Gay Rajasthan Tour – The Largest Fort in India

Gay Rajasthan Tour - The Largest Fort in India

Chittorgarh Fort (Hindi/Rajasthani: चित्तौड दुर्ग Chittorgarh Durg) is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres by road south of Bhilwara. It was ruled initially by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. It sprawls majestically over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.

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Gay Luxury Tours to India – Out Journeys

Gay Luxury Tours to India - Out Journeys

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1 week or 2 weeks or 3 weeks in India – Holidaying in India (Out Journeys, Gay and Lesbian Tourism)

First-timers to India tend to be guided unvaryingly (and sensibly) around the so-called Golden Triangle (Delhi/Agra/Jaipur). This route, straightforward enough on paper, requires some discernment to get right. A policy of less is more is always sensible in India, in order to limit the shock the place inevitably delivers to an average Westerner’s system.

A question often posed is whether a week is enough time to cover the birthplace of three great faiths — Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The answer, reasonably, is no. But travelers are not reasonable people, and it is distinctly possible to absorb the essence of India in CliffsNotes form.

The One-Week Trip

It is useful to start in the capital. A city created, like great geological formations, of time-sculptured and overlapping strata, Delhi is seven cities at least and almost as many civilizations collapsed, accreted and jumbled into one.

Despite its shambolic beginnings and ambient tumult, Delhi is a pleasing city to visit, in part because it retains swaths of forest greenbelt — its broad avenues, its traffic roundabouts and other useful systems bequeathed by the imperial nannies of the British Raj. Compared with the horn-honking frenzy of industrial tech centers elsewhere in the country, Delhi remains notably civilized. It is, as is often noted, Washington, D.C., toMumbai’s New York.

START IN DELHI

A week in India, I tell friends, axiomatically begins with two days in the capital (for simplicity’s sake I am referring to time spent in-country; nearly a full day is lost traveling to India from the East Coast of the United States). And, if budget permits, I advise them to book into one of the city’s fine, though pricey top-tier hotels. There is a reason for this. Delhi is ever sprawling, and the premium you pay at hotels like the Taj Mahal or theOberoi for a central location and for “amenities” like potable tap water (even ice is safe in such places these days), knowledgeable concierges, well-trained staff and, yes, consistent electrical service is repaid a thousandfold by reduced time in traffic and a placid digestive tract.

Because I believe that denial is the only plausible treatment for jet lag, after the usual 1 a.m. arrival and witching-hour check-in, I tend to sleep what few hours remain before dawn, setting the alarm for breakfast so that I can launch myself into the first day.

Some intrepid types navigate the city on the newly extended and, from all accounts, efficient Metro. In the interest of time-saving, I just flag down a cab at the hotel taxi rank. In most Indian cities the beloved Hindustan Ambassador taxi, its buglike design little altered since 1958, has begun to vanish, replaced by more modern vehicles. In Delhi, though, the Ambassador remains a reassuringly constant presence. No less comforting is the off-meter flat rate many drivers remain willing to accept. While this rate is subject to change at any time, in my experience it has held surprisingly steady for more than a decade: 1,000 rupees (or about $21 at current exchange rates) hires a car for 50 miles or eight hours.

While every guidebook instructs visitors to start out by seeing the lanes of Old Delhi, the Mughal sites like the Red Fort and the colossal mosque known as Jama Masjid, I gave up on the noise and crowds and filth of Old Delhi long ago. I advise friends to save their awe instead for the next phase of the journey, for Agra and the Taj Mahal, for Emperor Akbar’s little-visited tomb at nearby Sikandra, and for Fatehpur Sikri, the evanescent red sandstone city that lies about 20 miles down the road from the great and, in my impious view, overrated shrine to love.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back in the capital on one’s first day in the country, I recommend bypassing the old city to have a driver convey one instead in early morning toRashtrapati Bhavan, now the presidential residence, though built for the British viceroy and thus a cornerstone of Sir Edwin Lutyens’s New Delhi and symbolic centerpiece of the British Raj. Heightened security has made it difficult to experience this complex of government buildings except at some distance or through gates. So I tend to have the car park on a side road while I stroll the broad Rajpath, which leads downhill from Raisina Hill to India Gate.

