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Advisory: On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court overturned a 148-year-old British colonial law proscribing homosexual intercourse as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."|
The court stated, "Indian constitutional law does not permit the statutory criminal law to be held captive by the popular misconceptions of who the LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) are. It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster the dignity of every individual."
In Dec, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court, in a mockery of justice, reinstated the 1861 British colonial law criminalizing sex between consenting adults of the same gender. With this defenseless, cowardly and shameful decision, more than 130 million Indians were instantly turned into criminals and the Indian constitution blackened.
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India has an historic homosexual tradition. Surviving texts from as early as the 1500s mention the subject and sacred imagery depicts same-sex interaction between women. Both Muslim Nawabs and wealthy Hindus were recorded as having harems of young males. Tantric rituals are also known to have included homosexual acts. Transgender kothis and hijras have widespread, if ambivalent, visibility in many local communities.
India's newly emerging LGBT communities, along with its variegated sexual behaviors that defy easy categorization, provide substantiation of the diversity of human sexuality; a diversity that is more visible than ever as the social freedoms sweeping through Asia erode irrelevant strictures of colonial laws and religious superstition. Having only recently struck down it's anti-buggary laws and with very few positive openly LGBT role models, society is still largely uneducated about homosexuality and, partly because of having been criminalized for so many years, it is still shameful to be identified as gay. Gays are reluctant to be stereotyped in the public mind as being effeminate or transgender, and non-conformity is one of the biggest fears for self-identified LGBT. Most challenging to change will be the unique relationship between Indian sons and mothers. Women largely secure their social status by raising their sons to be gods - gods who worship their mothers. While daughters are farmed off to serve their husband's family, Mum is largely focused on getting her boy married. Once married, he has only to produce a male heir and then he is free to resume his natural inclinations. The pressure to please Mum is accute and most homosexuals in India will eventually succumb, whether they have any interest in the opposite sex or not. Thus, this karmic tragedy continues to repeat until the day mothers prioritize their gay sons' happiness or sons get the courage to just say "no." Yet there is hope. Rallying to their children's side during the 2012 Supreme Court review of the Delhi High Court's overturn of the buggery law, Indian television viewers got to hear some radical words from a large group of parent's who chastised opponents - "how dare you say the ruling is anti-family! We are the families."
Many men you meet, gay or not, will profess to be bisexual and easy hook-ups readily occur in urban public places such as bus/rail depots and facilities, gardens and parks, cinema balconys, etc. However, the emerging and educated middle class prefer using online services like PlanetRomeo, ManHunt and Grindr to arrange more discreet connections.
- Bombay Dost
Influential and long-running GLBT magazine.
Queer Ink UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2013
A2 Riviera CHS, 15th Rd, Mumbai, +91 98-2173-0721, email. Lesbian-owned Queer Ink is India's independent publisher specializing in visualizing LGBTI India. Utopia Member Discount
- AIDS/HIV organizations and information
The Humsafar Trust
Serving the spectrum of MSM community in India since 1994. They take a holistic approach to the rights and health of sexual minorities and promote rational attitudes to sexuality.
Badlaav Samiti UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
101/B Radhakishan Complex, 10/1 Manoramaganj, Indore, +91 731-408-2403, email. Working for the MTH (MSM, transgender and hijra) community on HIV/AIDS, rights, legal support, social entitlement, and advocacy. All board members and staff are gay
Email. LBGT support group for Kerala State.
LGBT India Tour UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2016
+91 961-673-1175, email. Friendly tour packages for LGBT community around India.
