Jewish India: From Mumbai Synagogues to the Taj Mahal
Multiple DeparturesDec, Jan 19, Feb 19, Mar 19
Duration9 days / 8 nights
HighlightsMumbai, Cochin, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi
NotesLand Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $560
This tour can be booked privately
India is a vast country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. With a population of over 1.2 billion people, it is the most populous democracy in the world and is a land of remarkable diversity. From ancient traditions and artistic heritage to magnificent landscapes and culinary creations – India will ignite your curiosity and enrich your spirit.
From the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, Jaipur, and the dhobi ghats to the Taj Mahal and Cochin, known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” this tour is filled with the colors, the culture, and the India everyone has dreamed of seeing.
What can you expect as part of your tour?
- Deluxe Accommodations
- Tours/Meals as listed in the itinerary
- English speaking guides
- Deluxe motor coach
Welcome to India
Sassoon Docks and to the stunning Kenneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue. After a visit to the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, the Shaar Harahamim, built in 1796 by Samaji Hasaji Divekar, a Bene Israeli, you will continue to the Magen David Synagogue. There you will view a beautiful tebah and hekhal. David Sassoon built an elementary school near the synagogue which is now the Sir Jacob Sassoon Free High School.
Your afternoon will be spent driving along Marine Drive and the dhobi ghats, the massive outdoor laundry site where the laundry workers beat, wring, iron and code millions of pieces of laundry daily
Mumbai - Cochin
There were over 40 Jewish families settled in Mala and they were the first Jewish community that migrated from Kerala to Israel. The name "Mala" might have originated from the Hebrew word "Mal-Aha" which means "Center of Refugee".
End the day exploring the area’s antique shops and spice markets.
Afternoon fly to Jaipur via Bangalore (Please note, luggage allowance on this flight is 15 kg checked in baggage and 7 kg hand luggage).
Jaipur is known for its arts and crafts, jewelry, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures; it is one of North India’s finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Return to the city and continue to Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century which has 14 major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars and planets.
On to the observatory is the City Palace which is now a museum housing a collection of great treasures, from Jaipur's intriguing past. Your evening will be spent exploring the local bazaar known for its arts and crafts; jewelry, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures.
Continue the remainder of your journey with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted red sandstone city is an example of Mughal architecture, built by the Great Mughal Emperorbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water.
Arrive Agra and visit Taj Mahal. One of the most elegant and a harmonious building in the world, Taj Mahal was built in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal manifests the wealth and luxury of Mughal art as seen in architecture and garden design,
Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past.
Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
Delhi - Departure
Continue to a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) and witness the community kitchen where thousands of worshippers are fed round the clock before enjoying a tour of New Delhi.
End your day at the 16th century Humayun’s tomb, the first garden tomb of Asia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by a Queen for her beloved husband Humayun, the 2nd Mughal Emperor of India.
Proceed to the airport for your return flight.
Multiple dates for this tour are available!Prices starting from: $1,995 Single Supplement$560
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Where you will rest your head...
About the hotel: Fariyas Hotel is a luxurious Four Star business hotel in South Mumbai, within a 5-minute walk from Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum.
About the hotel: Blending 5 star facilities with classic charm and chic interiors, set amidst a picturesque central courtyard and landscaped gardens.
About the hotel: Your room is designed with comfort and convenience in mind; providing a place to unwind. You can take in magnificent views of the majestic Aravalli Hills and the city skyline.
About the hotel: Located in the heart of Agra city center, this Hilton hotel is one of the few hotels in Agra, offering views of the Taj Mahal located only two kilometers from the hotel.
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