The Government of Nepal legalized Homosexuality back in 2007, following the Demonarchization in the country, and became the first South Asian nation to do so. Homosexuality, same-sex marriage, cross-dressing or public expression of the same was considered a severe crime, where a convict could serve up to 2 years in prison. Now, Nepal has transcended into a secular nation -emphasizing equal rights and opportunities for all.
Violence and discrimination against sexual minorities in the country was common. Despite all the odds, the nation approached a liberal judgement and legalized homosexuality, also creating Nepal as a potential market for Gay travel industry worth billion dollars.
Being a nation with predominantly Hindu population, same-sex relationship is still considered a taboo, however, with the changing perspective of urbanites and liberal approach initiatives of various Socioeconomic sectors, same-sex relationship has finally got a legal acceptance.
On 21 December 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the new democratic government must create laws to protect LGBT rights and change existing laws that are tantamount to discrimination.
Sunil Babu Pant, an openly gay politician of the country and the one who established gay rights group, can be credited for tremendous lobbying for legalizing homosexuality and championing Gay Rights. As a result, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) and many others have already initiated building infrastructures for catering gay tourists in the country and training Travel/Hospitality staffs.
Nepal Tourism Year 2011: Pink Everest
Nepal planned to attract more than 200,000 tourists during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011, and tap in the global market worth over $100 Billion.
Pink Yatra, through their Pink Everest approach (Initiative for Gay Tourism), is to host a marriage and honeymoon for Manvinder Singh Gohil, a former monarch of Rajpipla (Gujarat) in India. Under the same approach, Nepal has already hosted many same-sex marriages for foreign tourists and is hoping to host many more such marriages in an authentic Hindu/Buddhist ritual, along with various honeymoon travel opportunities.
−Things to Do in Nepal−
1. Same-Sex Marriage/Honeymoon - As same-sex marriage has been legalized in the country, foreigner tourists are invited to marry their loved ones following Hindu/Buddhist style. Many foreigners arrive in South Asia to undertake a Hindu ceremonial marriage for a greater exotic pleasure. Nepal is one of many destinations offering a ritualistic wedding for gay tourists. Honeymooning around the country is now easier with new infrastructures built by NTB and many established travel planners and hotels.
2. Everest Base Camp Trek -Undertaking a wedding at 17,598 ft above the sea level, on Everest, has recently appealed many tourists. Many others even consider trekking to base camp as a honeymoon trek. More >>Everest Base Camp Trek
3. Chitwan Wildlife Safari -Elephant’s back ride and jungle safari is considered most exotic honeymoon ideas ever. Staying in a riverside resorts or inside the dense forest, spotting rare animals; Bengal tigers, one-horned rhino, riding an elephant’s back and touring ethnic Tharu villages can be one-stop honeymoon options. More >>Chitwan Wildlife Safari
4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek -Along with Everest, Annapurna trek has recently appealed many foreign tourists for honeymoon trek. Holidaying in the midst of some of the highest mountains with the loved one can be the grandest private experience ever. More >>Annapurna Base Camp Trek
5. Overland Tours – Touring ancient cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, along with holidaying destinations, such as; Pokhara, Chitwan, Bardia, Lumbini etc can be some of the best gay travel gateaways. Exploring ancient arts and unraveling olden rituals can be great fun. More >>Tours & Sightseeing