s a great place to let you hair down and party! And if that’s not on your mind or if it’s not like your choice or taste, you can always spend a pleasant evening at one of the quieter beaches.

3. Khajuraho


Most of the religious schools dislike sex and consider it a humiliating act for human soul, on the other hand as per Tantra sexual energy, if channelized as per the methods stated in Tantric canons, can bring together the tantra-practitioner with the Supreme Being (Shiva).

This concept is boldly and honestly described by means of Sculptures at Khajuraho . They showcase the steady transcendence of human sexual energy. The outer walls of the temples are full of sexual story. Humans are depicted indulging in carnal pleasure in every variation that can be conceptualized by human brain.

Due to this reason, this place is very much friendly in nature with tourist who either be of any type of sexual group.

4. Varanasi


Kasi or Varanasi is one of the most ancient, famous and holiest of the pilgrim centers. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in North India for several thousand years. The Benares Gharana form of Indian classical music developed in Varanasi, and many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians resided or reside in Varanasi, including Kabir, Satguru Ravidass ji, Trailanga Swami, Munshi Premchand, Jaishankar Prasad, Acharya Shukla, Ravi Shankar, Girija Devi, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Bismillah Khan . Tulsidas wrote Ramacharitamanas here, and Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath located near Varanasi (Kashi).

Varanasi is home to four universities: Banaras Hindu University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. Residents mainly speak Hindi and Kashika Bhojpuri, which is closely related to the Hindi language. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples", "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of lights", and "the city of learning."

So due to so much diversity and great culture, the people of Varanasi always welcomes the guest. They never make any difference on base of any community/gender/ on base of sexuality (LGBT) or any other. For them all guests are shadow of God and they welcome them in same manner "Atithi Devo Bhava".

Still Varanasi is a holy place, so couples – regardless of sexuality –should avoid passionate activities in public as it will raise a few eyebrows. The local traditions and cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind.

5. Kerala


What are you waiting for! The greenery of tea and coffee plantations, boat rides in the backwaters and above all the Ayurvedic massages await you in Kerala. If you want to spend a peaceful vacation then Kerala is the ideal place. Like Goa people of Kerala are also open-minded just because like Goa, Kerala is a place where tourists of broad cultural diversity come to visit. Kerala provides a host of choices for travel fans, especially those who are looking for therapeutic getaways.

6. The Golden triangle (Delhi - Agra - Jaipur)

The complete itinerary starting from Delhi to Agra and finally to Jaipur can be easily covered in 5 days and is a must-visit for every tourist who visits India. The Red Fort and India Gate in Delhi are worth a visit. If you want to have a look of busy life of the city then does visit Chandni Chowk which is the most crowded market place in Delhi. The Taj Mahal in Agra a true symbol of love and so, it should be visited at least once by all lovers. Jaipur is a fabulous city demonstrating Indian traditions at its best providing several options for shopping and sight-seeing.

7. Rishikesh


Rishikesh, also known as the "Yoga Capital of the World", no doubt contributes in attracting tourists. It is the faith and belief of the people that moksha can be attained through mediation and by having a dip in the holy river that flows through it. These specialities of Rishikesh has made it a must visit place. Rishikesh is very lively and is in general safe for each and every kind of tourists. There are several hotels and home stays which are gay-friendly but since Rishikesh is a holy place so couples – regardless of sexuality –should avoid passionate activities in public as it will raise a few eyebrows. The local traditions and cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind.

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