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Exclusive properties, custom packages: LGBT travellers in India are being treated like royalty

Properties and travel companies that exclusively serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are becoming a trend now.

August 26, 2017 / 10:49 AM IST

A view of the Amer Fort, a plunge pool to sit by, and a sprawling garden for a stroll. Mister and Art Haveli in Jaipur is a typical boutique property, but there is something unique about it — it's only open to gay men.

Set to throw open its doors next month, The Mister and Art Haveli is an extension of Mister and Art House in Delhi's Greater Kailash, which is also a gay guesthouse. Properties and travel companies that exclusively serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are becoming a trend now, with more and more LGBT customers shedding their inhibitions and opting for a travel experience where they can be themselves.

Run by fashion designer Sanjay Malhotra, the Delhi-based company Indjapink which runs the Mister and Art is one of India’s first travel organisations catering only men. The company is expanding its stay options by adding the haveli property to their inventory. This would be followed by another Mister and Art property in Goa. Malhotra is investing Rs 5 crore to expand the chain across India.

Indjapink, however, is not alone in this endeavour. There are many others who who offer bespoke luxury experiences to the couples from the queer community such as Pink Vibgyor, GaytripIndia, and Pink Escapes.