India Tour 18 days
With Thousands of years
of historical development behind them, the jewish community has displayed a
remarkable adaptability to the changing times and maintanined an unbroken line
of ethnic and religious tradition. In India, there are two Jewish communities,
the Malayalam speaking Jews of Cochin and the Marathi speaking Ben Israel. The
tour gives you a deeper insight into how they assimilated foreign elements into
their own socio-religious system. Beginning at Bombay, the first stop us the
Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Shaar-Ha Rahamim.
Then comes the Othel David Synangogue and the Succath
Shalom Synagogue in Poona. Back in Bombay visit the Knesseth Eliahod Synagogue
popularly known as the Fort Jewish Synagogue. in Delhi the Judah Hyam Hall, in
Calcutta, Neveh Shalom and the Magen David is the largest Synagogue in the east
and is magnificent in architecture and design. In Cochin you will visit the
Jewish town and the Paradesi Synagogue. This is the first synagogue that came
into existence in the Commonwealth and is also one of the oldest in the world.
Visit to other important religious sites also a part of this wide ranging tour.
Sunday-Day I NEW YORK/MUMBAI:
Welcome aboard jumbo jet
flight to Mumbai, enjoy the onboard hospitality.
Monday-Day 2 MUMBAI:
Upon arrival at International Airport, after
immigration and customs clearance, a traditional welcome & transfer to
Tuesday-Day 3 MUMBAI:
Morning at leisure. Afternoon,
city tour of Bombay, visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Fish
Aquarium, Jain Temples, Hanging Garden on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering
a nice view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Kamala Nehru Park, Mani
Bhawan. Drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain, colorful Crawford Market and
Marine Drive. Evening visit Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid till 1896.
on which the Synagogue stands
was named Samaji Street in its honor and is at presently known as Samuel
Street. The Synagogue celebrated
its centenary in the year 1896 and on that occasion it was renamed
Wednesday-Day 4 MUMBAI-PUNE:
Transfer to railway station to board train for Pune.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour of
Pune, known as the "Queen of the Deccan" with its salubrious climate
and setting among the hills. Once the capital of the Maratha Empire, then of
the Peshwas, the city passed into English hands in 1818 who developed it into
an Army Town with a distinct English flavor. Visit the Raja Kelkar Museum which
houses a private collection of traditional Indian Arts and crafts. Hotel Taj
Blue daimond/Hotel Orchid.
Thursday-Day 5 PUNE:
visit Ohel David Synagogue, established in 1867 and popularly known as
"LAL DEWAL", is a handsome red brick building with a 90 feet tower to
the north of the entrance porch carrying a chiming clock and surmounted by a
spire. Also visit Succath Shalom Synagogue established in 1921. Pune has one of
the largest WW2 vetrans cemetary of American and
English soldiers, many of whom are of Jewish faith. Should you wish to
attend a service at the cemetary: a Rabbi can be
arranged if interested. Evening at leisure.
Friday- Day 6
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Cochin. Arrive
Cochin. meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Malabar.
Afternoon visit Jewish Settlement and the Pardesi Synagogue. It stands on the
grounds of the Maharaja overlooking the Hindu Shrine and demonstrating the
cordial relations of the Jews with the people of Kerala. This is the first
Synagogue which came into existence in the Commonwealth and is one of the
oldest in the world. . Day at leisure for Sabbath Observance. Hotel Trident/Taj
Saturday- Day 7 COCHIN:
Day free for Sabbath for observers and
others can can join tour of Cochin
visiting the Cochin Harbor Terminus Mattencherry
fishing Nets. Also at Ernakulam the Pubic Gardens Colleges, High court Building
and Broadway Shopping Center.
Sunday-Day 8 COCHIN:
Cochin, one of the finest natural harbors on the
Arabian Sea coast, which has been a port of call for foreign traders from early
times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the many structures
representing different regions of the world. This afternoon cruise the
backwaters and this evening optional classical dance.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board
flight for Madras. Meeting and transfer to the Hotel Oberoi . Our day begins
with a delightful tour of the Madras, among the famous attractions are The
National art Gallery, which houses the 10th.C. Bronze dancing Shiva from the
Chola Dynasty, St. Mary's Church located at the Fort St. George, the Clive
House and the House of Duke of the Wellington. Taj Connemara/Hotel
The ancient City of Seven Pagodas or
Rathas, the site of the breath taking monument of 6th C. cut from rock with
monolithic temples with finely carved figures and sculptures. The most famous of
the Rathas consists of five chariots of 5 princes. Evening transfer to airport
for Calcutta. meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Taj
Morning tour of
Calcutta visiting the Eden Gardens, new Secretariat, High Court, Legislative
Assembly, Jain Temple, Chowringhee Museum, New Market, Victoria Memorial and
the Race Course. Afternoon visit Neveh Shalom Synagogue established in 1825 as
the first Synagogue in Calcutta. Also visit Magen David Synagogue, built by Mr.
