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Ajay Sathyan (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 28/06/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation, armed forces, illegality of male to male relationships
My name is Ajay Sathyan and I live in Chennai, India. Three weeks ago I was molested and beaten by the police. Below is my write up about that incident.


I’ve mustered every bit of courage that is left in me to write this. To finally write about the darker side of Chennai. By doing this I know I’m risking a lot, but I’m not going to be just another victim who is not going to show his face, who is not going to share his name or tell his story. I want tell everyone that violence against LGBT people is real and it exists even in Chennai.

It may come as a shock to many Indians and expats who have lived in this city for a considerable time. You may have known that Chennai is the most tolerable and one the most hospitable cities in India. You may have heard that it is a city that harbors the friendliest of people and the smartest of minds. But there are exceptions to the rule; I’ve experienced those exceptions – horrific, painful and haunting exceptions. Experiences that have left me traumatized and damaged to the extent that I wake in the middle of the night screaming in agony. Here is one such incident that has deprived me of my sleep, my peace, my strength, my sprit, my faith; an incident that pushed me to take my life – once again.

It was one of the worst days of my life – Friday, 6th June 2014. Earlier in the evening, I was laughed at an interview yet again. The HR was convincing me that I will never get a job anywhere as long as I existed and I had to wait till 8:30 PM to listen to her yap after clearing rounds of interviews and tests. I was so close to telling her my hindrances. So close to telling her about my learning disabilities and that I’m obviously gay and that these factors have cost me my career. But I decided not to tell her. I knew she would not understand, I knew she would judge me because she is ignorant and I didn’t want to be embarrassed all over again in this company too. Crestfallen, I was on my way to my parent’s place where I stay these days. I had to take a bus and a train to reach my destination and then walk another 40 minutes in the dark, crossing a cremation ground, a lake, and a few creepy deserted places. Every day when I step out, I always hope and wish that I don’t get molested or hurt.

On that blessed Friday, my hopes were meant to go down the drain. I got off the train late in the evening around half past 10 and began to walk towards my parent’s place. I always wear earphones listening to music and swiftly walk to avoid anything near or around me. When I was 20 minutes away from my destination I noticed around 8-10 cops standing near a police jeep. Almost all of them were not in their uniforms from their waist above. I was able to confirm that were cops by the khaki pants and the brown shoes that they were wearing. I saw three policewomen and five -six policemen. One of the policewomen, as I quickly passed them pointed to me and yelled “Why are you wearing that thing that women wear? Why are you wearing leggings?” I picked up my pace and walked faster pretending not hearing her. She immediately signaled two policemen to grab me. The two policemen ran to me, grabbed me by the back of my neck and dragged me to the group, as I kept protesting and fighting. One of the men hit me in my shin with his stick for not stopping and instead, walking away. The women kept saying “Ai ombothu (offensive term for a hijra), pottai (offensive term for an effeminate man) can’t you hear me? Are you deaf?”. She then asked why I was wearing leggings. I kept quiet and I didn’t respond. She then said “Your kaai (offensive term for breasts) are really big.” As I’m chubby and as I have a fleshy chest she was referring to my chest as breasts. The two policemen who held me, immediately felt my chest and when I protested a third policemen with a stick hit me on my knees. Then the two policemen felt my ass and commented on how big and plump it is. They said I may be taking a lot of dick up my ass. The policeman with the stick commented about my face. He said “I can fuck your pretty face as long I live.” and then tried to put the wooden stick in my mouth. When I turned away from him a fourth cop walked to me and slapped me right across my face.

I cried out to them to stop this and asked them why they were doing this. They said that all the ombothu and pottai men have become a nuisance which is unacceptable. I told them that I’m not a hijra. One of the policewomen looked at me and said “Your face is prettier than ours, you’re a ombothu.” The policewomen looked at the policemen and then looked at me and asked if I underwent an operation. When I kept quite one of the policemen lifted my kurta and felt my crotch and then he laughed out loud and asked the others to feel me up. There were suddenly a lot of hands feeling me up and vandalizing me. I struggled and protested and one of them slapped me again across my face, another punched me in my stomach and then I was hit with a stick again on my knees.

While all this was going on, they took my bag and ransacked it, they found my address book, my id cards and took down my address and my phone number. One of the policemen warned me to behave and said that I should visit them whenever I was called. They warned me never to speak of this to anyone as they know where I live and that they will hurt me and my family, that they will book me in a false case and incarcerate me and my family if required. They warned me that they will strip me naked and force a man on me, take obscene photos and incarcerate me under IPC section 377. One of the policemen said “Since IPC section 377 has been criminalized which makes your kind illegal, we can do anything we want and nobody will question us, even the government will support us.” They said that they have strong political support and influence from both the national and regional ruling parties and said that any wrong move from my end will lead to my ruin.