Leisure India Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2013
204 (2/F) AXIS MALL, Bhagwan Das Rd, C-Scheme, +91 982-925-7777, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly inbound tour operator headed by a team of young, enthusiastic and professional experts. They seek to understand your needs and comforts when it comes to a tailor-made tour. Visiting the Indian subcontinent is about more than just going on vacation - it's about having an unforgettable life experience. Their private tours are carefully planned and custom-tailored to meet your needs so your trip is everything you imagined and more. They provide a wide range of travel services, from booking air tickets to suitable lodging arrangements, receiving and assistance at the airport and to transfers to/from your hotel/resort. Utopia Member Discount
Pink Escapes UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2014
Email, +91 999-000-3043. Gay-owned, straight-friendly luxury and bespoke travel planners. They will show you majestic India in style, with a well-rounded and unforgettable itinerary. Their insider connections offer enthralling opportunities to meet like-minded members from the local community, spend time with a talented selection of staff, experience great hospitality and get invited to private events that are not typically available to the everyday traveler. Putting together a Signature Dream Journey for you is their passion, whether you fancy a private break, desire a passionate surprise for your partner, bonding with friends, or traveling with your family. Ask them to design a wedding or vow renewal. Matchless care based on your personal interests and travel preferences. Utopia Member Discount
Pink Flights UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2016
1/F and 2/F, 130/2 Mahendra Singh Rd, Masjid Moth South Ex II, +91 11-4161-2348, +91 98-7316-0475, +91 97-1108-6095, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly luxury gay travel planners. They aim to provide the most interesting gay vacations to India along with an introduction to this beautiful country. Let them take care of customized travel solutions would be difficult to manage on your own. Tap into their extraordinary insider connections with remarkable local people. Open the door to authentic ways of life and deeper insights into the soul of Indian cultures. Utopia Member Discount
Pink Vibgyor UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2016|
411, 4/F Jainatower 1, Dist Centre Jankpuri, +91-11-2559-0701, 2559-0703, FAX +91-11-2561-1456, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travel agents providing one-stop, tailor-made travel plans for travelers going to India, Nepal, Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Indian islands among many destinations. Holidays, unions, honeymoons. Utopia Member Discount
Comments from Utopians:
"We have just returned from our 4th trip organised by Pink Vibgyor, and delivered by Rajat's very professional
team (to India 3 times and Sri Lanka once). Rajat was always available for the many pre-planning emails. He is always obliging when it comes to tweaking each and every detail of the trip so that it is planned perfectly for each individual. On the trip itself, again everything was without fault and totally seamless. Ground crew were always punctual, professional, and courteous. The guides always full of information about the sights being seen. Would we recommend Rajat and Pink Vibgyor 100%? Yes." -- Neil S., Feb 26, 2016
"We just came back to France after visiting Rajastan with Pink Vibgyor. All was well organized by them and Rajat answered all questions and did all we needed to be satisfied. The driver was efficient and friendly. All the local French speaking guides were interesting and friendly. Just be attentive: the 'heritage' hotels are not like in Europe (like Pousadas or Chateaux Hotels). They could be very charming or the houses could be beautiful, but less confortable, noisy, etc. than European standard. So, have a precise look online before renting them. Are there windows in the room? is the room large enought? How is the bathroom? Special thanks to Amir in Delhi who permitted us to discover the town 'differently'." -- Jean Marie, Feb 13, 2016
"I just finished a Sep tour of 16 days in Rajasthan and Punjab. Raj, who organized my tour, and Narish, my driver, where excellent. I was upgraded in many of the hotels that I stayed in. Every need was taking care of. An amazing trip." -- Charles P, Oct 20, 2015
Serene Journeys UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2015
4/F Rectangle No. 1, Commercial Complex D4, Saket (behind Saket Sheraton Hotel), New Delhi, +91 987-142-5455, email. Gay-owned travel services inbound to India and outbound to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Programs are tailored to fit each traveler, right down to the amount of spice in your food. Their mission, whether creating a complete itinerary or making arrangements in a specific destination, is simple: to make sure their guests have the best possible travel experience customized to their lifestyle, interests, and budget.
Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
- Idgah Bus Stand facility
MSM frequent here from dusk onwards.
- Park in front of Fort Railway Station. Fairly busy. Hang around the entrance or follow guys down the main path that runs in between the two parks. UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2012
Ahmedabad / Karnavati (Gujarat) -- area code +91-79
The population of Ahmedabad is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).