Elias David Joseph Ezra to perpetuate the memory of his father. Mr. David
Joseph Ezra who died in 1882. This is the largest Synagogue in the East.
transfer for flight to Delhi. Meeting and transfer to the Hotel Grand
Intercontinental/Taj Palace. Morning, city tour of Old and New Delhi visiting
Qutab Minar, India gate (War Memorial Arch), and laxmi Narayan Temple. drive
past Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosques in India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana
- the cremation sites of mahatma Gandhi and Jawharlal Nehru and Chandni chowk,
the shopping center of Old Delhi. Evening at leisure.
Friday-Day 13 DELHI:
visit Judah Hyam Hall. Before World war 2nd., the small Delhi Jewish Community
used to hold prayers at the house of one of them in Baratooti. Sadar bazaar in
the old city. During the war and thereafter, more Indian Jews came to Delhi and
prayers for the high holidays used to be held in the house of Mr. Baruch B.
Benjamin, the first President of the Jewish Welfare Association, New Delhi. The
Hall also serves as a center for Jewish and interfaith studies.
Saturday-Day 14 DELHI:
Day at leisure for Sabath Observers and others
will can visit the most
exotic bazaars in
the Old Delhi, Bahai temple and the National Museum.
Sunday-Day 15 AGRA:Taj Mahal and Red
breakfast drive to Agra, visit Taj Mahal, the most extravagant monument ever
built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Mogul Emperor
Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which 20,000 men labored for 22 years
to create a masterpiece in white marble inlaid with semi precious stones; the
art is called pietra dura. This mesmerizing monument of love will leave you
speechless. Agra Fort where Shah Jehan spent the last years of his life,
imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. The most impressive part of the Fort are the
Dewan-e-Am, Hall of Public Audience and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private
Audience where he received foreign dignitaries. This evening at leisure. . This
world famous monuments have a fair share of Jewish influence in its
architecture as can be seen in the shape of the Star of David in all aspects of
the structure to highlight the harmony and inclusive interfaith society that
prevailed during the Mogul rule. Hotel Taj View/Hotel Mogul
Monday-Day 16 AGRA/JAIPUR:Maharaja Tales and opulent
This morning drive to
Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. This grand complex of Forts, Palaces, mosques and
temples was built by Akbar and later on furbished by his son Emperor Jehangir
and grandson Shah Jahan is a treasure trove of historical events and legendary
stories. Afternoon explore the colorful bazaars of "Pink City". City
sightseeing includes "Hawa Mahal" Palace of Winds, The City Palace,
and the wonderful Observatory built by Maharajah Jai Singh in 1727. Hotel
Rajputana Palace/Hotel Jai Mahal Palace.
breakfast, departure to Amber in the Arravali hills, we'll travel in
Maharajah style aboard decorated elephants to the Amber Palace. Sightseeing
includes sensual Sheesh Mahal, Marble palace and Vijay Temple, which are
marvelous examples of Rajput architecture. After descending from the Amber
Castle, drive back to Delhi. After dinner transfer to
International airport for homeward bound flight.
Wednesday-Day 18 DELHI/NEW YORK.
morning departure from Delhi to New York.
2013: Jan 27 Feb. 17 Mar 10,24 Sep. 8,29 oct. 13, 27 Nov. 10, 24 Dec. 8,
$7968.00 per person
Single supplement $3423.00
Airlines Taxes & Fees
Airline Tax and fees summary:
706.40YQ 3.60YR 33.40US
5.50YC 7.00XY 5.00XA 2.50AY 34.23WO 84.07IN 20.40YM 6.30NQ 8.90NP 4.50XF
season air surcharge additional $550.
Jun-Aug & Dec. 1-24
||Tour cost includes:
+Round trip economy airfare
from New York
+Hotels with daily breakfast
+Transfers to and from airports to
+Sightseeing tours as per itinerary by
+Elephant ride tour in Jaipur
+English speaking guide
+Services of our tour managers.
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