This is the city I live in. I live everyday waiting for something hurtful to happen to me. I live a life with imminent threats. This is what they did to me and it wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced horror like this. Late in the evening in 2013 after attending a Film Festival, I dropped my friend at his place and was waiting for a train at the Nungambakkam railway station. I managed to catch the last train and the compartment that I was in was completely deserted. As the train neared Saidapet, 4-5 men got in the train and they didn’t look friendly. I could smell cheap alcohol and I knew that they were drunk. The men noticed me and quickly walked towards me. One of them complimented my kurta and asked me where I got it from. I immediately moved away from him and walked closer to the door. The men came closer to me asked me to join them to drink and have sex with them. When I tried to get away from them they grabbed me and hit me. Then they tore the back of my kurta, turned me around to face them and tore the kurta from my neck to my waist as another guy tore my sleeve off. I struggled hard and pushed them away and tried to run to the end of the compartment. One guy tripped my leg and I fell crashing down on the floor.

One of them grabbed my legs and another tried to pull my jeans down. I kicked the guy who was holding my legs and hit the other with my bag and quickly pulled myself up and as I tried to run, one of them tore some more of my kurta. The train slowed down at Guindy and I quickly jumped out of the train. All I heard was a railway police whistling but I didn’t want to wait to tell him what happened to me and I ran out of the station and to the road covering my body with all the torn pieces of my kurta. There were few rickshaw drivers who immediately without questioning put me in one of the rickshaws and rode away.

I was able to defend myself from those men now that I’m grown, but I couldn’t do that when I was 13. When my face was smashed in a urinal and when eight men raped me. I couldn’t defend myself, I couldn’t but try to scream even though I was muffled and took the pain. The scar on my right eyebrow reminds me of that horrid day till now and it doesn’t stop there, it’s been 15 years and I still ache with phantom pain in my nightmares waking up screaming in horror reliving them again and again. I still do. I don’t know when they will stop. I’ve now shut myself away from all human contact, except my family. I’m now too scared and damaged to even meet my acquaintances. Unable to deal with all of this hurt I tried to stop it all last Saturday. I tried to take my life but I was saved yet again. Now that the moment has passed – I’m too afraid to take my life. I will have to relive my horrifying past again and again and again; hoping for an even horrifying future ahead of me.

Below are the publication/news/blog/forum links which mentioned about the incident.












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riyalyne saikia (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 14/06/2014 +5
in 2009 homosexuality was decriminalized by the High court. but on 11-12-13 it was again criminalized by Supreme Court. Welcoming the Supreme Court's verdict holding consensual sex between adults of the same gender an offence, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said homosexuality is just a bad addiction and added that yoga can cure it.

"Homosexuality is not genetic. If our parents were homosexuals, then we would not have been born. So it's unnatural," Ramdev told media here.

He further invited the gay community to his yoga ashram, saying, "I guarantee to cure them of homosexuality."

"I invite the gay community to my yoga ashram and I guarantee to cure them of homosexuality.

He also questioned the contribution of the gay community in streams like science and economics and also said that he would pray that all the journalists present at the press conference would not 'turn' into homosexuals.
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(user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 13/02/2014 tagged with tourism, hate crime and violence prevention
i was travelling in bus from Dehradun to Delhi. a guy seated next to me wss looking at me, i thought he is gay, i kept hand on his thighs for almost 5 hours and he did not say anything, when Delhi was just to arrive, he started thrashing me in the bus and broke my specs, when i got down from teh bus he took me to the police station and complained that i was trying to touch his provate parts. The hawaldar told me to sit in a cock posostion for 30 minutes and then left me after taking my contact dteailos in his register and charging me rs 500 fine without giving any receipt
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It's a taboo to be a lesbian in India. I cannot go anywhere without being stared at if I'm with my girlfriend and even though I try not to let other people bother me, how can I ignore almost over 100's of people staring at the same time, every second when Im outside the house.

I want to feel safe to hold my girls hand and kiss her in public without always having my alert button on, hoping noone kicks up a fuss.

