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17 beautiful places to visit in India after historic gay sex ban ruling

17 beautiful places to visit in India after historic gay sex ban ruling

Section 377 Decriminalization beautiful places to visit in India

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

 

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Photo: Joginder Pathak, Flickr

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 

Photo: Shah Helly27391, WikiCommons

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

Photo: Pixabay

The Palace of Winds is a wonderful construction made from red and pink sandstone.

4 Lotus Temple, New Delhi 

Photo: Arian Zwegers, Flickr

Built in 1986, this Bahá’í House of Worship has already become an attraction in New Delhi.

5 Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu

Photo: Ezhuttukari, Wikimedia Commons

Not far from Bangalore, these falls are worth a visit.

6 Aizawl, Mizoram

Photo: Coolcolney, Wikimedia Commons

The capital of Mizoram sits spectacularly on a mountain.

7 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Mumbai

Photo: Anoop Ravi, Wikimedia Commons

You’re likely to pass through this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your travels through Mumbai.

8 Agatti Island, Lakshadweep

Photo: icultist, Wikimedia Commons

A paradise island off mainland India.

9 Ghats in Varanasi

Photo: Pixabay

There are 88 ghats that sit on the River Ganges.

10 Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

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Everyone who’s heard of India has heard of this spectacular mausoleum.

11 Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji

Photo: Sujan Bandyopadhyay, Wikimedia Commons

This waterfall is situated on what’s considered the ‘wettest place on Earth’.

12 Dal Lake

Photo: Pixabay

Known as the jewel in the crown of Kashmir or Srinagar’s Jewel, this urban lake is amazing.

13 Adalaj Stepwell, Ahmedabad

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Photo: Pixabay

This stairwell in the village of Adalaj dates back to 1498.

14 Bandhavgarh National Park, Pradesh

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Tropical trees and grassland makes this National Park a bio-diverse wonderland of birds, eagles, tigers and more.

15 Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Photo: Pixabay

This 15th Century city is an architectural site to behold.

16 Chand Baori Stepwell, Abhaneri, Rajasthan 

Photo: Doron, Wikimedia Commons

Built over 1000 years ago, Chand Boari is the largest step well in the world.

17 Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan 

Photo: Ssjoshi111, Wikimedia Commons

The UNESCO World Heritage site is awe-inspiring.

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