Few remnants of the colonial presence in India survive as nearly intact as does Rashtrapati Bhavan; fewer still evince comparable architectural modesty — a notable feature for an array of buildings designed to express imperial might.

This may be the place to note the presence of animals in urban Indian settings, the cows that still turn up on New Delhi medians despite laws that ban their presence; the white stallions trotting through traffic on the way to a wedding ceremony; the goat flocks being herded along the four-lane blacktop in Tamil Nadu. At Rashtrapati Bhavan, the wildlife takes the form of impertinent monkeys that fling themselves across the facades of the red sandstone pavilions, tails looping from domed chhatris, prehensile thumbs hitched on to crevices of pierced-sandstone jali screens as they nonchalantly delouse themselves.

From Raisina Hill and the presidential residence, I typically have my taxi drive on to theNational Museum, whose survey collection provides a fine grounding for visitors in need of a playbook to India’s cultural and religious multiplicities. After this, I have a late lunch at one of several downtown outposts of a restaurant called Nathu’s Sweets, a Delhi institution noted for its Bengali home-cooking and unctuous desserts.

The Nathu’s branch I frequent occupies a corner of the antiques enclave called Sunder Nagar Market, and thus is convenient for a leisurely afternoon tour through the Aladdin’s-cave-like emporiums there, places like Ladakh Art Gallery or Bharany’s, a shop whose presiding, though occasionally absent spirit is C. L. Bharany, a wizened ancient with a sharp sense of business and an expansive philosophy of life.

That’s plenty for one day, especially on little sleep: head back to your hotel, I tell friends. Order a club sandwich and watermelon juice and sack out.

On Day 2, I tend to set out early for South Delhi and for the austere and distinctly phallic minaret at Qutb Minar, or else spend time at the seldom-visited Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, or at an obscure ruins near the woodlands of Mehrauli known as Jamali Kamali Masjid.

Few locals even know of this mosque complex named for a Sufi saint interred beside his male lover. I’d never heard of it before being taken there by Bim Bissell, the irrepressible matriarch of the family behind the Indian handicrafts emporium chain Fabindia.

On our visit, Bim mentioned to me offhandedly that when her children were young, the family customarily packed food for al fresco meals at Jamali Kamali. It seemed somehow characteristic of both Bim and her city that it was a natural thing to picnic with your children at a tomb.

After my morning outings, I tend to make my way to Basil and Thyme for lunch. This simple and surprisingly inexpensive cafe is in a bungalow in Santushti Shopping Complex, itself set behind the walls of New Wellington Camp, Air Force Station, a shopping complex much favored by Delhi’s retail-mad leisure class.

Here, the chef, Bhicoo J. Manekshaw — now closing in on 90 and retired from the stove — continues to devise menus offering fresh, unfussy fare best categorized under the rubric of what was once called “butler food” in India. Over lunch of cold-poached salmon or roast chicken with black mushroom stuffing, washed down with fresh lime soda, it is easy to forget that outside Santushti’s gated walls is a tumultuous city of 14 million and that one is not just passing time before catching the 5:05 to Cos Cob.

After lunch I poke around at Santushti, stopping in at Anokhi to see the new offerings produced by this Jaipur-based company specializing in hand-block printed fabrics, and atTulsi, the small shop run by the designer Neeru Kumar. From there I move on by taxi to Baba Kharak Singh Marg, an avenue that juts like a radial spoke from the central roundabout of Connaught Circus.