My girlfriend is British and she came to visit me in February 2013. It was the best time of my life even though I was scared to be open in public, regardless of the fact that I'm out to my family. We want to get married as soon as we can but the law doesn't allow us to. It would be ideal if we could get married in India but India doesnt recognise homosexuality yet , and I can't go to UK to get married that easily.

We've been together close to 2 years now and all we do is love each other dearly, I want to be able to walk freely and proudly in my own country with my -to-be- wife wihtout being scared and looked at like I'm some sort of freak.
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(user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 19/09/2013 tagged with at the work place
HI. I am from india. I feel very loanly because at workplace or any parties no one is my friend. Everyone makes joke of me. I need some friend.. pls hlp me. This is my no..
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ram (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 13/03/2013 tagged with sexual orientation
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Ram (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 13/03/2013 tagged with sexual orientation +5
Could not reveal that I am GAY. No one understands what is gay, TG, L and CD etc..No awarness. Even doctors are not sensitive in this issue...So terrible to be here...Still i have to est my self am I gay or can Probably a Bi???

Is there any organisation in india (TamilNadu) so hat i can discuss my feel to a scientific person who knows about gay.
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Renee - Chennai Dost (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 06/03/2013 +5
“Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
We knew not, of each other,
Yet, I fell in love with you!”

A look at this year’s Valentine season, one would have thought to give it a rest. Why? “Because it was in the middle of the week! And with a tight schedule like mine… got no time for love.” Yeah! Well that’s the excuse we all would like to come up with. But hey, c’mon! Who ever said we couldn’t celebrate it any other day?! Besides, every day could be as good as Valentine’s Day. And that’s exactly what happened!

On 9th February, Chennai Dost in collaboration with Pink Friends, painted the town pink! With all due respect to the colour red as a symbol of love on Valentine’s, it was the “pink crowd” that actually brought life to the party and spilled love in the air. Well, you might have thought it to be like a typical prom scene in a movie – guy goes to picks up his partner at 6pm; waits in the hall; sees his beloved partner floating down the stairs like an angel; presenting with a bouquet and heart-shaped chocolates; attending a party and dancing through the night; having an exotic dinner; exchanging sweet kisses at the top of the stairs under the mistletoe; and waving goodbyes with a deep sigh of contentment. Well, for those who didn’t attend the party, that might have just been the usual scheduled Valentine itinerary.

Shimmers, bronzers, colour contact lenses, styling gels, exotic perfumes, flamboyant outfits, groomed body, expensive accessories, condoms (yep! That too!), music, disco lights, roses (minus the thorns), drinks… and to go with it all, the charming romantic attitude. Yep… it was all there! But it just didn’t happen overnight! Members of Chennai Dost (CD) had started preparing for it almost a month back. Introducing the concept to the likes of a “pageant contest” (minus the entertainment and Q&A; rounds), CD members had setup an online voting system through their website for the hunt of the hottest hunk in Pink Town.

More than 200 nominations and a whopping 5000 votes poured in online for guys who either had their IDs in Facebook or in PlanetRomeo. This was a challenge to the team as it was their “amateur” experience! They had to keep up with the votes and clear them out as the online voting caused huge traffic in their website. The votes were frozen and 8 finalists were shortlisted, namely Reyan, Vivek, Shoban, Prince, Rubesh, Satish, Manish, and Ashwath. Meanwhile, other members we busy sending out invitations through every source possible as well as to every soul possible; right from Chennai to the LGBT communities in Madurai, Coimbatore, Puducherry and Trichy; to as far as loyal visitors residing in Kerala, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Attending enquiries one after the other, the members pepped their spirits higher and worked tirelessly 24×7.

Nope… the clock didn’t strike midnight yet! The party had just begun. Gay pals, couples, bed partners, drag queens, trans … name them and they all turned up. The crowd turnout was close 250 individuals! Keeping such a crowd engaged was no easy tasks. Bala (Pink Friends) and Venkat (Director, Chennai Dost) welcomed all guests. Well… they had their bodyguards standing next to them most of the time to maintain decorum! Enter the secret chamber and lo! The air was filled with the scent of roses, clanking of glasses, rhythmic beats from the DJ and chitter chatters from the page 3 jabber mouths (no offense!). At the entrance, the pictures of the 8 finalists were on display. While few guests were curious, others pounced forward to drool over their secret crushes printed big! Each guest was entitled to vote for one stud out of the 8 finalist who would be later titled Mr. Chennai Dost 2013. Guys who didn’t make it were ogling at the trophy displayed in all its glory.

