Jewish India: From Mumbai Synagogues to the Taj Mahal

Discover the unknown secrets of the Jewish community in India, while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture of this amazing country!
  • Date

    Multiple Departures
  • Duration

    9 days / 8 nights
  • Highlights

    Mumbai, Cochin, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $560
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Tailor Made

    This tour can be booked privately

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Jewish India: From Mumbai Synagogues to the Taj Mahal 9 Days9D8 Nights8N

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.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Tours/Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Deluxe motor coach
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Day

1

Welcome to India

Arrive at Mumbai International Airport and after getting your bags, our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

Overnight:Mumbai

Day

2

Jewish Mumbai

Today you will explore the Fort Heritage area and the Kala Ghoda Art District before proceeding to
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

Overnight:Mumbai (B).

Day

3

Mumbai - Cochin

Today you are off to Mumbai to see the main sites which include a Jain Temple and the Malabar Hills for a stunning panoramic view. You will then hop on a plane to Cochin, known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. You will visit a local theatre that evening to experience a Kathakali performance. Kathakali literally meaning "story dance" is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form.

Overnight:Cochin (B).

Day

4

Jewish Cochin

Enjoy a day trip to Muziris, also known as the Jerusalem of the East and the cradle of several religions. Muziris is one of India’s ancient harbors, approximately 3000 years old. The rare remnants of the Jewish Settlement can be seen in Mala. In 1948, the Jews left this place and went back to their motherland. There is currently no Jewish community left in Mala but there is a Jewish Cemetery.
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.

Overnight:Cochin (B).

Day

5

Cochin-Bangalore-Jaipur

This morning, tour Fort Cochin and the Dutch Palace, the burial place of Vasco da Gama. Walk through the Palace of the Maharajah to learn how he saved the Jews from the Portuguese 500 years ago.
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.

Overnight:Jaipur (B).

Day

6

Jaipur

After a drive to the Amber Fort Complex situated on a beautiful hillside, we will ascend the hill by jeep and explore the beautiful palaces and sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
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.

Overnight:Jaipur (B).

Day

7

Jaipur-Agra

After breakfast, drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Stop for lunch at a charming heritage hotel in Bharatpur.
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,

Overnight:Agra (B).

Day

8

Agra-Delhi

We couldn’t bring you to India without a stop at the Agra Fort where you will visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions before going to Delhi.
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.

Overnight:Delhi (B).

Day

9

Delhi - Departure

Today we go to Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. Visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India- and then stroll through a boisterous spice market where transactions have taken place for generations.
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.

Overnight:Delhi (B).

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Where you will rest you head...

Superior Room

4 STARS

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.

Superior Room

4 STARS

About the hotel: Blending 5 star facilities with classic charm and chic interiors, set amidst a picturesque central courtyard and landscaped gardens.

Superior Room

4 STARS

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.

Superior Room

4 STARS

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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