India is a diverse country with a lot to offer to all types of travelers. With both sun-drenched, sandy beaches and the snowcapped Himalayas, and plenty of incredible, beautiful terrain in between, gay travel to India is filled with opportunities for relaxation or various outdoor adventures. Long-held as a center of spirituality and nature-based healing methods, an India gay vacation is an excellent choice for travelers in search of opportunities to reprioritize, refocus on the important things in life and reawaken their spiritual self.
Of course, India has many other sides, which allow for gay vacations that also focus on exceptional dining experiences, visiting important historical, cultural and sacred sites, experiencing life in a rural Indian village, exploring India’s untouched wilderness or partaking in shopping trips that include both modern boutiques and traditional bazaars.
Those who take a gay vacation to India will find that it is very difficult to find a noticeable LGBT community, even in urban areas. In 2009, the Delhi High Court took an important step towards decriminalizing same-sex relations when it voted to overturn a 148-year-old law still on the books from when India was a British colony. This antiquated law, which is no longer upheld in Delhi, but is still enforced in the rest of the country, prohibits carnal intercourse against the order of nature and includes same-sex intercourse, as well as some heterosexual sexual acts.
While activists are fervently working to change this law throughout the country, folks who take gay vacations to India should be aware that both gay and straight people can still be prosecuted under this law, which can result in fines and imprisonment, including life sentences. Nonetheless, there are still some hangouts that can be identified, as well as cruising areas, which can be found in most countries, regardless of conservative laws or beliefs. Both the government and Indian society have mixed feelings about LGBT people, but a continued movement towards acceptance continues to make India an even better destination for gay travel.
Although same-sex relationships are still somewhat taboo in most parts of the country, India has always been a popular travel destination for gay vacations, with very few LGBT travelers ever reporting issues during gay travel. The best way to ensure that your gay vacation to India is a remarkable, safe, fulfilling trip is to partake in a pre-arranged tour that is organized by a professional, well-established travel company that focuses on providing outstanding travel opportunities to the LGBT community.
Choosing to travel in India with a tour group is an excellent way to ensure that you have the opportunity to enjoy India’s most alluring attractions, rejuvenate your spirit at sacred temples and experience life-changing moments during your travels.