India made history by becoming the next country to decriminalize gay sex.
The seventh largest state’s supreme court overturned Section 337 today (6 September 2018) after hearing petitions from lawyers representing LGBTI activists. The ban dates back to colonial times and outlawed sexual activities ‘outside the order of nature’. This included homosexual sex.
But its repeal is a landmark in civil rights for the LGBTI community in India. 1.35 billion people live in the country, making it the largest decriminalization in history. So to celebrate, let’s look at just how beautiful India is.
1 Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Also known as the Valley of Flowers, this beautiful spot is filled with hot springs, yaks, and meadows, centered on a river and surrounded by the Himalayas.
2 Tea Gardens, Munnar
If you can’t think about starting your day without a cup of tea, then you need to visit these Tea Gardens. Rolling hills of green make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.
3 Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The Palace of Winds is a wonderful construction made from red and pink sandstone.
4 Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Built in 1986, this Bahá’í House of Worship has already become an attraction in New Delhi.
5 Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu
Not far from Bangalore, these falls are worth a visit.
6 Aizawl, Mizoram
The capital of Mizoram sits spectacularly on a mountain.
7 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Mumbai
You’re likely to pass through this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your travels through Mumbai.
8 Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
A paradise island off mainland India.
9 Ghats in Varanasi
There are 88 ghats that sit on the River Ganges.
10 Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
Everyone who’s heard of India has heard of this spectacular mausoleum.
11 Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
This waterfall is situated on what’s considered the ‘wettest place on Earth’.
12 Dal Lake
Known as the jewel in the crown of Kashmir or Srinagar’s Jewel, this urban lake is amazing.
13 Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad
This stairwell in the village of Adalaj dates back to 1498.
14 Bandhavgarh National Park, Pradesh
Tropical trees and grassland makes this National Park a bio-diverse wonderland of birds, eagles, tigers and more.
15 Jodhpur, Rajasthan
This 15th Century city is an architectural site to behold.
16 Chand Baori Stepwell, Abhaneri, Rajasthan
Built over 1000 years ago, Chand Boari is the largest step well in the world.
17 Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
The UNESCO World Heritage site is awe-inspiring.