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DELHI / NEW DELHI (National Capital Territory) -- area code (91-11)
Delhi, officially National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) - incorporating fascinating Old Delhi and India's capital, New Delhi - is a vast, well-organized metropolis dotted with lush public parks, exotic Mughal Empire architecture, grand British-colonial showpieces, monumental government structures, shrines large and small to a baffling number of spiritual practices, side-by-side tracts of glittering mega-malls, and a magic carpet of organic urban sprawl woven together over hundreds of years. Rich in history, culture, cuisine, commodities, ethnicities, superstitions, and opinions, Dehli is the proverbial melting pot where a little bit of every part of the subcontinent and its neighbors has been blended into modern India.
Appealing and relatively easy to get around (except during rush hours), Delhi is also super safe, thanks to teams of ever-vigilant security that look to have been hand-picked from the handsomest of the country's already studly armed services. If you're a fan of hunky, flirty, mustachioed men in uniform, packing (in more than one way), then Delhi's got that added bonus!
India's emerging gay scene, while largely still in the shadows, is most active and visible in Delhi. Multiple gay-themed events happen regularly, rotating between various friendly venues and announced by SMS and email rather than promoted publicly. New venues and projects-in-planning are popping up with increasing regularity. Expect much of country's expanding gay and GLBT-friendly business community to be based here.
The population of Delhi is nearing 17 million people (that's over 650,000 Utopians and more on the way).
Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Delhi / New Delhi :
Naz Foundation Humnawaz UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2011
Drop-in center, geared more for economically-challenged sexual minorities (please call for directions), 2981-2287, 4172-4636. Support group for Hindi-speaking gay men and other MSM meets every Sat from 6-8pm.
Indjapink UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2012
B-91, 1st Floor Lajpat Nagar - I, New Delhi - 24, +91-11-4652-9883, +91-935-001-3934, email. Unique custom gay tours that are difficult to arrange and require extraordinary insider connections with remarkable local people. Open the door to gay way of life and deeper insight into the soul of Indian culture and gay India. Hand-picked accommodations in select destinations. Stay at a luxurious independent and boutique hotels, fully staffed for your comfort and convenience - the perfect mixture of authenticity, luxury and comfort. They arrange for travelers to have private vehicles, gay or gay-friendly guides, spa treatments, and a 24/7 ability to contact their staff. Be a part of some of the most exclusive gay parties in India.
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Delhi has several gay party organizers who throw gay gatherings on weekends at otherwise straight nightclubs on a changing basis. Ask a local for upcoming details or get onto a mailing list to find out what will be going on during your visit. The clubs listed below have an established and regular gay clientele.
Peppers (mixed) UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2013
Chanakya Lane at the Grand Forte (near the site of the now demolished Chanakya Cinema, towards the end of the road), Chanakyapuri, Utopia Map, 2687-8320. A long-running venue to meet people from the gay community. Small disco on two levels with a gay party every Tues night. G/F with bar stools is noisy, but good for people who like to dance and hook up. Upper level with sofas is better to socialize. Fun, nice people, lots of couples, easy to chat. Gets packed after 11pm. Most of the patrons are locals, with some expatriates mingling in.
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Jheel Park UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
Dhaula Kuan Metro Station (exit and walk east to the bus stop), Utopia Map. The park, in the vicinity of the Dhaula Kuan bus stop, is super active in the afternoons (it is not safe at night) with hundreds of men of all ages who, waiting for their bus connections (sometimes for hours), wander around the park looking for connections (which happen almost instantly as you enter the park). The term MSM was seemingly coined to describe this scene.
Nehru Park UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
Chankyapuri, Utopia Map. At the corner which is closest to the Ashok Hotel Convention Hall entrance. Favorite cruising spot (particularly on Sun evenings), although be cautious and make sure you don't carry valuables. Peak hours are 6-8pm.
New Delhi Station UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
Outdoor facility towards the Pahar Ganj side, Utopia Map. Very cruisy day and night, all ages, professionals and working class. Be aware of roaming authorities. If you arrive by Metro, get out at the Delhi Station gate (not Ajmeri). Enter the stairs via the security. Ascend the long and elevated gangway/passenger distributor where you may traverse all platforms below. At the last, Platform 1, do not descend onto the platform, descend in front and exit via the next security in front. Exit the Delhi railway station, on the right, you will see the red and blue sign for Railway Protection Force Post, New Delhi. The facility is directly opposite the sign, towards the right, and shielded by brickworks.
Comments from Utopians:
"Near New Delhi Station on the Pahar Ganj side, there's a facility at the bottom of the staircase leading to the bridge over the railway tracks. Cruisy, but avoid action here as the authorities can be watching. The steps going up to the bridge can also be cruisy at night." -- Eric B, Oct 7, 2013
Palika Park UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
Connaught Place, Utopia Map. The park, on the top of the underground parking structure, is reported to be cruisy from 6:30pm onwards, especially Sun.
Park close to Lado Sarai UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
Utopia Map. Enter from the gate next the Wholesale Flower Market on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Rd. The park has some nice monuments and wonderful walks. Easy encounters are possible, although be cautious and make sure you don't carry valuables. Don't hang around too late after it gets dark.
Park on the Ring Rd close to the Hyatt Regency
Utopia Map. Look for Fire Brigade office. The park gate is just opposite (next to the taxi stand). Easy encounters are possible, although be cautious and make sure you don't carry valuables. Don't hang around too late after it gets dark.
Select Citywalk Mall UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
Saket, South Delhi, Utopia Map. Some gays cruise at the fountain area in front of this high end shopping mall in the early evenings.
Comments from Utopians:
"Chandni Chowk: on the street from Chandni Chowk to the Old Delhi train station there is a facility on the Chandni Chowk side. Very cruisy after sunset. Quick action possible in the last cubicle. All ages, but mostly poor and working classe, rickshaw wallahs. Kashmiri Gate: several cruisy areas during the day, but even more after sunset. Maharadja Aggarsen Park (between Lala Hardev Marg and Gokhale Marg): action possible at night after 8pm, but beware of roaming cops. Along the park are several cruisy facilities on Lala Hardev Marg. Daula Khuan Park: I confirm, very cruisy in the afternoon." -- Eric B, Oct 7, 2013
Rara Avis (homemade French country cuisine) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2012
2/F, M27 M Block Market, Greater Kailash II, Utopia Map, reservations: 981-123-2992, 880-268-7425. This "rare bird" is a superb, gay-friendly bistro by bon vivant Jerome and his partner Laurent. With an inventive, relaxed interior and rooftop terrace overlooking a pretty park, plus very reasonable prices, this is one of Delhi's best casual fine dining experiences. Using only the freshest local produce and most authentic imported ingredients, Jerome has evoked the simple and flavor-rich home cooked cuisine of three generations of his restaurateur family. Everything is made with love, from bread crusts to deserts. Favorites range from garlicky escargot, herb and cheese tarts, and gooey-good onion soup to simply prepared meat and fish sourced from local farms or flown in daily. Excellent, attentive (and handsome) service staff. Fine wines, aperitifs, cocktails and unique beers. The grapefruit sorbet served in a shot of Jerome's home town liquer is just one of many superlatives on the menu. Open nightly for dinner and Tue-Sun for lunch.
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