India is famous for its rich heritage, unique traditions, diverse culture and ancient civilization. It has preserved its cultural heritage in various forms: magnificent palaces, havelis, temples, mosques and churches, spicy and delicious cuisine, and many colorful and lively festivals. India has it all, making it one of the most popular cultural destinations of the world, and is becoming a favorite hotspot for gay & lesbian couples seeking an exotic and unique travel experience!
You & your partner can visit some of the most world-renowned sites including the Taj Mahal, immerse yourself in the culture by staying with a local family, indulge in fabulous cuisine or the urban scene, tour like an adventurer through the jungle or at the foot of the Himalayas.
Enjoy this introduction to the beautiful country of India, thanks to our friends at Pink Escapes!
It is said you can eat more varieties of cuisine in India than the rest of the world all together! The delicious Indian recipes, as rich and diverse as its civilization, have been passed on through generations by word of mouth. The range varies from region to region, from the taste, to the color, texture and aroma.
Cuisine & Culture tours are a new trend, featuring celebrity chefs, regional delicacies and personalized culinary adventures. Not only do you dine and imbibe extremely well but also learn about aspects of food creation and cooking. There are memorable visits to interesting markets (spice & vegetable), private homes and the best restaurants, making the journey a gastronome’s delight! Go fishing with a Goan fisherman in a seaside village, and then return to his home for a cooking demo and a meal with his family. Meet a plantation owner in famed Darjeeling, who creates a special blend of tea just for you. A sumptuous experience awaits you, an Experience to Love!
Indian textiles are based on India's intricate social structure and a lifestyle based on rituals, ceremonies, music and festivals. It is truly an adventure to visit various tribes throughout the country - in small isolated communities they have preserved their distinct way of life and their traditions are reflected in ther textiles and fabrics.
Textile tours create a rich weave that reflects India as a land of acumen, charm and passion providing a kaleidoscope to the world's most ancient civilization. From the rich brocades of Benares to the jewel like mirror work of Gujarat; from block prints to tie and dye fabrics of Rajasthan; from phulkari embroidery in Punjab to chikan work in Lucknow; from rich Kanjeevarams in the South to Ikat from Orissa; from the tribal warrior blankets of Nagaland to Batiks; from pashminas to tribal rugs from nomads in Kashmir. Undertake this truly inspiring sojourn and witness the hidden techniques of the master weavers and embroiderers that has been handed down through generations.
Surrounded by water on three sides and with more than 7500 km of coastline, India is home to an amazing array of beaches. These tropical beaches offer a picture perfect combination of sun, sand and sea, ideal for destination weddings, honeymoons or simply a romantic getaway.
Some of the beach destinations of India, such as Kerala, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar and theLakshadweep Islands, are famous for their pristine beauty. Up North are the Himalayas, which in the local language mean ‘Abode of Snow’. Some of the world's major river systems arise in the Himalayas and their combined drainage basins are home to some 3 billion people (almost half of the Earth's population). Being the seventh largest county in the world with a very diverse topography, India offers some extremely breathtaking nature journeys. Rejuvenate in the exquisiteness of Darjeeling and Gangtok or escape in the snow capped mountains, relax on the beaches or lose yourself midst the exotic greenery of the dense forests.
India is home to nearly 70% of the world's bio-diversity and sprinkled with more than 80 national parks and 440 wildlife sanctuaries, a dream come true for wild-life enthusiasts. India houses 5 (UNESCO) Natural sites, that are a must see. A wildlife experience to India takes you through dense wild jungles and brings you face to face with tigers, elephants and rhinos trampling their way through the tall grasses. Take a jungle safari (Jeep or Elephant), experience the thrill of facing a leopard or photograph colorful birds s, all at one breathtaking destination.
The Indian subcontinent’s extremely varied topography offers a heart-thumping variety of adventure experiences: trekking, rafting, fishing, cycling, safaris (camel, jeep, and elephant), joy rides (tonga, tuk-tuk or rickshaws) and winter skiing, to name a few. Andaman, Nicobar and theLakshadweep Islands are a world class eco-tourism destination with tremendous potential for adventure and water sports like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. Whether it is hiking in the Himalayas, rafting in Rishikesh, driving to Leh in an SUV, a camel safari in the desert, sky ballooning, ethno tourism, overland travel, camping in the dunes, whatever you choose, thrilling and memorable experiences await throughout the exotic land of India!