Massage Service in Gujarat UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
A-101,Raaj complex, Akhbar Nagar Circle, New Vadaj, 081-4189-9288, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly. Massage at your convenient time and place. Body relaxation point and Ayurvedic full body massage. Available daily from 8am-9pm. Utopia Member Discount
Comments from Utopians:
"Gay-friendly massage centers in Ahmedabad: 1) Joyal Massage Center in SoBo Center, Bopal, +91 960-165-7941 (Raju. Recently opened. Masseurs have great expertise. I was happy in the end. 2) Jovial Body Massage, Ramdevnagar, Satellite, Ahmedabad, +91-989-817-0507 (Vishnu). Successfully running for more than 10 years now. Masseurs are good. Tip them before the start of the massage. Chose your masseur Carefully. 3) Ajay: 2569-5626. Extremely talented masseur. Out-call only. I was happy in the end. 4) Mrugesh: +91 84-8591-5343, +91 98-7329-1132. Nice masseur who also provides grooming services. Beyond happy in the end." -- Krunal K, Apr 12, 2016
Ahmedabad Junction (Kalupur) - FOB from platform 6 t0 12. Any time during day. Beware of
touts. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Airport terminal - from Taj Circle to Sardar Patel statue on tjhe way to the international and domestic
terminal. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
B J Medical college and hostel campus - after dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Cigaratte parlour opposite the Old High Court, upper road of Income
Tax under bridge. Daily until late. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Gayatri Temple, airport road, until 10pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Honest Eating outlet, opposite Rajasthan Hospital. Early evening hours. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Law Garden, rear side, near NCC gate - road towards eating street. After dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Natrani Cafe UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Darpan Academy, Usmanpura. Evening hours until 11pm. Upper class and young cuties.
Railway track road parallel from Mount Carmel High School to Usmanpura Garden. Daily until late. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Riverfront road from Patang Hotel to Usmanpura riverfront garden. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
S G Highway, the service road near to TGB. Any time after dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Shahibaug Underbrige - road outside Rani Shakti Temple. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Tea Stall Behind NID - anytime until 11pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Usmanpura Garden Jogging track UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
Public facility behind garden. Weekdays until 10pm.
Vastrapur Garden, upper promenade - after dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014
- CCD Coffee Place
Ashram Rd (at the gas pump opposite Nehru Bridge). Hopping on Wed and Thu nights.
Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
- Company Garden
After dusk at the inner circle.
River's Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2013
263/5 Arpora Baga (near Baga Bridge), +91 88-0592-0871, email. Gay-owned, gay-friendly cafe and snack bar along the river at baga Arpora. Utopia Member Discount
Bangalore / Bengaluru (Karnataka)
Bareilley (Uttar Pradesh)
- Try the parks and bus stands.
- Barah Kaman, in and near the monument.
Calangute / Baga (Goa)
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Baga Beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2011
Near the Andrew's and Lucky Star beach shacks. Favourite gay gathering point for sea and sunbathing. There is an active expat gay community here and lots of Indians, and it's easy to make friends and find companionship.
- Entire stretch of beach from Calangute to Baga, especially the section near Tito's. Evening and nights, particularly on Sat.
- Hysons Beach
Near Gaura Vaddo St. Head for Candolim Bardez. 100m on the left after the church in the middle of the road, take any road down to the beach. Best from8am-6pm. All ages.
Shivers UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2012
in a small side road opposite Kingfisher Villa which is between Candolim and Fort Aguada. Across from the new Newton's supermarket. Ask any taxi for the supermarket and look across the street on 2/F. Gay bar, sports bar and restaurant.
Chandigarh -- area code +91-172
Chandigarh is the capital of two states: Punjab and Haryana. The population is over a million people (that's more than 40,000 Utopians).
- Down Under (mixed)
B/F SCO 196-97, Sector 17C, 272-3000, 272-3001. Located in the posh shopping area of Sector 17. Down Under is the downstairs bar of the large Hot Millions food complex. Western music. Menu offers Italian, TexMex and Indian food. Popular on weekend evenings. Mostly for lesbians, but gay men are very welcome. Warm and chatty, especially the owner.
