Classic Rajasthan – Gay India Tour

English: Sign in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India...

English: Sign in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India Deutsch: Schild am Fort in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Indien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trip Name – Classic Rajasthan
DelhiMandawaBikanerJaisalmer – Osian – JodhpurUdaipur – Deogarh – Samode – Agra – Delhi
Starting from the Delhi, the capital of modern India, this itinerary takes you across the state, bringing alive the vibrant colors of the desert state. Delhi is also the hub of India’s amazing LGBT communities. Our craefully planned tour will enable you to interact and mingle with Delhi’s gay communities. Visit Osian on the sand dunes and the great kingdoms of the Rajputana- Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner,Udaipur, and Jaipur where even so many years after democracy handed power to the people, the old ways live on.

Today, many of the forts and palaces have opened their doors to visitor as luxury hotels and resorts. Often run by members of erstwhile ruling families, these have given a new lease of life not only to building but also to the culture. Staying here is to almost travel back in to the time- to an era that was gracious, graceful and romantic. In most places, erstwhile rulers are still addressed as ‘father’, ‘protector’, ‘provider of the food’, and command both respect and loyalty and though the pomp of ceremony many not compare with what it was in the old days, just a glimpse of the shadow of a royal lifestyle can be a fascinating and memorable experience.

Throughout the duration of your tour in India, you will either choose to travel on your own or as a part of a larger gay group. All our guides are gays or gay welcoming, similarly all our host hotels in India welcome LGBT travellers.

To book this tour mail us at info@outjourneys.com or log on to www.outjourneys.com Come out in India …

Gay Tourism in India: A way to meet local Indian Men

Its been a while since Gay rights are being legalised in India. People have come out in India with pride. We at Out Journeys welcome everyone across the globe to visit India. We take this opportunity to say the our LGBT friends across the globe are welcomed in India with a big heart and they need not worry about being safe in the country. India is safe of LGBT people. We at out journeys also care for the needs of the Indian LGBT community and thats why we have introduced the International trips for Gay and Lesbian friends. 

We know many of our Gay and Lesbian wish to visit various Prides that happens across the globe. One can visit those with Out Journeys.

We offer Gay Guides to our International Guests and the hotel accommodations are Gay friendly.

As recognised by the IGLTA we live up the expectations of our clients. Recently two of our gay clients one  from North America and other from Australia visited India for three months. They also went to Bhutan, Myanmar(Burma). They were really satisfied with our services and gave us 10 on 10 for that.

We urge everyone to experience India and other Indian Sub continent countries with us. Travel with Out Journeys … Come out in India. 

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The Indian Winters for Gays and Lesbian travelers

We at Out Journeys are now the India’s First International Travel Company catering the LGBT clients. We welcome guests from across the world to come to India and also to visit different other countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Burma
(Myanmar). We know also cater the Indian Gay and Lesbian community who are willing to come out for an vacation outside India, meeting the local LGBT community of the other countries like Thailand, Australia, South Africa.

The winters are the peak season in India. A few noted destinations that can be visited can be found in our tours. The tours range from South India to North India. Major destinations like Agra, Goa, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai are covered by us. We also provide tours in which travelers can enjoy Camel Safari in Jaisalmer, Auyurveda trips of Kerala, Cuisine and other special forms. We also arrange entry in Gay parties that happen in the major cities from time to time.

India is Gay friendly and traveler who feel safety an issue should not hesitate now. We have gay friendly hotels, gay friendly drivers, Gay guides, helping the guests to visit the Incredible country. Privacy of the guests are very important to us. We care our guests and follow the tradition norms of the country where Guest is God.

We also keep keen interest about the enjoyment and relaxation of the gay travelers in our tours, so as customize the tours according to their needs. We make the tour relaxing and leave time for shopping and other recreational activities that can be enjoyed in the various cities in India.

We welcome all LGBT guests from across the world to Incredible India.

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India’s First International Gay Travel Company

We are very thankful to everyone for making us grow within a year. Our LGBT friends across the globe who have visited our very own Incredible India, we would like to thank them specially. We started offering North IndiaSouth IndiaGoa tours in our initial days. We expanded our horizon in the domestic circuit with Keralaand Wild Life Tours. And Now we wish to conduct International Tours which is specially for our LGBT friends in India who have supported us since the very first day.

We are now offering tours to Australia and South Africa. And we hope to expand the International Horizon pretty soon. This tours will specially designed for our LGBT friends in India to travel abroad to various other gay destinations in the world, this is going to be one the greatest opportunities to meet fellow gay travellers along with local LGBT communities of different parts of the world. People have supported us and helped us grow in the past year, it is time for us to give back our services to them.

