Luxury trips a click away for gay couples
Now, gays have another reason to rejoice. India's first luxury travel boutique for gays, indjapink.co.in, customises exclusive travel vacations in India for gays. From adventure treks in the Himalayas and golf tours in Gulmarg, indjapink offers a host of 'bespoke' travel experiences to gay men, reports Tasneem Nashrulla.india Updated: Aug 09, 2009 01:37 IST
That is Delhi-based fashion designer Sanjay M’s view. He is the founder of India’s first luxury travel boutique for gays indjapink.co.in, which customises exclusive travel vacations in India for gays. From adventure treks in the Himalayas and golf tours in Gulmarg, indjapink offers a host of ‘bespoke’ travel experiences to gay men. How-ever, most of its clients are foreigners. “Only 15 per cent of our business comes from Indians,” said Sanjay. “Indian gay couples are reluctant to travel together in India.”
This, despite Sanjay’s efforts to ensure a private environment for his clients. He has handpicked “small, yet posh” hotels that are ‘gay friendly’ — hotel staff have been sensitised to understand their clients’ sexuality and not subject them to any mockery.
Even though business has picked up, Sanjay is disappointed with the lukewarm response from Indian gay men. “It’s time Indians start feeling more comfortable with their sexuality,” he said.