Discretion is still advised for LGBTQIA+ travellers in India, as it is for couples of any sexual orientation, as public displays of affection are frowned upon in India. Though homosexuality was decriminalised in 2009, it was again made illegal in 2013, then decriminalised once more in 2018. 

Despite this decriminalisation, the government is relatively silent when it comes to LGBTQIA+ issues. Though transgendered people did receive legal recognition as a third gender in 2014, same-sex marriage is illegal, as is adoption, and discrimination is still rife at all levels of society.

Because of societal attitudes towards same-sex relations, the queer scenes in India are generally found in big cities like Mumbai and Delhi, and even these are quite discreet in comparison to other nations. Still, LGBTQIA+ bars and clubs can be found in places like Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Goa to name a few.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

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