Nepal Tourism Draws Gay Buddhists

Author: , January 10th, 2011

When Nepal’s first openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, launched the country’s first travel agency for homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders, the travel package to hit the headlines was a sensational one offering a spectacular wedding, complete with bridal finery and dancing troupes in the lap of Mt. Everest.

However, the first group bookings of Pink Mountain Travels and Tours that have come in are not from bridal pairs or honeymooning couples but surprisingly from gay Buddhists who want to follow in the Buddha’s footsteps and meditate in his birthplace.

“We already have three groups from Britain, France and the Netherlands, and there are queries from the US,” said Pant, the founder of the gay rights movement in what was a rigid Nepali society in the last decade.

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