Trip Highlights :-: Mumbai | Pune | Goa | Cochin | Hyderabad - Kolkata | Ahmedabad | Mumbai |
Tour duration : 12 Nights | 13 Days
Today most Indian Jews live in and around Bombay, particularly in Thane, a suburb 35 kilometers from the city. The community is composed of three distinct groups: the dominant Bene Israel, who believe themselves to be the descendants of the original settlers who came to India as early as 2,000 years ago; the Jews of Malabar centred in Cochin, whose forefathers arrived in India from Europe and the Middle East as early as 1,000 years ago; and the Iraqi Jews, called "Baghdadis", who began settling in India at the end of the 18th century.
You will be met and assisted on arrival in Mumbai and transferred to the Hotel. Check-in to your room, before that our representative will brief you about the tour and present the travel related documents. Overnight stay at hotel
Breakfast at hotel. Start your day with an excursion to Elephanta Island an hour away from Mumbai Harbour. Motorboats ferry tourists across to the island from the jetty at the Gateway of India. The boat ride, itself, is interesting as you go past fishing boats, anchored ships, yachts and little islands. The island resembles twin hillocks rising from the sea and the caves are located halfway up the higher of the two. Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date between the 5th and 8th centuries, these caves were designated as World heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. The temple plan is designed in symmetry with the focal points worked out in a geometric Mandala, representing the cosmic field of energy. This complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer. Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside have been damaged by iconoclastic Portuguese rulers who took potshots at Hindu Gods with their rifles. And yet somehow, nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries.
Return and visit Gateway of India, It is one of the architectural marvel, located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of Arabian Sea. It is a combination of the "Indo-Sarcenic" architecture and was built in Yellow Basalt stone in 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. It was inaugurated by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading on 4th Dec 1924. The Gateway of India became all the more symbolic when the last British Force left our country on 28th February 1948.
Drive past Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach-this is the stretch known as the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Road. For most part a pleasant promenade continues along the beach with the Chowpatty area situated somewhat in the middle. A visit to Hanging Gardens - also known for its spectacular sunset views over the Arabian sea. Don’t miss the climb over the famed ‘shoe’ in concrete.
Visit Jehangir Art Gallery located near Prince of Wales Museum in Kala Ghoda. Built in 1952, this mansion was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir on being constantly urged by K. K. Hebbarand and Dr. Homi Bhabha. This gallery is a great specimen of Indian Arts and sculpture and is a historic monument related with the renaissance of Indian arts. This gallery is a perfect place for all artists to exhibit their talent under common roof and for the art connoisseurs to take a look at their works. The gallery exhibits famous works by well-known Indian artists. There's plenty of art is displayed outside as well. It is full of artists offering their work for sale and also for commission assignments.
Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus is an UNESCO World Heritage building. An architectural splendor, it was built in year 1888, after nearly 10 years of construction, as the rail terminus based on the model of St Pancras Station in London and is designed by English architect Frederick William Stevens.
Drive past Flora Fountain located in the heart of Mumbai and surrounded by stately colonial buildings.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast visit the Synagogues in Mumbai: The most popular given below:
Knesseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Magen David Synagogue:
This synagogue was built by the Sassoon family in 1884. It has high, vaulted ceilings, intricately carved rafters, beautiful stained-glass windows, and polished fittings. Magen David Synagogue, which was built in 1861 by India’s most well known Baghdadi Jew, David Sassoon. This beautiful large synagogue is known for its landmark steeple and beautiful interior.
Magen Hassidim Synagogue:
Magen Hassidim Synagogue, which is the most popular site in Mumbai for Bene Israel Bar Mitzvahs and weddings Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid established 1796. The Synagogue celebrated its centenary in the year 1896 and on that occasion it was renamed Shaar-Ha-Rahamim.
Return to hotel for overnight.
Early breakfast & checkout, departure from Mumbai to Pune (Surface) upon arrival meeting assistance, check-in at hotel.
Later in the afternoon visit the Ohel - David Synagogue, This Synagogue was built by David Sassoon in 1863 in Poona. A well known landmark, it boasts an impressive architecture in spacious grounds. It is popularly known as Lal Dewil (the Red Temple), as it is built of red brick - a fine, large structure with a clock tower and 90 foot spire, and a bell that chimed the hours. The interior is equally beautiful with stained glass windows and, again in the Baghdad style, with "tebah" and "hekhal", arches and the women's gallery. Sassoon died in 1864 in Poona and is buried in Synagogue grounds in a fine mausoleum.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, checkout from hotel. Take a short tour around the city of Pune, later transfer to airport for flight to Goa. You will met and assisted on arrival in Goa and transferred to the Hotel.
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Goa.