Baba Kharak Singh Marg is among the last remaining streets in India where it is possible to find an array of government-sponsored emporiums, places that, in a drowsy and state-subsidized way, promote the specialist crafts that are fast disappearing from the Indian scene. From Andhra Pradesh comes iron and silver filigree work called Bidriware; from Orissa, paintings on palm fiber; from Rajasthan, white-on-white patchwork appliqué; from Assam, the naturally golden silk called muga; from Kashmir, the lacquerware that is pretty inescapable in India or, for that matter, at ABC Carpet & Home.

If fatigue threatens, this experience can be condensed by stopping in at Kamala, a well curated omnibus crafts shop run by the Crafts Council of India, at the end of the state shop parade.

(Of course, if one happens to be in Delhi on a weekend, it is worth ditching the country club lunch at Santushti to splash out on the buffet at the Threesixty restaurant in the Oberoi hotel. The most steroidal bar mitzvah feast has nothing on the Oberoi’s buffet, a prime example of the notion that in India too much is hardly ever enough — although, of course, for much of the population too little is a grim and permanent condition.)

Fortified by lunch, and as a preparation for the journey to Agra, I urge friends to head straight for Humayun’s TombFor decades this monument was a travesty — its fountains and watercourses barren, its lawns moth-eaten, its ancient palisades in peril of imminent collapse. Wasps had built vast bulbous nests in the pointed Mughal archways; shanty dwellers had built their own improvised nests in crevices of the monument walls.

Though evocative in decay, Humayun’s Tomb is no less so today, restored with funds from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and in all of Delhi or even of India, there can be few places lovelier than Humayun’s Tomb at sunset, when the waning light of day outlines the tiled dome and eagles hang in the thermals above the nearby Yamuna River.

ON TO THE TAJ MAHAL

From Delhi, I typically hire a car and driver through the hotel travel desk and head to Agra. And while I would prefer not to spend a night in this shamefully polluted city, this is the only proper way to visit the Taj Mahal.

What I mean is that the Taj Mahal seen in the glaring sun of an Indian midday, as happens when you reach it after arriving from Delhi, can seem as ghostly blank as an overexposed photo. Seen at dusk or dawn, however, the structure’s marmoreal surface magically absorbs and reflects the ambient colors of sky and clouds and even a hint of the orangy pollution belched out by nearby industries.

Upon arrival at Agra on one’s third day in India and having risen to see the great monument near dawn, it is usual to press on to Jaipur on a route that takes you first to Fatehpur Sikri, among the most evocative ruins in India.

Unlike the Taj Mahal, which impresses but rarely moves me, this city abandoned in the 16th century is a deeply atmospheric place, rising as it does from farm fields in the middle of seemingly nowhere. A complex of meeting halls, women’s quarters, courtyard gardensand stables for elephants, Fatehpur Sikri was occupied for a mere 14 years before a shortage of water forced its abandonment. Like all lost cities, it is a screen onto which one is free to project any narrative of your choosing. It is a poetic place, as even the wild parrots scribbling their vivid green arabesques above the old minarets seem to know.

From there I continue on to Jaipur, the fabled Pink City, which is, by Indian standards, not that old (17th century) and by any reasonable estimate, not so roseate, either. Still, Jaipur must be seen for at least three reasons: the City Palace; a hilltop redoubt outside town called Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort; and Gem Palace, which is not a palace at all.

Even an hourlong tour of City Palace, a multistory ancestral home of the high-living Anglophile Maharajahs of Jaipur, provides a tantalizing peek into the voluptuary lives of the acquisitive royals, who collected miniatures by the yard, silver by the ton, carpets seemingly by the mile.

At Amber Fort, the ruling Kachhawa clan lived and ruled from a hilltop redoubt of red sandstone and white marble, where the fused influences of Hindu and Muslim architecture are only part of the pleasure of place. The fort is best reached on elephant back (a bit of tourist hokum that is well worth it) and is notable both for interiors that feature the latest technological innovations of earlier ages — cascading water running down marble ramps provided an early form of air-conditioning — and views of the barren Aravalli range.

