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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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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