India, as any
travel guide will tell you, takes you through a whole gamut of
experiences. So I won't talk of the exotic holiday destination that India
is, the beautiful monuments, the variety of flora and fauna . . . .
From a gay
person's point of view India may not seem the most exciting place to
visit. However if he does make a trip, the chances are that he will be
completely hooked. That is provided he is able to penetrate the gay
There are gays who visit India practically every year - an annual ritual -
for the warmth and friendship they wouldn't get in other parts of the world
and sometimes not even in their own home countries.
homosexuality is still not legitimised by law. Of course the archaic
anti-sodomy law is
rarely invoked and there is no real cause for alarm.
So the gay social life though fairly active is predominantly underground
- we don't have gay neighbourhoods, no bars and pubs which are
exclusively or openly gay, not even hotels which advertise on the net as being
gay-friendly. It is only strong networking which keeps the gay subculture
traveller visiting India therefore, it would be difficult to get into
the groove without some help from the local residents. If you are
visiting Mumbai/Bombay you are lucky. You can get a glimpse of what's going
on here, simply by going to the gb
calendar and you will see there are events galore organised by GayBombay
and others. But if you are travelling to other parts of the country it may
not be so simple.
If you are
coming to Bombay, we at GayBombay will be happy to meet you at the gb Sunday Meets or
other events. And if you are visiting other parts of India, we can try and help you connect with individuals and organisations
Write to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, share with us
your itinerary, and we will see how we can help.
- S &
uploaded on 19-Jul-03