It makes sense to save Gem Palace for last because it is the sort of place that yields up its secrets slowly. Chambers filled with cases of jewels and silver lead into each other, and serious shoppers will often find a member of the Kasliwal family — which has run the place for generations — beckoning them into a back room for glimpses of treasures not kept on public view.

Gem Palace is one of those purveyors passed around like a secret among cognoscenti, though realistically it’s not much of a secret. Eventually everyone from the philanthropist Anne Bass to Giorgio Armani to Aunt Tillie has wandered in at some point. The greater challenge is getting out without losing your shirt.

That then is the one-week plan. You might return to New Delhi and fly home, or else stay on and — doubling the available time — use this same basic format for an itinerary easily expanded to encompass places a bit farther afield. The following itineraries can be managed in chunks of two to three days and accordingly the first stop after Jaipur is Jodhpur, my favorite among the cities of Rajasthan.

Two Weeks is Better

DIVE INTO RAJASTHAN

Jodhpur, like the other cities noted below, can probably be adequately enjoyed in two days and is an easy hop by plane from Jaipur via Delhi or Mumbai and an easy place, as well, in which to find hotels at every price. I have tested them all, from the funky stucco pavilions of Ajit Bhawan to the businesslike Hari Mahal. There is, though, only one ideal place to lay one’s head in this desert outpost, and that is the Indo-Saracenic pile called Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Last of the mega-palaces built over a century-long building spree by Indian maharajahs, Umaid Bhawan is sometimes likened to a Victorian railway station and invariably said to have been built as a charitable work-relief program for a region beset by a prolonged and killing drought. Believe what you like, the place can be reliably said to belong to its resident owner, the Oxford-educated Gaj Singh II, 64, the Maharajah of Jodhpur, who inherited the immense pile at age 4.

A vast and haunting palace, replete with Bohemian chandeliers, gilt tête-à-têtes and taxidermied trophies bagged during ancient shikars, Umaid Bhawan sits atop a low hill and overlooks another of Gaj Singh’s properties, the great citadel of Mehrangarh Fort.

Umaid Bhawan is now operated in partnership with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, and it must be said that a certain amount of its quiddity was lost in hotel-chain translation. Still, the palace retains its time-stopped aura and, perhaps alone among the great Rajasthan palaces, easily conjures an era when palace ladies led segregated, gossipy lives in the secluded zenana, when the gallants of the legendary Jodhpur polo teams played fierce chukkers and returned to drink stiff whiskies in a bar where, to this day, a stuffed black bear stands upright with a drinks tray balanced in its paws.

A visit to Jodhpur logically starts with a trip to the hilltop citadel of Mehrangarh Fort, where, up a series of ramps and past the studded elephant gates is a historical fortress museum almost without parallel in India.

Gaj Singh II was an early adopter of Western-style curatorial practices, a welcome anomaly in a country so stuffed with antiquities that treasures are often carelessly left by their owners to be devoured by white ants or to rot in the dust. The Mehrangarh collection includes silver elephant howdahs, Jodhpur school miniatures, arms and armor, and textiles. The fort itself, though massive, stupendous and ominous when seen from afar, is surprisingly intimate and homey within: a series of mirrored chambers of pleasure and rest.

From the sinuous ramparts of Mehrangarh there are fine, expansive views of the surrounding Thar Desert and — barnacled to the flanks of the fortress — the traditional houses of the city’s Brahmins, all painted Krishna blue.

TAKE A DRIVE TO UDAIPUR

From Jodhpur I go on to Udaipur, again booking a driver and car for a road trip that Google Maps pegs at precisely five hours and 20 minutes. At a guess, the geniuses at Google Maps have never actually seen an Indian road. I myself find a useful rule of thumb when in India to double the estimated road time and average things out.

Winding slowly uphill through sere desert and a region inhabited by a pacifist tribe called the Bhils, the drive from Jodhpur eventually crests the Aravallis before descending into a startlingly verdant landscape of cultivated fields.