Blue Ice (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2012
SCO 7, Sector 17E, 270-3338, 501-7966. A cruising spot with friendly barmen and tasty, light meals.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) -- area code +91-44
The population of Chennai is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).
Chennai Dost is the main gay group and they conduct many parties for different occasions. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
Men Community Development Society (MCDS)
2618-4392, 5551-5742. Formed in 1992 with with technical support from the Indian Community Welfare Organisation, this NGO works with homosexuals to educate about sexually transmitted diseases and also addresses the violation of the rights of homosexuals.
Kannage Silai Beach, after 7pm. Near the swimming pool and along the "lovers" path. Gay will approach. Lots of college guys on Sun. Beware of cops after 9pm.
Koyambedu, local gays near facilities.
Marina Beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
As you face the beach, go left towards the stone embankment. The grove behind behind Anna Smadhi. Kannagi statue on the footpath next to the swimming pool. Panagal Park - the stretch between Labour statue until the Gandhi statue. On Sun, from 4-9:30pm, you can see dozens of gays sitting, chatting and cruising. There are several groups who regularly meet there and chat. Nothing explicit, just a meeting point. All ages and classes. No one will bother you unless you give them an open signal that you are interested. Just give a smile if you want to chat with someone.
Marina Swimming Pool UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2014
Quite cruisy, especially on weekends. Action in the facilities and sometimes in the pool itself. Do not carry valuables as there are no lockers.
Spencers Plaza 3rd phase near the Subway restaurant. Gays standing near the rails near the shop, opposite Arun
Ice Cream, Subway and Shree Mitai shop. Fri, Sat and Sun best from 4-7pm. Decent educated guys.
Kalaivanar Arangam, Wallajah Rd.
Krishnaveni Theatre UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2014
Near the T. Nagar Bus stand. Last row and also facilties. Very active place. Watch out for the staff who are not gay-friendly.
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
- Arts College Gate
- Delite Theater
Near the RV Hotel, the RR towers and opposite to it. There are Net shops in RR towers and gays standing outside to pick up partner as they chat online.
- Krishnaveni Theater. Best on Sat evenings at 6:30pm. Reported very active.
DELHI / NEW DELHI (National Capital Territory)
- Gandhi Park
Near Ghantaghar/Paltan Bazaar, adjoining the Clock Tower (Ghantaghar) on Rajpura Rd. Lots of MSM throughout the day. Cruisy after dusk. Be discreet. Cops patrol. Go elsewhere once you meet a friend.
Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code +91-575
- Cherryin Restaurant
Sector 2, Raj Nagar. Well known as a meeting
place for gays (friends, not cruising), especially on weekends.
- Corporation Garden/Park
Opposite Hotel Aditya. Cruising until 8pm (afterwards it's too dangerous).
- SB Lake (Kera)
MEDIUMWELLDONE UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2013
Phase 5, South Point Mall, 981-198-9557, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly steakhouse, lounge/bar/pub. Al fresco dining . They also do private parties, theme parties, and gay events. Utopia Member Discount
Brown Bean Cafe UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Uzanbazar. Nightly, 6-9pm.
Illusion Bar & Lounge UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
6/F Shopper's Point Bld, Fancy Bazaar. Sat 9pm-1am. Live band and a gay friendly atmosphere.
Bharalumukh foot overbridge is a place for a quickie with privacy. Conveniently located near the Fancy Bazaar park - if any hook-ups that happen there go looking for a place to get intimate. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Chandmari flyover, 6-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
- Dighalipukhuri, located near the High Court, 6-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Fancy Bazaar Park overlooking the Brahmaputra, 5:30-9pm. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
Hyderabad / Secunderabad / Sikandarabad (Andhra Pradesh) -- area code +91-40
Parade Grounds UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
Secunderabad. One of the city's biggest cruising areas. Busy right around dusk (the security personnel send you off the grounds a half hour to an hour after dusk). It is probably best to be prepared to bring someone back to your hotel as it can be tricky finding privacy on the grounds.
Rajeshwar Talkies UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
Plays adult-themed films and the guys who are watching it (especially in the balcony) are quite eager for action.
