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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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

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 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!