Amritsar Gay Travel
Personalized Amritsar gay travel advice including where to stay, top experiences, local gay life & gay travel tips.
The Gay Travel Experience: Amritsar, India
My trip to Amritsar was in October 2016 while I took a solo trip through central and northern India. Interacting with locals was quite easy since they are all friendly and eager to talk to westerners. It truly is heartwarming; residents are genuinely happy that you are visiting their city. The common question is “how did you learn about Amritsar?”
Gay Amritsar: Where to Stay
Hotels in Amritsar are extremely affordable. Stay in a hotel close to the Golden Temple because most of what there is to see will be in this area.
I stayed in Hotel City Park, which had wonderful breakfasts each day and a peaceful rooftop. Each morning I would stand on the rooftop, gazing at the low-rise structures for what seemed like forever.
Amritsar Experiences for the Gay Traveler
The Golden Temple is the obvious draw to Amritsar, the holiest city of Sikhism. This magnificent site grounds the city in peace. The temple is a glitzy structure surrounded by fountain waters and marble walkways. Sikhs flock here to pay respects and I bet you will see some bathing in the water!
Walk the main strip through town at night, leading to and from the Golden Temple. The roads are called Golden Temple Way and Golden Temple Road. The glow of all the buildings is lovely. The municipality has put significant effort into beautifying this area, so make sure to experience it.
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India-Pakistan Border Ceremony
Absolutely go to the India-Pakistan Border Ceremony in Attari. Ask your hotel to arrange a car to drive you there. This unforgettable ceremony takes place once per day. In the late afternoon, the Indian army and Pakistani army perform a routine on their respective sides of the border wall.
The group on the Pakistan side will be clearly visible. As a westerner, this is the closest I will probably ever get to Pakistan. Lahore is just a short distance away and it was surreal to say the least.
Upon arrival, your driver will park and you begin your journey on a long trail toward the border. Bring some extra rupees for water.
Gay Amritsar: Things to Do at Night
As you may have expected, there is no gay nightlife in Amritsar. There isn’t really any straight nightlife either! The locals actually prefer to enjoy some drinking at home.
You may read about how Sikhism prohibits consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants, but the truth is that many Sikhs do in fact drink. Smoking however, is rare amongst the Sikhs.
Amritsar Gay Travel Tips
The most important tip I can give you is don’t wear shorts! If you do, locals will look at you like you have three heads. This screams uninformed tourist. It is just customary here, so grab a pair of lightweight, breathable and light-colored shorts for your explorations.
Amritsar is quite a warm city, but not as hot as other Indian cities further south. I visited in mid-October and the temperature was very bearable. I do recommend sunscreen though.
If you use an American Express card while travelling, you may want to consider bringing another card type. I had frequent difficulty paying for hotels with my old Amex card while in India. You certainly can’t go wrong with Visa or Mastercard.
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India Gay Rights
India decriminalized homosexuality in 2009. Then in 2013, this ruling was reversed with the government deferring to legislators on the issue. However in September 2018, the Indian high court unanimously agreed to decriminalize same-sex relations: a huge step forward.
Enjoy your stay in this wonderful north Indian city. If you travel to Amritsar, I’d love to know about your Amritsar gay travel experience. Send wolfyy an e-mail about your trip.