India has undergone quite a cultural transformation in recent years; the country has experienced growth of its economy, increasing international presence and tourist numbers and a greater visibility of homosexuality. The country decriminalized homosexuality in 2009 and a handful of cities have established gay pride celebrations.

There is a high-level of taboo for homosexuality, and sexuality in any form is rarely discussed in public, however India held its first gay pride in Kolkata in June 1999 but it wasn’t until 2008 when other cities began simultaneously coordinating pride events. Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai often schedule the gay pride festival annually each June.

India’s cinema, Bollywood has depicted many gay and transsexual characters over the years and there are an increasing number of organisations arranging regular gay events in the main cities. Most gay people in India meet each other in cruising spots and this is still a commonplace activity, however at times there will be a relatively thriving nightlife – but discovering it may prove tricky. The most famous gay club night is Pegs and Pints in Delhi, but your best option is to contact a gay organisation in India for any events they maybe hosting when you visit.

While you lock-down the gay nightlife, there is plenty to see across the country including one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the Taj Mahal and the Ajanta Caves. If you want a more natural experience India is famed for the Ganges River and the Himalayas. India is not a small country, but will give you a travel experience that can take you from the cool north to basking in the humid suns of the South exploring jungle, desert, mountains and stunning Goa beaches along the way.