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Jewish Tour 
Itinerary Especially Prepared


 

 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 centered 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.

 

The Indian Jewish community has shrunk considerably in recent years, primarily due to emigration…. This tour has been planned to show the main synagogues of India with a mix Of regular sightseeing’s at each city.

 
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
You will be met and assisted on arrival in Mumbai and transferred to the Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 02: In Mumbai
After breakfast morning sightseeing tour of Mumbai Start the tour with a 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.

 
Afternoon free for independent activities
Drive past Flora Fountain –located in the heart of Mumbai and surrounded by stately colonial buildings. Later visit the National Gallery of Modern Arts-It displays the best of Indian Contemporary Art. 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.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 03: In Mumbai
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 Early evening return to the hotel..

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 04: Mumbai – Pune
This morning after early breakfast checkout of the Hotel and transfer to the airport for Flight to Pune You will be met & assisted on arrival in Pune & transferred to the Hotel.Later in the afternoon visit the Ohel – David Synagogue

 
The Ohel-David Synagogue Pune:
 The 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 the synagogue grounds in a fine mausoleum.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 05: Pune - Goa
After breakfast a short tour around the city of Pune Later checkout of the Hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Goa Goa. You will met and assisted on arrival in Goa and transferred to the Hotel

 

Rest of the day free for independent activities.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 06: In Goa
 After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Goa A drive to Dona –Paula an idyllic spot that overlooks Goas 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.

 

Then onto 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 at Goa:

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 07: In Goa
 Full day free for independent activities.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 08: Goa – Cochin
You will be met and assisted on arrival in Cochin and transferred to the Hotel.

 

Morning free for independent activities Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Cochin Visit Mattancherry Palace built in 1557. The palace is also known as the Dutch Palace, in 1663 The Dutch made substantial renovations to 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 Protuguese 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: Hotel



 
Day 09: In Cochin
After breakfast half day 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: Hotel



 
Day 10: Cochin –Hyderabad- Calcutta
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 Arrive Hyderabad at and after a short break at the airport take another flight to Calcutta Arrive Kolkata.

 

you will be meet & assisted on arrival at Kolkata & transferred to the Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 11: In Kolkata
After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Kolkata Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is a city of surprises that overwhelms its tourists and business travelers. 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. 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: Hotel



 
Day 12: Kolkata – Ahmedabad
This morning after early breakfast checkout of hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Ahmedabad You will be met and assisted on arrival in Ahmedabad & 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. Post breakfast half day city tour, covering Indo-Saracenic archetypal Mosques, Jama Masjid and Sidi Syed Mosque, followed by the painted Swaminarayan Temple. .

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 13: Ahmedabad - Mumbai
 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

 

You will be met & assisted on arrival in Mumbai and transferred to the Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel



 
Day 14: Leave Mumbai
After breakfast full day free for independent activities. Later in the evening checkout of hotel and transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
 

 

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