We think International Gay Group Tours should be the new way of Gay Pride, the LGBT people of this country should come out in other parts of the world as they did in their own country. One can even join the major prides in the world like Mardi Gras, São Paulo Gay Pride etc. The people of the world should also come to know that we Indians are also proud of what we are !!!

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The LGBT India Buzz

An old age home for gay men, perhaps the first such centre in Asia, has come up in neighbouring Narmada district of Gujarat.The old age home at Hanmenteshwar village,located on the banks of Narmadariver, was inaugurated yesterday and named after late American writer Janet, who generously donated funds for the project.

All of us have a role in ensuring the transgender a life of dignity-31 contestants walk down the aisle contesting for the crown in one of the biggest transgender beauty contest in the state at BOAT on Monday last.Mona Okram of Singjamei Sapam Leikai bagged the Miss Transgender 2011 while H.Ashananda, Thoubal, and Pebam Bonita of Canchipur, took the first and second runners-up position.

1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism to be held on 28 November 2011 at Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi, India.:-Tourism and hospitality professionals from across India and throughout Asia will convene in New Delhion 28 November, for Community Marketing’s 1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism, in partnership with American Airlines, IGLTA, Traveltechie.com, Out Journeys, and Pink Banana Media.

Bangkok Airways starts direct flights to Bangalore-The airline is also looking at Lucknow- for inward tourists on the Buddhism trail,New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.Bangkok Airways, a Thai private airline, has launched direct flights to Bangalore. The airline announced on Tuesday that the Bangkok-Bangalore-Bangkok service commenced from September 26.

Events-

Nigah Pink Rupee Party

1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism

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The LGBT India Buzz(16th Aug – 26th Aug 2011)

Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) became the first Indian campus to recognise a support group for gays, called ‘Saathi’.On August 1st ‘Saathi‘(support group for gays) made a presentation on homosexuality as a part of the orientation.

Imran Kahn graces the cover of the country’s first registered gay magazine as the newly crowned gay icon.Imran Kahn is the first actor in the country to feature on the cover of the Gay magazine.

Why IITians need a Saathi?-Here are some of the life stories of the people involved with Saathi, the LGBT group formed at IIT Bombay, and despite their efforts to prevent others undergoing this trauma, they still face some opposition.

IGNOU  introduces Gender Studies Course.

US, Europe debt crisis could impact inbound tourism in India.The ongoing debt crisis in the US and Europe is expected to impact inbound tourism into India this season, according to hoteliers and travel companies as per a PTI report.

Tourism Minister asks Kerala to set up land bank for tourism projects.Targets would be set for states in tourism promotion and stress would be given to develop infrastructure and for ensuring hygiene and safety at tourist destinations.

Gujarat government is now looking at putting in place a policy for cruise tourism in the state in a major move that will give a boost to the many tourism initiatives taken for Gujarat as per a report in Business Standard by Lakshmi Ajay.

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The LGBT India Buzz

It’s amazing that so much happens over a week or a fortnight. So much gets written about and a lot needs to be talked about. So we decided to get all the LGBT buzz from India at one place and share it with you guys. Tell us what you think about it.

Celina Jaitley set the trend and she did a lot by becoming the unofficial brand ambassador for the community in Bollywood, but it was about time we got some more celebrities to start talking LGBT, so here is Sonam Kapoor, talking joyously about the fact that gay marriages are now legal in New York:

http://www.todaybreakingnews.com/?p=3685

It does not stop here, Miss India Hasleen Kaur chose this time to voice her support for the Indian LGBT community too. Says Hasleen, “Why do we define boundries of love based on sexual orientation? I don’t understand why we should discriminate against a non-heterosexual. They’re completly normal people with the ability to love.

Here is the complete link:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-05/miss-india/29738216_1_sexual-orientation-lgbt-pride-month-lgbt-rights

Our respectable Health Minister stirred a big hornet’s nest last week when he first made and then revoked a statement implying that homosexuality is a disease. He obviously has not been keeping himself informed, so here is a nice and simple read about why it is perfectly ‘normal’ to be in a same sex relationship:

http://idiva.com/news-relationships/why-homosexuality-is-not-a-disease/6195

The celebs are all up in arms and rightly so against the Minister’s statement, they want him to apologise. Azad however has not apologized but simply blamed the media of twisting his comments – so politician like!

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Azad-must-apologise-Celebs/articleshow/9111759.cms

And finally, somewhat old but a very welcome piece of news. India is aiming to become the hub of surrogacy tourism and this amazing gay couple just became parents in India:

Deaf, mute gay couple becomes new parents:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/deaf-mute-gay-couple-becomes-new-parents/160062-3.html

Oh and by the way, Out Journeys can help you in case you wish to come to India and find a family!

The Day of Pride – The Celebration of our Freedom

Some dates become synonymous with life changing moments, for India’s LGBT community 2nd July is one such date. It was on this date, in 2009 that the High Court struck down the draconian Article 377 and within moments, millions of people in India realized what it felt like to be free again!