RELIGION & TRADITIONS
Learn about Hinduism, one of the oldest world religions, which traces its history back almost 6000 years to the Indus Valley civilization. Or witness the teachings of its more recent 15th century offshoot, Sikhism. Most Indian religions believe that our purpose in life is to realize that we are part of God, so that we can leave this plane of existence and rejoin God, thus achieving inner peace.
Don’t be surprised if you spot a nude monk walking down the street with sandalwood powder smeared on his head—he might be a Jain monk. Learn about Jainism and its mythological origins. Buddhism, one of the world's major religions, originated in India, from where it spread far and wide and continues to do so. Holy sites abound on the subcontinent and your travel itinerary can be based on a number of places of pilgrimage, or you can concentrate on a single region or religion. Travel the footsteps of the Buddha; attend an 11 day Vipassana camp; take a dip in the Ganges in the holy city of Varanasi; experience the sublime at the Golden Temple; admire the architecture of the Jain temples in Ranakpur; gain knowledge from a master in a private session on a boat cruise at sunrise… your preference is the guide.
CITIES / NIGHTLIFE
Those in love with big cities and their pulsating swift life have several options for a super experience: Mumbai, the city that never sleeps; Delhi, where the private party culture takes a leap; Young and Peppy Bangalore; must-visit Kolkata, traditional yet wild; Hyderabad, the city of the Nizams; Chennai, its beach to console.
An ideal day might include a short city and shopping tour, time to explore the cuisine and visits to art galleries or theatres. In the early evening enjoy a relaxation massage by a Gay therapist, before you & your partner hit a private party or a gay bar with your host. It couldn’t get better even in your dreams!
India is a shopper’s paradise, with a fascinating blend of choices. There is an endless array of flea markets, colorful bazaars, handicraft lanes and hidden shops, as well as modern malls and Indian designer boutiques. Everything is possible- tailormade suits or dresses; you canorder a bed spread, quilt, table cover or cushion to your patterns and specifications; commission a traditional piece of jewelry for your partner or ask the weavers to weave a carpet of your dreams. Consider antiques, tribal arts, miniature paintings, sculptures, spices, tea… the list is endless. All you must have is a VISA (both kinds), some money for the inevitable street shopping and ample room to take it home (or plan to ship).
Cultural immersion tours allow you to personally experience the traditions and customs of individual families, as you are welcomed into their private homes, schools and small businesses. You'll gain an unforgettable inside-view of the world's most diverse country and a much deeper understanding of Indian people. Special activities for children can be organized by your travel guide, as well as appropriate fun-filled destinations and hotels to brighten the experience for your child: puppet shows, bird watching, junior chef and block printing, museums, hikes and viewing the wildlife are just a few highlights.
WEDDINGS / RENEWAL of VOWS / HONEYMOONS
Getting married according to Indian traditions involves many fascinating and exciting features. Picture this... a procession with dancers and drummers in colorful clothes, wedding singers, red carpets, an elaborately decorated stage, vibrantly adorned elephants (or a horse-drawn chariot) on which your partner arrives, fireworks, a warm welcome for attending friends and family... the list is as exciting as it is unlimited. Indian weddings are known for their glamour, flamboyance and fanfare. Or, there are myriad options for your romantic renewal of vows - traditional rituals, live musical recitals, serene settings, flowers and fragrance... a great way to celebrate and strengthen your relationship.
Honeymooning in India is unforgettable! Aside from India’s palm fringed golden sand beaches and snow covered mountains, the islands provide many other breathtaking secluded locations to enjoy a romantic honeymoon or to celebrate your love on a romantic getaway. Drown in each other and your passionate love! Whether you prefer to cruise in the backwaters of Kerala, chill in the private beach huts of Goa, take a private yacht to the secluded beaches of the Andaman Islands, get lost in the hustle-bustle of Rajasthan or catch a private helicopter to view the Taj Mahal by moonlight, the magical journey of your choice is always possible.
India offers endless opportunities to create the travel experience of your dreams!
Choose from an array of options to suit your interests and lifestyle, leave the rest to the travel designers at Pink Escapes (based in New Delhi) who will tailor make a wonderful and unforgettable escapade. An Experience to Love and remember forever!
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