More than 150 anonymous votes were collected at the venue. Quite a few from the crowd were restless to know who the winner was! Well, we were just hoping the winner doesn’t get clobbered down with kisses and gropes and… you know the rest! Anyhow, while the votes kept coming in, the crowd swayed to the music of 2 DJs – a first time collaboration! DJ Don and Deepak took the crowd on a rollercoaster ride with people literally “getting on the floor” with JLo’s track; head banging with the Party Rock Anthem; dancing Bollywood Ishtyle to the tunes of Om Shanthi Om; dancing like Sheila in Sheila ki Jawani; and pelvic thrusting to the beats of tempo of Kala Sala and Google Google. Even the Gangnam Song kept the exhausted crowd on their feet till the end, and somewhere in the dark corners were the shy ones dancing slowly while their drinks coupled with music intoxicated them.

There were smacks on the back, pinches on the hips, pats on the chests, and a French kiss… oh heck! It was dark after all! The cupid had to keep up without running out of arrows! Well, that’s when the members decided to help the poor cupid. CD members organized a stall called “Secret Roses” whereby guests could anonymously offer a secret rose to another guy in the crowd they found hot or adorable, by informing or showing the members. A member would proceed to the guy and present the rose stating he has an admirer. But it just didn’t end with that! The rose pumped up the adrenalin in the guys which made them hunt of the secret admirer. Whether they found out or not… couldn’t be too bothered! Bet many would have said “yes”. There were few guests who were too kind and offered the roses to the members of the stall itself. Awe… Ain’t that chooo chweeet!! It has to be highlighted that we did have some daring Romeos who wanted to present the rose to the ones they admired directly!!! Kudos to them! Don’t be surprised if they actually took the rose to the bed together.

In every love stories, there’s always a “best Jodi” – the right couple. Be it Romeo & Juliet, Laila & Majnu, Brangelina, Shah Rukh & Kajol, Amitabh & Rekha, Surya & Jyothika, or . We all have our favourites. But for CD members, it turned out to be a tough task to identify the “Best Couple”, lovingly titled “Oh La La!” And oh la la, they certainly were – Uday and Anand. Amongst the many couples who came, some in same clothing, some in opposites, some dressed as per their personality et al; this couple made it to the top with their charms, persona, love, and their hot steps on the dance floor. For those who didn’t win the title… don’t fret and lose hope. We’re sure you may be the best couples in other domains (you know what we mean!).

Well… tic-toc, tic-toc… and everyone was waiting for the verdict for the winner of Mr. Chennai Dost title as time counted its way close to midnight. Well, unlike Cinderella, none of the finalists left any glass slipper. The finalists, dressed in their best tight-fitting attires, were biting their nails, while the guys crooning over them were waiting to catch hold of them. Many guests kept enquiring the organizers whether the finalists were present at the party. Before one could say yes, one finalist or the other would pop out of the crowd for a break, but be swamped back in by their fan following! And the winner of the Mr. Chennai Dost 2013 contest went to none other Reyan, who won by a huge count. Indeed, his looks were considered to be hot and charming – fair, reasonably tall, fit, groomed, and with red rosy lips. His picture conveyed a strong sense of self-confidence with his I-am-the-hunk look. Crowned with a wreath of pink ribbons and flowers, and adorned with a titled sash, Reyan was presented with the Mr. Chennai Dost trophy by Rupesh Reddy (Head, CD Events & Public Relations). Running closely behind was our Runner-up, Vivek. With his cute looks and sharp features, he is famously known as the Persian King, His eyes spoke volumes and his picture frame caught the attention of many passers-by. Reyan seemed flattered and lit up with his million watt smile, while Vivek was head over heels having raced ahead of the other finalists to grab the second spot. No, there was no oh-my-god-I-won crying scene. It wasn’t a beauty pageant… but it was a pageant of being yourself and being recognized.

This Valentine’s party wasn’t just a regular party to meet guys and hook up. It was a platform to create awareness about Chennai Dost; to provide a comfortable, healthy, non-sexual social space where the LGBT community could be themselves and mingle with their own kind, and probably meet their valentines. Pamphlets about CD’s vision, mission and the services offered to support the community were distributed by the members throughout the party. Presiding over the event, Vikranth (Founder of CD) stated that the party was a success and the group has been organizing and celebrating Valentine’s day with a party for the fourth year consecutively. “Through this event we continue to tell the world that love has no boundaries.” He added that “this particular event also stresses upon ‘life beyond sex’ to our community.” Vikranth mentioned that the group continues to receive overwhelming responses and hug turnouts at such parties as well as other event organized by Chennai Dost.