Jaipur (Rajasthan State)
Bouncer Bar (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
MI Rd (two miles from the Nerosi restaurant). A two-floor bar where some gays go. Just observe what is going on and you may be surprised. The three barmen are very cute and open. Live Indian music almost every night. Young gay men tend to hang out at the bar. Good food served.
- Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Park
- Smriti Van Park UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2014
On the north side of town in Murlipura, at Route 11 and Kedia Palace Rd. Cruising and hookups from 4pm on, and earlier on the weekends. After dark there's lots of action -- on the benches and in the bushes. All ages. Park is never locked, with several entrances/exits always open.
Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
- Park opposite the Kanpur Medical College, after dark.
Kochi / Cochin (Kerala)
On the right side of the jetty through the fences. Walk along the marina. Cruisiest at the GCDA shopping area. The public facility there is busiest from 8:30-10:00pm. Crowd is 20s-40s. Walk near the Taj Hotel to the end near Asoka Flats.
- Subash Chandra Bose Park
On the left side of the jetty as you face the water.
- Thrissoor Park
Cruising in the evenings, particularly Sat.
Kolkata / Calcutta (West Bengal State) -- area code +91-33
- CV Garden (Chattra Vilas Uddyan) at Nayapura is a gay cruising area.
Kozhikode / Calicut (Kerala)
- Calicut Beach (famous).
- Cinemas in the city center.
- Kappad Beach.
- KSRTC Bus Stand facility.
- Manachira Square
The park in the city center. Cruising happens below the trees.
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Jhandewala Park in Aminabad.
N E R Railway Station UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
There are two facilities: on the left side (looking from the station exit), is the major one with cruising inside the facility. On the right side of the station is another, more discrete urinal. There is also a more secluded back side to this urinal, where quick action is possible, especially at night. On the way to the exit of the station (right next to this urinal), there is another very discrete set of urinals, almost hidden in the wall. Possible quick action there, after dark. Also, a little bit of cruising can be observed in day to late night, on the footbridge across the main train station..
- Niboo Park in Chowk.
Sardar Patel Park UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
Park and bus stand opposite a wedding banquet venue in the old Capital Cinema building and next to the GPO (General Post Office). Meetings possible.
- Facility opposite Poonja Arcade on KS Rao Rd, evenings.
- Tagore Park from 5-9pm.
- Aga Khan Municipal Garden
Polo field inside Munger Fort, from sunset to dark. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2012
Noida / New Okhla Industrial Development Area (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code +91-577
- Barista Coffee Shop
Sector 18 (close to McDonalds). Popular with gay men.
Panaji / Panjim (Goa)
- Campal Park
On the right side of the main road leading to Miramar beach. Best in the evenings, after 5pm, in the dense trees and dimly lit promenade with benches along the beach.
Patnem Beach (Goa)
Click here for Patnem Beach hotels and accommodations.
- Park near Hotel Nrupathunga.
Srinagar (Kashmir / Jammu)
- Men meet after dark in the small park between MA Rd and Residency Rd (wrongly titled 'polo ground' on Google). UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2013
Thiruvananthapuram / Trivandrum / Kovalam (Kerala)
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About 15km from the city. Lovely (very clean) and loads of nice restaurants, gift shops and Ayurvedic clinics. Best of all, are the nice, friendly guys walking and playing on the beach. Some are MBs, but most are just looking to chat.
Some guesthouses behind the beachfront shops near the Planet Holiday and Bamboo resorts have young waiters and workers who may be available for fun, but be discreet.
Trivandrum Museum UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012
The lawns are a very hot cruising spot in the evenings. However, you should have some place to go when you meet, as you cannot really do much on the grounds of the museum.
Thrissur / Trichur (Kerala)
- The Main Bus Stand is a very cruisy area. Pay close attention to the men who walk behind the bus stands. UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2013
Vadodara / Baroda (Gujarat) -- area code +91-265
- Bus depot facility.
- Kamati Baug (Sayaji Baug) facility, after 8pm.
Varkala (Kerala) -- area code +91-470
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