India – A beach lover’s Haven (Gay Goa Tour)

Apart from Wildlife and Hills, there are many others themes that a traveler can cover. Not many beach lovers know that India has  a coastline of 7,517 km (4,671 mi). A few popular beach destinations in the country are Goa, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal, Mumbai, Karnataka, Vizag, and Union territories like Pondicherry, Daman and Diu, Andamans and Lakshwadweep Islands. Among them Goa, Mumbai, Kerala are most preferred by Gay Travelers.

Explore the beaches of India with Out Journeys. Experience the luxury, rejuvenation, and  the destinations.

Beaches of Goa
The state of Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1962, and is famous for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture. Goa’s Beaches reflect its colourful mosaic of history. Goa is a tropical paradise with miles of palm-fringed sandy Beaches. Goa is a vivid mixture of white washed Catholic churches, Hindu temples and the colours and aromas of the busy street markets. Accommodation in Goa ranges from top quality hotels to rooms in private houses. It is possible to find package holiday hotels in Goa on a Bed and Breakfast. The main Goa holiday season is November to April.
Beaches Of Goa and its beauty

Goa has a total coastline of 125 km and that makes people believe that it is a long big beach. The beaches of Goa are like the curves of a woman. The beaches are beautiful and each beach is unique in its own way. Goa’s beaches are speckled with quaint little beach shacks that serve ice cold beer and spicy Goan cuisine. All along the beaches of Goa are picturesque villages red tiled houses and here and there, the remains of fortresses, in complete contrast, inland Goa has deep valleys and fast flowing rivers surrounded by wooded hills.
Places Of Interest

Beaches of Goa are much ahead of other beaches in India in terms of popularity and the facilities that are available here. There are exotic cuisine backing the pleasure of sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include water scooters to water gliding. One can engage in shopping on the beach side stalls and shacks and also enjoy a midnight bonfire on the beach. The beaches have been divided as north Goa Beaches and South Goa Beaches. The popular North Goa beaches which are known for its trance atmosphere is Candolim beach, Sinquerim Beach, Baga beach, Bambolim beach, Arambol beach and Vagator beach. The South Goa beaches are Benaulim Beach , Palolem beach, Agonda beach, Mobor beach and Cavelossim beach.
All the beaches are beautiful and very much scenic. The beaches which are very much overcrowded are the Dona Paula, Calangute Colva and so on. Always remember that all the beaches are not safe for swimmers. So check out with the beach guard before wading into the sea.

– Anjuna Beach, Goa
– Arambol Beach, Goa
– Agonda Beach, Goa
– Aguada Beach, Goa
– Benaulim Beach, Goa
– Bogmalo Beach, Goa
– Baga Beach, Goa
– Calangute Beach, Goa
– Cavelossim Beach, Goa
– Candolim Beach, Goa
– Colva Beach, Goa
– Dona Paula Beach, Goa
– Mobor Beach, Goa
– Majorda Beach, Goa
– Miramar Beach, Goa
– Palolem Beach, Goa
– Vagator Beach, Goa
– Sinquerim Beach, Goa
– Varca Beach, Goa

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Bombay

Arrive Bombay from own country & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Bombay.

Day 02: Bombay

Get introduced to the diverse heritage, bustling markets, business houses and many different communities that represent in this city the ever changing face of modern India.

Check out from hotel at 12 noon. Later in the evening transfer to railway station to board overnight train to Aurangabad.

Day 03: Arrive Aurangabad

Early morning arrive at Aurangabad & transfer to hotel.
Later visit Ellora caves, Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompasses 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode – Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. The stay will be overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 04: Aurangabad

Morning visit Ajanta. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries.
The stay will be overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 05: Aurangabad – Bombay by train Bombay – Goa by flight

Morning check out from hotel & transfer to railway station to board train to Bombay, Arrive at Bombay & transfer to airport to board flight for Goa. Arrive at Goa & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 06: Goa

Enjoy the sun and sand to your heart`s content. Goa has some of the most exciting party scene in India, look forward to excursions that will allow you not just to party but also give you a chance to mingle with Goa’s gay community.

Day 07: Goa

Day free on beach. No transport services. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 08: Goa

Day free on beach. No transport services. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 09: Goa – Badami

Morning check out from hotel & drive to Badami, the dramatic capital of the powerful chalukya dynasty that ruled the deccan in the 6th and 7th century AD. Among the ruins are some truly spectacular temples carved into the southern face of the overhanging cliff. The stay will be overnight at Badami.

Day 10: Badami – Hospet

Morning visit city, Also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury and a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.

After visit drive to Hospet, Arrive at Hospet & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Hospet.

Day 11: Hospet – Hampi – Hospet

Visit the ruined city of Hampi on the bank of the Tungabhadra River. This is the site of the capital of Vijaynagar that held sway over the region for more than 200 years. The stay will be overnight at Hospet.

Day 12: Hospet – Dandeli

Morning drive to the camp at Dandeli. Adventure awaits to challenge you as white water. The stay will be overnight at Dandeli.

Day 13: Dandeli

Go into jungle in open jeeps at dawn to spot wildlife before it holes up for the day. After breakfast, ride the river and birdwatch, keeping a wary eye on the crocodiles basking on the banks. The stay will be overnight at Dandeli.

Day 14: Dandeli – Goa – Bombay & Departure

Morning drive to Goa, arrive at Goa & transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay, Arrive domestic airport of Bombay & transfer to international airport by airport coach to board flight for onward journey.

To Book this tour mail us at info@outjourneys.com or log on to www.outjourneys.com Call us at +9910170694

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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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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 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.

To check our website log on to www.outjourneys.com or you can mail us at info@outjourneys.com

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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