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India

Gay Pride pales in comparison to vibrant, colourful and pulsating India.

India is unlike any country we know of (and we literally know the world). Opulence and wonder await at every turn, from the mesmerizing beauty of Jaipur to the tremendous Taj Mahal. It’s colourful and chaotic. Shocking and sublime. And if you really want to say you’ve seen the world, it’s probably the one place you can’t pass up.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: New Delhi
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
  • Languages: Hindi, English
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: October to March
LGBT Rights in India
Gay India Travel
Best Places to Visit in India
More Info

In 2018, India’s Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality. The watershed moment over-turned a 2013 ruling that called gay sex an ‘unnatural offence’. Meanwhile, a 2014 ruling recognized a third gender (hijra). While these are all massive steps forward for a traditionally homophobic country, the general opinion surrounding LGBT rights still tends to be very negative. Local LGBT people tend to be very discreet.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Not Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery. A unique third gender is used in official documentation.
Same-Sex Adoption: Pending
LGBT Discrimination: No Protections

Gay life in India is concentrated in Mumbai & Delhi, but there are no official LGBT venues in the entire nation…the second most populous on Earth! LGBT travellers should avoid all public displays of affection for everyone’s safety and security. If you are joining an Out Adventures’ tour, please note our guides and accommodations support our community, and have our best interests in mind.

Gay Villages

There are no gay villages in India.

Pride Festivals/Events

Delhi Queer Pride: Annually in November
Mumbai Pride: Annually December/January

Best Gay Bars

We are unaware of any gay bars in India.

Best Lesbian Bars

We are unaware of any lesbian bars in India.

5. Sun Temple
Constructed in the mid-13th century by Odishan king Narashimhade, this soaring structure dedicated to the Sun God will take your breath away.

4. Udaipur
Lavish palaces, courtyards and gardens define this extraordinary city. City Palace in particular is an example of India’s incredible history, wealth and beauty.

3. Taj Mahal
Topping nearly every 7 Wonders list, the Taj Mahal has mystified and seduced millions of travellers. Be sure to witness her splendour at sunrise or sunset.

2. Jaipur
The Pink City got its name after a fresh coat of red paint was added to every building in anticipation of King Edward VII’s visit in 1876. The city still retains its rosy glow and is a popular destination among visitors.

1. Delhi
India’s capital is a dichotomy of ancient and modern. Historic structures and palaces stand alongside skyscrapers. India’s famous bazaars are as chaotic as the city’s modern shopping malls. Meanwhile, the dangerous streets are cluttered with both rusty rickshaws and slick new cars. Most travellers need a few days to adjust to the pulsing tempo of Delhi.

Best Time to Visit: India – and specifically Rajasthan – is worth visiting between October and March. The nights are cooler, and the humidity less oppressive, but the real sweet spot is in February (when we visit). That’s when daily highs peak out at 27C/80F, with evenings lows around 16C/61F.

Electricity: C-, D-, and M-type sockets

Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, no vaccinations are needed for entry unless you are travelling to India from a country affected by Yellow Fever, in which case you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: A visa is required for most nationalities, and can be obtained online here.

Last updated on Sept 1, 2019. Disclaimer: Out Adventures is not liable for inaccuracies in the above information.
LGBT Rights in India

In 2018, India’s Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality. The watershed moment over-turned a 2013 ruling that called gay sex an ‘unnatural offence’. Meanwhile, a 2014 ruling recognized a third gender (hijra). While these are all massive steps forward for a traditionally homophobic country, the general opinion surrounding LGBT rights still tends to be very negative. Local LGBT people tend to be very discreet.

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Not Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery. A unique third gender is used in official documentation.
Same-Sex Adoption: Pending
LGBT Discrimination: No Protections

Gay India Travel

Gay life in India is concentrated in Mumbai & Delhi, but there are no official LGBT venues in the entire nation…the second most populous on Earth! LGBT travellers should avoid all public displays of affection for everyone’s safety and security. If you are joining an Out Adventures’ tour, please note our guides and accommodations support our community, and have our best interests in mind.

Gay Villages

There are no gay villages in India.

Pride Festivals/Events

Delhi Queer Pride: Annually in November
Mumbai Pride: Annually December/January

Best Gay Bars

We are unaware of any gay bars in India.

Best Lesbian Bars

We are unaware of any lesbian bars in India.

Best Places to Visit in India

5. Sun Temple
Constructed in the mid-13th century by Odishan king Narashimhade, this soaring structure dedicated to the Sun God will take your breath away.

4. Udaipur
Lavish palaces, courtyards and gardens define this extraordinary city. City Palace in particular is an example of India’s incredible history, wealth and beauty.

3. Taj Mahal
Topping nearly every 7 Wonders list, the Taj Mahal has mystified and seduced millions of travellers. Be sure to witness her splendour at sunrise or sunset.

2. Jaipur
The Pink City got its name after a fresh coat of red paint was added to every building in anticipation of King Edward VII’s visit in 1876. The city still retains its rosy glow and is a popular destination among visitors.

1. Delhi
India’s capital is a dichotomy of ancient and modern. Historic structures and palaces stand alongside skyscrapers. India’s famous bazaars are as chaotic as the city’s modern shopping malls. Meanwhile, the dangerous streets are cluttered with both rusty rickshaws and slick new cars. Most travellers need a few days to adjust to the pulsing tempo of Delhi.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: India – and specifically Rajasthan – is worth visiting between October and March. The nights are cooler, and the humidity less oppressive, but the real sweet spot is in February (when we visit). That’s when daily highs peak out at 27C/80F, with evenings lows around 16C/61F.

Electricity: C-, D-, and M-type sockets

Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Vaccinations: Based on entry requirements, no vaccinations are needed for entry unless you are travelling to India from a country affected by Yellow Fever, in which case you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Visas: A visa is required for most nationalities, and can be obtained online here.

Last updated on Sept 1, 2019. Disclaimer: Out Adventures is not liable for inaccuracies in the above information.


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