Unmarried couples in goa


#1 Mar 23rd, 2009, 15:29
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I am 21 and i'm planning to go on a vacation to goa with my girlfriend. Would it hard for me to find accommodation there?

I would like to book a hotel online before i go there, but i'm scared that they'd refuse to give me a room once they find out we're not married.

It would be hard for us to pretend to be married, becuase we frankly don't look that old.

What would you suggest we do.
#2 Mar 23rd, 2009, 15:36
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I would not worry at all about this. Many young couples stay in beach huts and hotels who are not married. They will probably never even ask you.
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Why should they find out you aren't married. Just act like a normal married couple and go about your business normally. I'm sure before today hotels have had young looking 'married couples'. I know some places are very strict - not sure about Goa, but I imagine no problems.
This topic has been covered several times in this Forum - scroll to the bottom of the page and the first topic there might be worth your reading.
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Voodoo I can understand where you're coming from. Just be yourself and act normal. Nobody's going to bother much.

As far as hotels are concerned, If you both are above 18, they cannot say NO to you legally.

Take it easy and enjoy urself.

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Thank you very much for your speedy reply guys.

Yes, I've read similar posts in IndiaMike when i was trying to gather information, but I heard goa was a little less stringent on these things and wanted to know the situation there.

Yes, we're both over 18.

Another reason we're worried is, we found it really hard to get accommodation in another major metropolitan city. They were citing reasons like 'we won't give rooms to unmarried locals because of terrorist threats'.
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Originally Posted by x3_voodoo_3x View Post Another reason we're worried is, we found it really hard to get accommodation in another major metropolitan city. They were citing reasons like 'we won't give rooms to unmarried locals because of terrorist threats'.
Interesting. My suggestion is that you should book online, if that fits your scheme of things. Try website likes Yatra.com, Makemytrip.in etc. Once you have a booking and you're over 18, You can just walk into the hotel. You would need to book by a credit card or bank account (hence proving your identity as credit cards/accounts are mapped to a permanent address usually) and show ID (Pan card, Passport, License etc) on arrival, if asked.
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As passports don't show you're married (at least in Holland) you can say you are anyhow. Don't know how Indians look at same sex marriages though.

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Originally Posted by dhans View Post As passports don't show you're married (at least in Holland) you can say you are anyhow. Don't know how Indians look at same sex marriages though.
Errr I was suggesting using Passport as proof of age rather. Please go through the post again.
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Originally Posted by OrangeStreet View Post As far as hotels are concerned, If you both are above 18, they cannot say NO to you legally.
You are saying that hotel owners CANNOT legally refuse to give someone a room, as long as they are over eighteen.

That would be surprising, are you absolutely sure about that?
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Many people who are married have and keep different names, for many reasons.

i.e. if you have a long time left on your passport why bother changing your surname...!
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I don't think you'll have an issue - we just returned from India spending time throughout the country in Goa and in more conservative places like Udupi. We ARE married but my passport is in my maiden name - it never occurred to me to explain or mention that although we are married the surnames are different. I didn't pick up ANY vibes of disapproval or curiosity about marital status. I think it's one of those things that will be okay as long as YOU don't make it appear an issue by offering explanation. Now - as to why we didn't have children, that's another matter - next time I will bring photos of nieces and nephews and pretend!

Have a great trip!
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friends of mine, she is indian he is a white brit could not get a double room anywhere in mumbai because they were not married.
i'm pretty sure you will be ok in goa tho.
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It gets more sensitive when one partner is Indian, its different psychodynamics. Indians are used to all forens being depraved so it shouldn't raise any eyebrows..
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Thank you very much for all your insights guys.

But, we just decided against going to Goa for reasons that are too silly.

I'll remember all this information for the next time we go there, which is very soon. I hope. :|
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post You are saying that hotel owners CANNOT legally refuse to give someone a room, as long as they are over eighteen.

That would be surprising, are you absolutely sure about that?
100%

For instance, if you make a booking on one of the travel website and land at the hotel with your booking slip and ID proof (showing that you're above 18), Hotel cannot deny you entry. As simple as that.

Even in other scenarios, You can easily take the hotel staff left right center if they dont let you in despite one being an Adult (of which the legal age in India is 18). Married or not married, should hardly be their problem but I know the ground reality is different.

I have ben travelling with the lady since 3 years, we arent married yet and I have never faced a problem.
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