Only by traveling overland are you able to visit the Jain Adinatha Temple atRanakpur, an ineffable monument of marble whose hall contains either hundreds or thousands of intricately carved columns, depending upon whom you ask. It is an austere place, one whose ecstatic carvings create an atmosphere of quietly humming spiritual intensity, something like a fission lab for souls.

A fine (and, essentially, the only) stopping-off point at Ranakpur is Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat, a former country house still in the family of the Maharajah of Jodhpur. Set amid gardens and fruit groves, the hotel is right off a main artery where, come evening, one can watch the traffic of barefoot pilgrims heading toward the temple as red-turbaned Rabari tribesmen head the opposite way with their herds of sheep or goats.

The end point of this particular road trip is Udaipur, a lovely though to my mind essentially dull spot whose chief points of interest are the finely conserved City Palace of Maharana Udai Singh II, the renowned Taj Lake Palace hotel and the ritzy Oberoi Udaivilas overlooking Lake Pichola from shoreside just outside of town. Udaipur is a great place to unwind, though. For those lucky enough to put up at Lake Palace, there is a ready excuse for enforced idleness, since the only way to reach the hotel or leave it is by boat.

Three Weeks, Divine

HEAD TO THE DESERT

For more leisured travelers, and bucket list types, I advise a longer journey, one that heads from Udaipur, by road, for the majestic destination of Jaisalmer, a desert city that is among the oldest of Rajasthan’s fortress citadels, a once sleepy place whose tourist potential has been exploited as ruthlessly as its conservation has been sadly allowed to decline.

Conservation groups are actively working to preserve this fragile monument, where ancient havelis, or merchants’ houses, with lacelike screen walls of wood or stone crowd narrow lanes. Their main task is to keep the fortress walls from outright collapse. In doing so, however, they hope to preserve the ineffable stillness of this golden walled island surrounded by the sand sea that is the Thar Desert, historically known as the Land of Death.

One can easily spend two days or more wandering the narrow lanes, where buildings crowd in on one another (and where pedestrians used to have to yield to cows). Time has a funny way of seeming to stretch infinitely before one in Jaisalmer, during days spent visiting the jewel-box Jain temples dedicated to Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and Ashtapadi, idling on rooftop cafes drinking lassi or scanning the desert from the fortress walls.

STUMBLE INTO AN OASIS

And when you have had enough of that, you can move on to other and even more obscure desert cities, my favorite among them being the rough-and-tumble city of Nagaur, home to a fine citadel

complex known as Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort.

A 200-mile overland journey from Jaisalmer, Nagaur is a challenge to take up only after getting your travel legs in India. The drive is rough and dusty, and when years ago a woman friend and I first fetched up there, dust caked our clothes and filled every uncovered orifice, and our fillings had nearly shaken loose from our teeth. We swore bitterly as we banged on the padlocked fort doors, like Dorothy in Oz, until the gates creaked open and a turbaned figure beckoned us inside.

And there in a courtyard not far from a 17th-century stable block, we found a cluster of luxurious tents, their walls made from hand-block printed cottons, their camp beds covered in thick quilts, the private baths fitted out with showers that rained hot water.

If it is true that in India a traveler is often tested by the tumult, the hustle, the dirt, the pollution, the first-world prices and sometimes second-rate service, the inevitable upturned palms and the overall din, it is also the case that as the advertising campaigns promise, India is in fact incredible.

How else to explain the experience we had of emerging from our private showers atRoyal Camp, Nagaur Fort (open only from October to March) to find that we were the only guests at the fort, the sole patrons being served cocktails by a freshly kindled wood fire in a broad Mughal courtyard under the cold black dome of desert sky?

A delicious Rajasthani thali meal was presented on a table set up in an ancient pavilion. Perhaps too much terrible Indian wine was consumed. In our individual tents the bedcovers had been turned down and desert chill staved off by hot-water bottles discreetly tucked into the beds. Delirious sleep overtook us. When we awoke, we found that our plans to stay just a night had suddenly changed.