The whole team thanks the management of the venue and its guests for making it possible. Special thanks to the bartenders who were swift and managed to keep up with the crowd’s requests. Guys were certainly overflowing the counter for their drinks! We also thank our Bouncers who were there to prevent any untoward incidences that might have occurred. Well… for a fact we’re pretty sure that most of the guests were staring through the corners of the eyes at these Bouncers – tall, built, handsome (and for some… beefy!). But our bad luck, they didn’t turn out to be gay or bi. We certainly could see many guys smirking after being frisked before entering the venue. Ahem! You never know if one amongst them managed to even get the attention of the Bouncers too.

Nevertheless, for some they lived happily ever after; for others, the fairy-tale just began; and for few others… you never know. It could be worth the wait! Well… there’s always a next year for you guys! Buckle up, hit the gym, and visit the spas! Revamp yourself and present the new you at next year’s valentine to sweep your guy-next-door (or be swept by Prince Charming)!
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deepak (user currently living in CHINA) posted for gay readers on 15/02/2013
hi everybody i am deepak from india but currently i am studying medicine in china(2nd year).my parent wanted me to marry a girl and to get dowry from them(girl side) so with the dowry money i could continue my further study,but when i decline for the marriage and said i do not want to get marry,they eanted to know the reason why i do not want to get married,when i told them the truth that i am gay,then they have disowned me as their son and refuse to support my further study.because of this i might have to end up my study but i do not want to end up my study,i would like to continue my study in medicine.if anyone would like to support me please contact me in this email khikule@hotmail.com.please help me.
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John (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 18/12/2012 +5
“Vikruti evam prakruthi�(what seems unnatural is also natural), the beautiful verse from Rig Veda, in queer sense describes srishti in a single line. Srishti is the first LGBTQ group designed to target specifically to the problems of queer people in non-metro cities of Tamilnadu like Coimbatore and Madurai. Srishti aims to eliminate the homogenization of the queer community arising from the dualism -straight/queer and works to educate people about the various diversities within the queer community itself, so that people gain more understanding of the queer community which would reduce the severity of social discrimination. the pattern of social discrimination in any form is of the hotspot of Srishti to work to reduce its severity so that it would vanish further and helps to counsel the peer queer friends, so that they can change themselves from the position of victim of the social discrimination to the position of fighting against those discrimination. Srishti is against the commercialization aspects of queer people in any aspects and helps in constructing the need of the self-respect for the queer people. Srishti is always multidisciplinary and via the Srishti science group Srishti aims to build the human resources of alternate sexualities and their representation through activities like expeditions, trekking etc. also such an initiative is of first of its kind in any LGBTQ group in India. Science club further aims to approach the alternate sexualities from a scientific perspective and impart people with the scientific knowledge of queer community so that the widespread idea of homosexuality is unnatural and a disease vanishes from the mentality of people. The peculiar aspect of srishti is that, it has separate group for genderqueer people as srishti genderqueer. The diversity of genderqueer like agender ,pangender ,bigender,trigender,androgynous etc is even unaware within the mainstream queer community itself, while srishti has a separate group for genderqueer to have a better representation of the problems of genderqueer.

Srishti is a student Group & not an NGO or CBO & do not accept corporate sponsors, all events of Srishti is organized by volunteer ship & individual donations, all accounts of Srishti is open to our volunteers.


Email: srishti.genderqueer@gmail.com
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macrangermohan (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay bisexual readers on 09/10/2012 tagged with at the work place +3
one day i was late at work and had to stay back. the new office boy was a middle aged man and a bachelor. i asked him to get me some coffee. he spilled the coffee near my table while keeping it on my table. he got a mop and while bending down i noticed that his zip was open and i cud see his uncut cock since he was not wearing an underwear.
he saw me noticing it from the corner of his eye and smiled at me. i did not react and kept doing my work. i noticed that he did not put his zip up again. so i asked him why and he told me that the zip was not working and he needed someone to hold the zip while he put the mechanism in place. he asked me if i could him him. i had not other option and he came and stood near me and i held the ends of the zip while he was trying to push the lever.

during this exercise my fingers touched his cock and i noticed it enlarging in size. finally he had an erection. Since i had a slight gay tendency i liked it and started to fondle it. he too responded back by pulling out my cock and sucking it.
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Day 02 : Delhi

After breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting such sights as Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital.

Later we cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Red Fort (1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra) to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on to Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.

The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.

