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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.

India Listings by City:

BANGALORE / BENGALURU
DELHI / NEW DELHI
KOLKATA / CALCUTTA
MUMBAI

Other cities and provinces are listed below...



General Information

    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.

Gay Indian spices (c) 2012 by John Goss

    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.


The United Nation's Free and Equal campaign goes Bollywood!


Articles and Publications


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Travel Services

  • LGBT India Tour UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2016

  • 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.
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  • Pink Escapes UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2014
      +91 999-000-3043, email

      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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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      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.
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Agra (Uttar Pradesh)

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Ahmedabad / Karnavati (Gujarat) -- area code +91-79

    The population of Ahmedabad is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).


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Massage and Spas

    • Massage Service in Gujarat UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2014

      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


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Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)

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Arpora (Goa)

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Bangalore / Bengaluru (Karnataka)




Bareilley (Uttar Pradesh)

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Bidar (Karnataka)

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Bijapur (Karnataka)

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Calangute / Baga (Goa)

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      Click here for Calangute / Baga hotels and accommodations.


Meeting Places

    • 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.
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    • Entire stretch of beach from Calangute to Baga

    • 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.
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Candolim (Goa)

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    • 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.
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Chandigarh -- area code +91-172

General Information

    Chandigarh is the capital of two states: Punjab and Haryana. The population is over a million people (that's more than 40,000 Utopians).


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Bars and Clubs

    • Down Under
        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.
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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) -- area code +91-44

    The population of Chennai is over 7 million people (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).


Channai's first gay parade in 2009.


Organizations

  • Chennai Dost

  • 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.
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Meeting Places

    • Kannage Silai Beach

    • Koyambedu

    • 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.
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    • Marina Swimming Pool UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2014

    • 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.
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    • Theaters



Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)

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DELHI / NEW DELHI (National Capital Territory)




Dehradun (Uttarakhand)

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    • 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.
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Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code +91-575

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Gulbarga (Karnataka)

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Gurgaon (Haryana)

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Guwahati (Assam)

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Hyderabad / Secunderabad / Sikandarabad (Andhra Pradesh) -- area code +91-40

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    • 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.
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    • Rajeshwar Talkies UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2012



Jaipur (Rajasthan State)

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      Click here for Jaipur hotels and accommodations.


Bars and Clubs

    • Bouncer Bar 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.
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    • 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.
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Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

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Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)

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Kochi / Cochin (Kerala)

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Kolkata / Calcutta (West Bengal State) -- area code +91-33




Kota (Rajasthan)

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Kozhikode / Calicut (Kerala)

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

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    • Jhandewala Park

    • 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.
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    • Niboo Park in Chowk

    • Sardar Patel Park UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013



Mangalore (Karnataka)

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Margao (Goa)

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra)




Munger (Bihar)

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Noida / New Okhla Industrial Development Area (Uttar Pradesh) -- area code +91-577

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Panaji / Panjim (Goa)

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    • 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.
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Pathankot (Punjab)

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Patnem Beach (Goa)

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      Click here for Patnem Beach hotels and accommodations.



Raichur (Karnataka)

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Srinagar (Kashmir / Jammu)

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Thiruvananthapuram / Trivandrum / Kovalam (Kerala)

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      Click here for Thiruvananthapuram / Trivandrum / Kovalam hotels and accommodations.


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    • Kovalam Beach
        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.
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    • Some guesthouses behind the beachfront shops near the Planet Holiday and Bamboo resorts

    • 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.
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Thrissur / Trichur (Kerala)

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Vadodara / Baroda (Gujarat) -- area code +91-265

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Varkala (Kerala) -- area code +91-470

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      Click here for Varkala hotels and accommodations.



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