Around the world, June is celebrated as Pride Month. It features marches around the world, educational and awareness events, and parties to celebrate gay pride. Despite being halfway into the month, we bring to you a list of India-based tour operators who cater to the queer community to help plan the safest and coolest holidays ever. After all, what best way to celebrate other than going on a vacation? By Bayar Jain
Five years into business, and a 15 years’ worth of prior destination management experience, the people at Incredible Rainbow aim to create unforgettable holidays with their handpicked luxurious destinations. Their itineraries are designed in a way to ensure each traveller is given personal attention. Although they are based out of New Delhi, their packages range across 35 cities in India. Whether it’s religious getaways to the mighty mountains, luxurious honeymoons in Rajasthan, or even relaxing Ayurvedic escapades of Kerala, they specialise in adapting to exclusive LGBTQIA+ experiences. Private tours can also be crafted to make the experience even more comfortable.
2. Planeta Rosa
Also based out of Delhi, Planeta Rosa comes with a two-decade long knowledge bank of the travel industry. Their services include stopovers to local gay bars, wildlife tours, and even luxury train travels for the ultimate lavish experience. Moreover, they even aid in honeymoon planning for the LGBTQIA+ community. Apart from their usual India-based tours, they even offer packages to neighbouring countries like Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. Aiming for end-to-end assistance, Planeta Rosa deals with flight and train ticket bookings, as well. Their in-house itinerary builder makes it a point to tailor every vacation to personal choices, needs and wishes.
3. Pink Vibgyor
Founded in 2009, Pink Vibgyor offers a carefully crafted melange of experiences. They lead the pack in their choice of hotels. Apart from the meticulous selection process, Pink Vibgyor also ensures every group is accompanied by a group leader who understands the local language and can help resolve any issue that could spring up. For the people who prefer a more intimate vacation, individual tours can be availed, as well. However, what sets them apart are their destination wedding packages. Understanding of gay marriages, they provide the required expertise for all kinds of wedding logistics, including transportation, decoration, clothes, catering and etc.
Branded as ‘India’s first homosexual travel boutique,’ Indjapink dates to 2008. Thriving on luxury and boutique hotels, each accommodation is hand-picked to provide an open and friendly atmosphere with personalised services. Although they cater only to gay men, this restriction does not hamper with the overall experience. Luxury is second nature to Indjapink. Apart from the tour packages itself, each traveller is also given access to private vehicles, personal hosts, private specialised guides, and a 24*7 contact number for convenience. Access to some of India’s exclusive parties is another perk guests can enjoy.