Day 03 : Delhi / Agra (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)

Following breakfast we will drive to Agra, along one of India’s finest freeways

Upon arrival check in Hotel

After rest & relaxation, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects.

Day 04 : Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (245 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime - Taj Mahal. Before departure for the monument we shall be served tea/coffee and cookies so that our eyes open real wide to behold this breathtaking sight. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast we will drive to Jaipur, stopping at deserted Capital City of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we continue our ride to Jaipur.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel Narian Niwas Palace. This property is being run as a Heritage Hotel by the Kanota Family. Care has been taken to maintain the traditional furniture and decoration to provide an unforgettable Rajasthani experience to the visitors. Rooms provide all amenities that modern day travelers are accustomed to.

Evening is at leisure to explore the unending shopping options of Jaipur. An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing and we will be exploring the process from start to finish in some of the popular stores here. The opportunity also exists here to tailor make outfits to your design and size.

We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Kundan (art of stone setting) and enamel jewelry has been a specialty of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champeve (raised field) technique. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enameling. Colorful bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and crystal scent bottles are also available.

Day 05 : Jaipur

This morning, we proceed on a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, the Fort is a superb example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style of architecture. A slow elephant taxi takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings.

We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

We shall visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens.

Later in the afternoon, we proceed for a guided tour of the City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens and the city. Next stop the City Palace is the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that gives accurate predictions till date.

Day 06 : Jaipur / Delhi :-

After Breakfast Drive back to delhi and then upon arrival in delhi visit Sound and Light Show at Red Fort ( Subject to availability ) and then over night in to the hotel.

Day 07 : Delhi / Departure

After breakfast Visit some places if you want to re visit and then later in the evening transfer to airport after dinner.

TOUR ENDS .//////
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Velvet Milestones:

2008- Conceptualization of Velvet to create a safe space for LBT community which was absent in kolkata specially. People needed a friendly environment with privacy and security where they can discuss their day to day life and ask for help if needed.
2009- Velvet Facebook group launched. Base shifted to Delhi. More than 300 members joined. Regular nteraction, discussion and exchange of ideas started actively on facebook.
2009- Took part in Delhi Queer Pride 2009
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Active participation in queer scenario of Delhi
2010- Took part in Delhi Queer pride 2010
2011- Networked with Mumbai queer community actively
Back to kolkata to focus dedicatedly on VELVET along with Alka Kedwal
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Velvet Became support group for LGBT
Velvet became recognized by ILGA
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Started close interaction with Sangini to have them as Mentor to Velvet
Sonali and Alka came out in FEMINA ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 14th October
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More than a dozen individual ongoing cases handled and still getting requests
Creating Network between LGBT community in Kolkata to fight loneliness
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To register Velvet as a trust by January 2012.
To start mainstream activities to build and spread awareness and eliminate Homophobia
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Subhankar Zac (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay readers on 25/08/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation +4
India is still a homophobic country. I am currently studying in a college in India, extremely homophobic people. The laws in India do not protect LGBT people from discrimination. I have lived in a homophobic region for 18 years, in which even related to a gay is a shameful thing for people. I tried to study my college years in Less homophobic places like, Spain, UK, NY, etc but couldn't go ONLY because my funds was low, although My application was accepted. I am still seeing hate comments and discrimination in all places in India. I am tired of fighting and M scared for my life in this country because the laws don't support us and I cant come out of the closet. I m sure my story wont may not be much attention and will be kept like a pile of other stories. But I m just screaming inside of me and just want to scream every time, when anyone tells a hate comment about gays. I just cant Live in India anymore. I have no money to study in a place where gays are not killed, nor can I stay here where there is too much homophobia. I just wanna leave India forever. or I will not survive for much longer.
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Hello, I'm a spanish middle aged woman and I've been married and have two grown up children. I had never realised I liked women. At least, not the way I know now I like them. But I could feel something wasn't OK with men. I started a thorough spiritual work in several paths, in order to know myself and find peace. A year and a half ago, I had several spiritual experiences and, by the same time, I discovered I was in love with a woman friend of mine. It as a wonderful experience, both emotional and sexually, and my life has changed since then. our relationship couldn't last much, because she didn't want to tell anybody, and I don't like living in the dark. However, it has helped me discover many things about myself, and now I can respect and like the way I am in all aspects of life. I understand that the unhappyness I was feeling before was because I was hiding to myself an important side of my personality. And I know there are many people like me, so I don't feel alone. Thank you all for being there.
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