I had no idea about Pride month until I saw people tweeting and updating stories about it. Pride month is celebrated across the globe by the LGBT Community in the month of June.
The Pride month is celebrated in honor of Stonewall riots. To know more follow the link
Last year after India’s Supreme Court decriminalized ban on LGBT community, we took a huge step towards the society and law accepting the Community. The rainbow colors are now also flying in India.
Being a travel blog, it is our duty to ensure that everyone even the LGBT community should enjoy great holidays in India. So here is a list of places where you can have a good time with your loved ones.
Mumbai also famously known as the city of dreams is the best place to visit in India without the fear of being judged. It is one of the busiest city and the nightlife is amazing. The party does really go on till 4 am in the morning.
Things to do in Mumbai
- You can spend the night at Marine Drive, enjoying the calm breeze of the sea.
- The ride through Bandra Worli Sea Link is breathtaking, you will feel like you are in New York.
- Go shopping in the streets of Colaba.
- Spot a film star in Bandra or see the house of Shah Rukh Khan, Mannat in front of Bandra Sea.
- Witness the amazing architecture of Elephanta Caves.
- Take a day trip and plan a picnic to Matheran. To know more follow the link
- Go to Gateway of India and take a boat ride into the sea.
- Watch a live performance at the Prithvi Theatre.
- Catch a band at Hard Rock Cafe.
- Bet on horses at Mahalakshmi Race Course.
Mumbai is very supportive of the LGBT Community, I have seen gay couples holding hands and spending quality times at the cafes.
Mumbai pride march was one of the biggest gay pride marches in India. Many events are also conducted in Mumbai throughout the year. To know about the events of this year follow this link. Pride month is celebrated every year in Mumbai.
If you and your partner are partyholics and never want to stop this is the place to be. From beer, at just 30 bucks to exotic luxury restaurants, Goa has it all. And if you want to spend time away from the crowd then South Goa is your home. The beaches are secluded, very beautiful and calm.
Things to do in Goa
- Water sports of the best kind can be done here.
- Dance on the beach, sleep under the stars in Baga beach
- Go for famous Dudhsagar trek
- Try the amazing Kaju feni and get lost in your thoughts.
- Party all night and all day.
- Try all kinds of seafood from Lobster to Squid.
- Sulk on the beach, enjoy the sun
Goa hosted its first Rainbow Pride Walk in 2017. A lot of free-spirited people joined with smiles showing their support to the LGBT Community.
Named as God’s Own Country Kerala is one of the most romantic destinations of India. You can visit places like Varkala, Kovalam beach and Alleppey. Varkala is like the mini Goa where you can enjoy the nightlife in Kerala. You can find small shacks by the beach, people drinking and dancing lost in their world.
Kovalam beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The water is completely blue untouched by pollution. The view from above the lighthouse is amazing.
Alleppey offers a unique offbeat experience. You get to live on a houseboat and sleep on the water enjoying the cool breeze at night. To know more follow the link.
Things to do in Kerala
- The sunset at Kovalam should not be missed.
- Try home-cooked Kerala style cuisines on the House Boat at Alleppey.
- Shop at the flea market in Varkala.
- Enjoy the sunrise at the cliff viewpoint of Varkala.
- Witness the snake boat race at Alleppey.
- Share a straw while drinking Tender coconut.
Queer Pride March of Kerala was conducted last year in October at Thrissur. It was conducted by Queerala and they also have a Facebook support group of people supporting the LGBT Community. They aim for a society free of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This year also Pride month is being celebrated.
Jim Corbett National Park
If you and your partner are wildlife lovers then this is the place to be. You have a very high chance of seeing a tiger at this National Park. Apart from tigers, there are also deer, peacock, and jackal in the forests of Ramnagar.
Things to do at Jim Corbett National Park
- Jeep Safari at Jim Corbett
- Pay your respects at hilltop temple Garjiya with amazing river view setting.
- Trek to the Corbett Waterfalls.
- Visit the Corbett Museum and see the enormous hides of fallen tigers.
- Spend the night at Dhikala and see a tiger in your backyard.
- Take an Elephant ride.
- Do the river rafting.
The pahadi people are very friendly and warm. I am sure you will enjoy your stay here.
If you and your partner are trekkers and love getting lost in the wild this is the place to be. Kasol is the trekkers’ paradise, the hippie land of India. Just reaching Kasol is a wonderful journey. The river flows on one side and the lush green mountains on the other. It is shocking how the drivers manage to take big buses through these small curvy roads.
Delhi to Kasol is around 520 km. You can take a bus from Delhi to Bhuntar and then a local bus from Bhuntar to Kasol. If you are going to Kasol you can also plan to go to the famous honeymoon destination Manali. The famous Rohtang Pass is here which leads to Ladakh.
Things to do in and around Kasol
- Enjoy a hot bowl of Maggie in the cold winters.
- Take the unexplored Chalal trek trail.
- Go for famous Kheerganga trek
- Have a puff of famous ganja at Malana. It is the purest form of ganja and the high is as good as it gets.
- Trek to Tosh village
- Visit the famous Manikaran Sahib and learn the myths of the place. To know more follow the link.
- Go for river rafting and paragliding in Kullu.
- Try Israeli food.
The people of Himachal are the best hosts. They will make you feel right at home.
If you and your partner are seeking spiritual guidance, new perspective then this is the place to go. It is easily accessible from all major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar. Set amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range, it is the best place to know about Tibetan culture and traditions. Also the struggles they had faced to keep their religion alive.
The Buddhist monasteries are one of a kind. It is also know known as a spiritual dwelling as it houses the main temple of Dalai Lama. To know more follow the link.
Things to do in Dharamshala
- Indulge in the practice of meditating
- Go for Paragliding at the Bir Billing paragliding center.
- Try Pahadi costumes at Bhagsu nag temple.
- Trek to Bhasu nag waterfall.
- Visit the Monasteries of Dharamshala. To know more follow the link.
- Go for Triund trek or Kareki lake trek.
- Visit the museum to learn about the history of Tibetans
- Attend the sessions of Dalai Lama.
- Plan a trip to Dalhousie and Khajjar.
You can go for this place when you are in a shoestring budget. The place gives very positive vibes and you can seek solace in Buddhism.
Bangalore to Ooty
Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India. The people are very warm and they don’t judge at all. Bangalore to Ooty is the most scenic route of South India. The hit song Chaiyya Chaiyya of Shahrukh and Malaika was shot at the Nilgiri Mountain Railways. The tea gardens, colonial old buildings, country lanes, the mesmerizing waterfalls, and the fresh air will give peace to your soul like a monk finds its solace in his meditation. The Dodabetta peak trail is breathtaking covered with Eucalyptus trees providing an amazing view of the valley. To know more follow the link
Things to do in Ooty
- You can go for a boat ride in the beautiful Ooty lake.
- Take a stroll in the botanical garden.
- Look through a telescope from Doddabetta viewpoint.
- Search for blue and black roses in the rose garden.
- Take a toy train from Ooty to Connor.
- Enjoy at the wax museum.
- Buy local homemade chocolates.
- See the entire tea manufacturing process at the Tea Museum.
- Spot animals while passing through Bandipur National Park.
- Enjoy at Thunder world.
Bangalore has been conducting Bengaluru Namma Pride March since 2008. More than 700 people joined in the march joined in 2008 against Section 377. The Pride month is now like a festival for Bangalore people.
I hope this list helps you to plan your next trip without fear of being judged and you can have quality time with your loved ones. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section and reach out if you need any help.
To know about the events for LGBT Community in India go through this amazing website of LGBT Events India.