Drive to Dona Paula an idyllic spot that overlooks Goa’s magnificent harbour of Marmagoa, from here go to Panjim via Miramar Beach. In 1843 the Portuguese court in Lisbon made Panjim the new capital of Goa. At that time it was a fishing village. Today Panjim still has the same charm with Portuguese style houses and villas spread along the Mandovi River. Visit the Panjim Church, Bishops Palace, drive past the Secretariat all built in 1492.
Proceed to Old Goa the old capital of Goa. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the incorruptible remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept in a silver casket entombed in marble mausoleum in Florentine style. Afternoon visit the Synagogue in Goa.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, full day free for independent activities to visit the beaches of your choice. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out from hotel, later transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin, Meeting assistance from airport to hotel.
Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Cochin Visit Mattancherry Palace built in 1557. This Palace is also known as the Dutch Palace. The Dutch made substantial renovations of this palace, amazingly this palace has murals that depict the various scenes of Ramayan, Mahabharta and legends of Hindu Gods. It has been converted to a Museum.
Later proceed to St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. The Portuguese constructed it in 1503. It is said that the famous Vasco Da Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, was buried in Cochin for 14 years after his death in 1524 and was later transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone is inside the Church. Also visit the old Chinese fishing nets which operate on principles of Physics advanced for their times.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast tour of the Jewish Synagogue, Pardesi Synagogue Kochi
Pardesi Synagogue, which is often called the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. This is a beautiful structure with superb Chinese blue-and-white pictorial tiles on the floor, magnificent Torahs, and a gold Torah crown donated in 1805 by the Maharaja of Travancore Afternoon a boat ride at the harbor at sunset..
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to the backwaters for short ride along the canals with early lunch. Later drive straight to the airport for flight to Hyderabad, take connecting flight to Kolkata, meeting assistance from airport to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Kolkata Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is a city of surprises that overwhelms its tourists and business travellers. It is a great 'City of Joy' as the charm of this greatest colonial city never dies out and that is what makes it the most loved city of India. Kolkata has been the capital city of India, in the times of British Raj for quite long period. Kolkata is also referred as the intellectual capital of the country.
Visit the Jain Temple, Zoological gardens, Victoria Memorial & drive past Howarh Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat building and Old court house street. In afternoon visit the Magen David Synagogue Magen David Synagogue Kolkata Magen David Synagogue, built by Mr. Elias David Joseph Esra to perpetuate the memory of his father, Mr. David Joseph Ezra who died in 1882. This is the largest Synagogue in the East and is magnificent in architecture and design.
Overnight stay at hotel.
This morning after early breakfast checkout of hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Ahmedabad You will be met and assisted and transferred to hotel.
Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad. It emanates a paradoxical notion in one's mind when one sees the fortified city of Ahmedabad, which witnessed conquests by the Mughals, Marathas, and British, being related to Mahatma Gandhi, the ambassador of Non-violence to the rest of the world.
Visit Ahmed Shah's Mosque - constructed in year 1414 A.D. by Sultan Ahmed Shah, Teen Darwaza - it is truly an epitome of the fine Islamic architecture, consisting of gorgeous arched gates, it is one of the longest as well as the oldest gateways, later visit Bhadra Fort - spread over an area of 44 acres, this fort includes a garden along with a grand pavilion. Known for its architecture, this fort features carved arches and balconies and windows with aesthetic Jali works, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque - This Mosque is world renowned for its intricate stone carvings, especially for its ten unique and splendid semi-circular tracery windows. The tracery resembles the famous silver filigree work, depicting the intricate intertwining of the branches of a tree. Constructed in 1573 by Siddi Sayyad, a slave of Ahmed Shah, the mosque presents a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture,
Visit the Daria Khan's Ghumat and Swami Narayan Temple - It is the first and foremost temple Swaminarayan sect, being the most prominent temple, it is always thronged by people to seek the blessings of the deity. Temple boasts of its exquisite wooden carvings.
Hathisingh Jain Temple - this Temple was established in 1850 by Seth Hathisingh, who was a rich Jain merchant. This temple is dedicated to the 15th 'Jain Tirthankar', known as Dharamnath.
Visit ruins of Jhulta Minar (Swinging Minarets) is a part of Sidi Bashir Mosque, it is renowned for its unique construction, its minarets vibrate on shaking and stall almost as surprisingly within a few seconds. The vibration is set off by a slight exertion of force at the arch of the upper gallery, Jama Masjid, Rani Sipri's Mosque & Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque and Sabarmati Ashram.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast visit the Magen Abraham Synagogue
Magen Abraham Synagogue Ahmedabad, a prayer hall was started in 1850 in the heart of Ahmedabad city. Its foundation stone was laid on 19th October 1933, and on September 2, 1934, the consecration was held. The name commemorates the founder of the prayer hall, Dr. Abraham Erulkar. This synagogue is well maintained, and looks after the religious welfare of the Bene Israels in the city and the surrounding. Later in the afternoon checkout of hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai
Meeting assistance at airport take connecting international flight for onward destination.
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All distances in KMS mentioned are based approximately.