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What to expect from India ? (Part 1) – Gay Tourism India

We at Out Journeys welcome you to the Seventh Largest Country in the World with a population of 1.2 Billion. What do you expect from India, a question that can be answered completely once you visit the country. We can only give you the information about what to expect, but to experience Real India, you got to be here.

Though the Gay communities are mostly prominent in the bigger cities in India, there is enough one can explore. One can find Gay parties, Gay massages and also Gay guides to assist them for the tours. Most of the Major Hotel chains are Gay friendly, so accommodation is not a problem in India. Some of them work exclusively with Out Journeys. 

There are many other things that a traveler can expect from India. It depends on what the traveler wish to see and take from India. If he/she likes Wild life than there are a number of places that one can visit starting from Corbett National park in the North of India. Its the first National park in the country. Other popular national parks are Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Bhandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench in Madhya Pradesh, Periyar in Kerala, Sunderbans – The world’s largest delta in West Bengal.

For the love of hills and snow peaked mountains, India has a lot to offer. From the Paradise Kashmir to Sikkim in Northeast there are numerous places worth a visit. Other hill stations which are not part of the himalayan range are also popular destinations in India and are travelers perfect hideout from the crowd. Destinations like Munnar and Waynard in Kerala are very popular among travelers across the globe. Tea gardens of Darjeeling also welcomes a lot of tourists in West Bengal.

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Ayurveda and Yoga Tours for Gay and Lesbian Travelers

Ayurveda or knowledge for long life is a traditional medicine system prevalent since the Vedic Period in India. Inspired by nature itself, the unique and holistic science, addresses the mind, body and soul simultaneously. Thus, becoming a system that not only cures diseases, but works to help people arrive at perfect health.

There are many destinations in India and Sri Lanka where treatments are done to many travelers visiting the places from across the world. In India Kerala, Goa and the Himalayan region are very attractive destinations which attracts many travelers to spend a few days relaxing in the Ayurveda and Yoga centers Meditating and Rejuvenating themselves.

In order to cater such clients who are looking for Rejuvenation Tours we have identified a few places where they get the best possible treatment with amazing natural locations. Resorts which have good doctors and staff taking care of the clients are identified by Out Journeys so that our gay and lesbian travelers get to experience the best services in the Country.

We have had a few clients who have traveled to Ayurveda and Spa Resorts in Kerala stayed there and enjoyed the beautiful locations of Kerala. We have offered them a blend of Ayurvedic treatment to rejuvenate themselves not at the cost of time they wish to travel. We offer Ayurveda Tours in places with amazing natural beauty whether in Kerala, Goa or the Himalayan region.

Spending a few days the best in Ananda in Rishikesh makes a travelers life a memorable . Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences to bring about the union of mind, body and soul.

We welcome everyone to visit India and experience the Ayurveda and Yoga Tours. We at Out Journeys helps you experience the best.

For tours mail us at info@outjourneys.com or Log on to www.outjourneys.com 

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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 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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Out Journeys – Come Out In India!

India has long enjoyed a unique, non-judgemental culture where men feel comfortable walking hand-in-hand with other men down the street, and even sharing the same bed while traveling, without raising an eyebrow. Straight men, that is. But for centuries, under antiquated morals imposed under British rule, India’s LGBT communities had remained deeply closeted. Fortunately for 17% of the world’s LGBT community, that is changing, and rapidly. Last year, the much hated British-era “Section 377” banning same-gender relations was ruled unconsitutional by the Supreme Court, and a refreshing wave of emergence, identity and community pride is sweeping across the country.

Now is the perfect time plan a trip to India; a rare opportunity to experience this historic birth and transformation among our community. And, of course, to explore the treasures that are unique to India: Her dazzling festivals, spiritual heart, fascinating craft bazaars, dynamic and living history, cultural and ethnic diversity, and spectacular natural landscapes and wildlife.

Out Journeys, an LGBT-dedicated tour operator based in New Delhi with over three years of group and independent tour design experience, is launching a global campaign to raise awareness of India as an LGBT-welcoming destination.

“We started Out Journeys not simply as a business venture. We are doing this because we want to share the dynamic, exciting LGBT-welcoming perspective of India with the world,” said Abhinav Goel, founder of Out Journeys. “The Out Journeys team prides itself in having a keen eye for unusual experiences, such as a romantic full moon evening at the Taj Mahal. Additionally, we’re partnering with LGBT events such as Pride and Film Festivals to bring unique community-based connections. We send our guests home with a lifetime of warm memories of our country and our genuinely friendly people.”

Enormous Interest Among LGBT Travelers

Recent research among 3,865 American LGBT consumers conducted by Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI) demonstrated the pent-up LGBT travel demand for visiting India. Among the findings:

  • Culture, history, temples/religion/spirituality and cuisine are the top activities and interests
  • When past LGBT visitors to India were asked if they would return, over 80% indicated, “yes.”
  • 35% of past LGBT visitors to India had been there multiple times.

“The research found that among gay men, India ranks as the #2 desired cultural/adventure destination in a select list behind Thailand, and followed by China, South Africa and Japan,” Said Tom Roth, President of CMI. “India is the #1 desired destination on this list among lesbians surveyed. Out Journeys is reaching out to welcome the global LGBT community, to meet this demand.”

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