And that is something I forgot to mention, how in India time is oddly elastic, everything fraught with challenge and wonders so inevitable that it makes sense to allow for enormous changes at the last minute (to swipe Grace Paley’s wonderful phrase). In India the plans you made at home are seldom the final word on the matter. Do yourself a favor and keep that in mind.

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Gay Wildlife Tour – Chasing the Tiger

Gay Wildlife Tour - Chasing the Tiger

Meet Smasher—the male in the background. That’s the name Steve Winter gave this youngster, cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, after he slapped the automated camera trap until it stopped clicking. Both tigers are thought to have killed people, and Smasher is now in captivity.

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Gay Goa- Gay Friendly Hotels, Gay Nightlife

Gay Goa- Gay Friendly Hotels, Gay Nightlife

If the call of the sea beckons, come down to Goa, where you can spend your days lazying on a sunny beach and pass the nights away in celebration and revelry till the sun comes up again. The three days in Goa, you are free to roam about on your own and explore this charming place just like you’d want to.

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India: A Gay Experience

There are about 2.5 million people who belong to the LGBT community in India. India is a growing market in terms of LGBT Tourism. We at Out Journeys have been working hard to provide the best services to our gay clients. Every now and then we upload a new tour for our guests, and try and work with best of hotels which are gay friendly. Our drivers and guides are generally gay friendly, sometimes if there is availabilty we provide gay guides for the tours aswell.

We like to create or design the tour with special activities in mind. We provide gay massages in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala in the hotel room, and take our guests to gay parties if such parties are been organised at the timing of the tour. Some special decorations are provided in the rooms like flower decoration, wine served etc just to make your stay at bit romantic. We try and give our guests as much as private time they want so that they can enjoy there time and nobody disturbs them.

For single travelers we try and arrange some parties so that they meet a few good Indian men on their visit to the country. Occasional pride events are also part of our activity list, and if there is one pride going on we try and make our guest visit the destination.

Apart from our tours that are uploaded in our website www.outjourneys.com we also provide customised tours so that guests can visit destinations of there choice. Also there are many who asks us that if they can join an on going fixed departure, we provide them with some if there is one which is going on on the travel dates.

We try and make our tours as customer friendly as possible, and try make them less hectic and more relaxed, we try and give the less drives and more flights and sometimes overnight AC sleeper trains so that the tours become cost effective.

We welcome every member of the LGBT community to visit India atleast once, coz we know if you visit once you would definitely like to visit again and again. We make you vacation a lifelong experience. Come out in India with Out Journeys – India’s first International gay travel company.

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Indian Heritage – Places not to be missed – Top 25

Travel site Tripadvisor has announced its Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2012. The awards, based on feedback received from travelers all over the world, include the Top 25 Heritage Hotels in India.

Not surprisingly, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur occupies number one position on the list. Often referred to as the “Jewel of Jaipur”, it’s frequently voted the best hotel in India and the world. Also not surprising, 18 out of the 25 top heritage hotels are located in Rajasthan, particularly Jaipur and Jodhpur. It’s quite unexpected, and pleasing, to see that a couple of hotels from Alleppey (gateway to the Kerala backwaters) have made the list too.

Here’s how the list looks:

1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
3. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
4. Jaiwana Haveli, Udaipur (budget)
5. Samode Palace, Jaipur
6. Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur
7. Emerald Isle – The Heritage Villa, Alleppey
8. Rohet Garh, Rohet
9. KTDC Lake Palace, Thekkady
10. Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
11. Samode Haveli, Jaipur
12. Roopangarh Fort, Kishangarh
13. Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Udaipur
14. Brunton Boatyard, Kochi
15. Gajner Palace Hotel, Bikaner
16. The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur
17. Naila Bagh Palace, Jaipur
18. The House of MG, Ahmedabad
19. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur
20. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
21. Raheem Residency, Alleppey
22. Diggi Palace, Jaipur
23. Madhuban Hotel, Jaipur (mid range)
24. Umaid Mahal, Jaipur (mid range)
25. Connaught House, Mount Abu