The day was celebrated with abandon this year again, the pride parades at Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi were resplendent. There was no over the top show of pomp but a resolute belief in our own identity. While the masses celebrated freedom, the recent law in New York that allows gay marriages was spoken of with passion and aspiration. That is indeed the right India’s LGBT community wants to get..and why not!

Members of the Delhi LGBT community look on as celebrations begin

Tme to smile together, for freedom!

The pride in Delhi was special because it was mostly organized by the members of The Queer Campus, a group of college students who have liberated themselves and now celebrate their true identity. The young boys and girls from the Queer Campus spoke about their experiences, joys and aspirations as the crowds cheered them on.

The young organizers of the parade – Super Stars!

That was not all, the Delhi Drum Circle came out in support of the LGBT community and thrilled the crowds with a early impromptu performance. The dancing and hugging was spontaneous and almost an emotional moment for me.

Member of the Delhi Drum Circle mix it up to the delight of the crowd!

Time for a hug!No Fear, just Pride!

The graffiti on the wall was full of promises to stand up for our rights and to strengthen the community against any odds. The media loved it too, they were around in full attendance taking pictures and sound bytes. All in all, an event worth remembering!

This was the first pride of the Out Journeys team and I am so happy to see India coming out!

Delhi Coming Out – Gay Party Scene in Delhi

Delhi came out and partied this Saturday night and boy, did they party hard or what!

I was invited to attend the first ever pool side party for the boys in Delhi at the freshly done up and truly five star Ramada Plaza right in the heart of the city. The gay party scene in Delhi has been shaping up beautifully over the past year or so and this Saturday night we finally came of age. The expected attendance was about 400 people and we ended up partying through the night with about 850 of them!

Now that is some serious crowd and with everyone wanting a piece of the action, the party showed no signs of ending till almost the morning hours. The pool was never short of guys who simply wanted to beat the searing Delhi heat and those who did not get in to the water were mostly dancing away.

Besides the fun part of it, the whole event was overwhelming in an emotional way. I still get asked about whether we have a ‘gay scene’ in India and till recently all that we could talk about were a few get-togethers here and there. But no more now, Delhi has truly decided to come out and party and there is no stopping us anymore. With about half a dozen night clubs in the city having dedicated gay parties every weak and now the big five star hotels welcoming us as well; Delhi is truly on its way to becoming a gay party hotspot.

Oh, and a word about the organizer; Manish is a super star! He knows the Delhi gay community better than anyone else and his organization, BoyZone is doing stellar work in making many a dreams come true.

As for us at Out Journeys, we can’t wait to get our guests to come and become a part of this amazing scene. I know I am excited and why shouldn’t I be!

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The Advent of Gay Tourism in India

So the debate that we have been having is around the sudden spurt in the number of gay travel agencies and tour operators that seem to be emerging in India. I hear about a new kid in the market place every week, either it is through a very canned press release or a spike in marketing through Google. The keywords do not differentiate between business ethics, they re just a part of the text.

Two years back, gay tours to India were almost an unheard of concept; the draconian Article 377 did not make it easy for a gay person or a couple to come to India and feel welcomed. I can’t hold it against them too, I would not go to a place where I could be jailed for being myself!

However, Indjapink worked hard back then to launch the first gay travel service for India, Kudos to Sanjay and his team. They have worked hard and have justly got the rewards and recognition for being a path breaker. However, the time has now come for the next act in this grand theatre. India is rightly positioning itself as a promising land in global tourism, in such a scenario why should gay tourism lag behind.

So what does it take to make India a global tourist attraction for gay tourists?

Not a whole lot other than the concerted efforts of a committed group of travel industry professionals. People who understand the sensitivity of a gay traveler, who are willing to painstakingly identify great tourism experiences for a gay person touring India and who are intelligent enough to work with the best service providers in the country – hotels, airlines, guides, drivers and more.

At Out Journeys, we welcome competition; it is our desire to be a part of a community of tour operators who are genuinely working towards opening up the country for gay tourism. We’d like to partner with the iconic hotel chains such as Taj and Oberois and also with the lovely heritage and boutique hotels across Rajasthan, Kerela and everywhere else to educate them about the possibilities of becoming truly gay welcoming. We are already educating the people on the ground about how they can benefit by creating a gay friendly environment and the rewards are already showing!

In the end, what will matter will be our ability to serve our guests, give them a vacation that they will cherish for a lifetime. Make their holiday experience so ‘WOW’ that they HAVE to go back and tell all their friends, that they HAVE to log on to TripAdvisor and write about how beautiful India is, how warm its people are and how wonderfully their holiday was organized.

If we could do this, Out Journeys would have achieved its purpose.

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