Gay Group Trip: India and the Holi Festival
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The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India is not as cut-and-dry as it might be in other South Asian countries. Whilst gender non-conformity has long been present through the role of the official third-gender Hijras, there are still social taboos surrounding homosexuality. Legal and cultural attitudes are improving- in 2018 the Supreme Court of India ruled that same-sex relationships cannot constitutionally be criminalized.
Your Indian adventure begins in the vibrant bustle of Delhi. During your time in the city, you will stroll through the India Gate, gaze upon some of the most historically significant monuments in the world, and tour India’s biggest mosque. The perfect place to begin a group trip, Delhi boasts one of India’s most thriving nightlife scenes and is guaranteed to make a lasting impression.
A couple of hours’ drive from Delhi, Agra is home to some of the country’s most recognizable landmarks. From the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal to the dusty red stone of the Agra Fort, there are historical and cultural treasures around every corner. You will conclude your time in Agra with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal itself, where you will watch the building’s facade emerge from the morning haze before heading off to Varanasi.
Varanasi is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth and is embued with a spiritual atmosphere that can be expected from centuries of religious pilgrimage and celebration. The best way to view this uniquely special destination is via the water, and you will be taking an exclusive boat trip down the Ganges, where you will bear witness to the riverbank buzz and get the chance to partake in a traditional blessing ceremony.
Commonly known as “The Pink City” for the dominant color palette of the buildings here, Jaipur is the cosmopolitan capital of Rajasthan, a region known for its sprawling stretches of untamed wilderness and ancient ruins. After a tour of the City Palace, you will take part in a bonfire lighting ceremony as part of the Holika Dehan celebrations, and enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal. Ending your time in Jaipur on a colorful note, the final day in the city will be spent reveling in the vibrant, joyous chaos of paint and water throwing, a highlight of the Holi festival and a staple of the Hindu religious calendar.
Once described as ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’, Udaipur is a glistening jewel of palaces and temples nestled on the banks of five major lakes. You’ll get the chance to explore the headlining sights in this awe-inspiring city, including the Crystal Gallery, Saheliyon Ki Bari gardens, and the City Palace. From an exclusive boat tour on Lake Pichola, you will also be able to view the surrounding city rising up from the Rajasthan desert, before enjoying a farewell fine-dining experience at the Sheesh Mahal.
Spending your final day exploring the cosmopolitan bustle of Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi, you will be able to roam the city at your leisure, before heading to the airport on the morning of your departure day.
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