We at www.outjourneys.com specially offers our Gay and Lesbian friends from across the world a taste of the Indian Heritage this winter, we are now offering a tour which is specially designed for the guests around the globe. This tour will consist of places which are the best destinations in terms of Heritage in India, we would like to offer them stays (accommodation) in different heritage properties and will have our gay friendly activities in the tour. Our Gay friendly chauffeurs and Gay Guides will take care of the guests for the entire tour and will take them to Gay parties and Gay venues across India.

We at Out Journeys are working constantly for the likes of the Gay and Lesbian guests and we always keep in mind the comfort and relaxation part of the tour.

The details of the tour are as follows:

India colourful and vibrant, a land as diverse as its people. A mosaic of faiths, cultures, customs and languages that blend harmoniously to form a composite whole. One of the world’s oldest living civilizations – which gave to the world – the concept of zero, the primordial sound Aum…Yoga, and Buddhism.

The ancient land of India portrays a landscape of vibrant cultural heritage and spiritual mysticism. This particular section invites you to lose yourself in a journey through the fascinating lanes of the country, which reflect its numerous national traits, such as art, national identity elements, cultural extravaganza, and so on. Living up to its name, this section houses information on all the elements that go on to shape this splendid nation called India, and is an enlightenment zone for anyone who wants to know all about this spiritual country.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrival to Delhi international airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Delhi.

– Evening: Excursion of a gay Bar / Night Club or an exclusive gay party.

Day 02: Delhi
This morning you take a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.
You will visit the Qutab Minar, a pillar monument built in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), and Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. You would also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre.

As for Old Delhi, you will visit Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid, while driving past the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the Red Fort.

Visit include rickshaw ride at Chandani chowk.
This day would end with an overnight stay at your friend`s place in Delhi.

– Evening: Excursion of a gay Bar / Night Club or an exclusive gay party.
– 01 body massage

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur
After checking out from the hotel drive to Jaipur, Arrive at Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Day free to relax. The stay will be overnight at Jaipur.
– Evening visit to cinema at Raj Mandir to watch a movie.

Day 04: Jaipur
This morning gets you on an elephant first thing in the morning with a one way elephant ride to get to Amber Fort; the ancient capital of the State. You will also visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. In the afternoon, you visit to the city.
The capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 yrs old.
You will visit Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens and will drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. The stay will be overnight at Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
This day an early morning drive takes you to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs due to scarcity of water. It is dotted with graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Soon after arriving at Agra you transfer to the hotel. The stay will be overnight at Agra.

Day 06: Agra
Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort.
The stay will be overnight at Agra.

Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for visitors.

Day 07: Agra – Jhansi by train & Jhansi – Orchha by drive
Check out from hotel in morning. Transfer to railway station to board train for Jhansi. Arrive at Jhansi & drive to Orchha. Arrive at Orchha & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Orchha. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time & a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly: the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine glory. Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires & cenotaphs.
The stay will be overnight at Orchha.

Day 08: Orchha – Khajuraho
Morning drive to Khajuraho, Arrive at Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. Later visit the world famous Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva, which is the largest & most typical of temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples that consist of the Parasvanath Temple – the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu. The other temples in this group are those dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. The stay will be overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 09: Khajuraho  Satna by drive and Satna Varanasi by train
Morning check out from hotel & straight drive to Satna and transfer to railway station to board train to Varanasi. Arrive at Varanasi & transfer to hotel.

Later Half day sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple,Tulsi Manas Mandir,Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.

Day 10: Varanasi
Morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.

Later half day city tour of Sarnath
Visit the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum (Museum closed on Fridays).
The stay will be overnight at Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi – Delhi by flight and Departure
Check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi, Arrive at Delhi and stay in transit for onward journey.

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The Journey of The Earth

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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(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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