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SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS TOURS:

A JEWISH PILGRIMAGE

Duration : 13 nights / 14 days

Cities
covered : Mumbai - Pune - Ahmedabad - Delhi - Kolkatta - Chennai - Kochi (Cochin)

Highlights
: With 4,000 years of historical development behind them, the Jewish community in India has displayed a remarkable adaptability to the changing times and maintained an unbroken line of ethnic and religious tradition. In India, there are two Jewish communities; the Malyalam speaking Jews of Cochin and the Marathi speaking Ben Israel. The tour gives you a deeper insight into how they assimilate foreign elements into their own socio - religious systems.
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[Best suitable for minimum 6 travelers]

Day 1 - BOMBAY
Arrive Bombay. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Morning at leisure.

Afternoon, city tour of Bombay, visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (Museum is closed on Mondays) Jain temple, Hanging Garden on the Slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines and Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru park, Mani Bhawan, (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat, also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain, colourful Crawford market and Marine Drive.

Evening, visit Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid Till 1896. The street on which the Synagogue stands was named Samaji Street in Hiss Hono and is at present known as Samuel street. The Synagogue celebrated its centenary in the year 1896 and on that occasion it was renamed “SHAAR-HA-RAHAMIM”.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - BOMBAY / PUNE
Transfer to railway Station to board train for Pune.
Depart Bombay.
Arrive 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 flavour. Visit the Raja Kelkar Museum which houses a private collection of traditional Indian Arts and Crafts.
Overnight at hotel

Day 3 – PUNE / BOMBAY
Morning, visit Ohel David Synagogue, established in 1867 and popularly known as “LAL DEWAL”. It 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 Shelmo Synagogue established in 1921, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1919. Evening transfer to the Railway Station to board train for Bombay.

Depart Pune by Koyna express at 1630 hrs
Arrive Bombay at 2115 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 – BOMBAY / AHMEDABAD
Visit Knesseth Eliahod Synagogue, established in 1884 and was built and endowed by Mr. Jacob Sasson in memory of his father. It is popularly known as Fort Jewish Synagogue. Evening transfer to the airport to board flight for Ahmedabad.

Depart Bombay by ICCD 103 at 1750 hrs
Arrive Ahmedabad at 1850 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - AHMEDABAD
Morning, city tour of Ahmedabad, founded in 1411 by Ahmed Shah and by the year 1600 AD Ahmedabad was considered to be the finest city in India until Delhi arose. Later visit magen Abraham Synagogue established in 1933 by Dr. Solomon Abraham Erulkar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 – AHMEDABAD / DELHI
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi.
Depart Ahmedabad by IC 818 at 0820 hrs.
Arrive Delhi at 0945 hrs.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - DELHI
Morning, city tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, India gate (War Memorial Arch), and Lakshminarayan temple (a modern Hindu Temple). Drive past Presidents House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place - the shopping centre of New Delhi.

Also drive past Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, Raj Ghat and Shanti vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru and Chandni Chowk, the shopping centre of Old Delhi.

Afternoon, visit Judah Hyam Hall established in 1956. Before World War II, 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 centre for Jewish and interfaith studies.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 – DELHI / CALCUTTA
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Calcutta.
Depart Delhi by IC 401 at 0700 hrs
Arrive Calcutta at 0855 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon, visit Neveh Shalome Synagogue established in 1825, the first Synagogue in Calcutta and rebuilt in 1911. Also visit 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.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 – CALCUTTA / MADRAS
Morning, city 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 transfer to the airport to board flight for Madras.

Depart Calcutta by IC 765 at 1720 hrs
Arrive Madras at 1925 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 - MADRAS
Full day city tour of Madras visiting Fort St. George and St. Mary’s Church built by the British East India Company in 1653. A Church within the Fort was consecrated in 1680. Visit also the High Court, the San Thome Cathedral and the Marina Beach-one of the loveliest beaches in the world.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 – MADRAS / COCHIN
Morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Cochin.
Depart Madras by ICCD 537 at 1305 hrs :
Arrive Cochin at 1510 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon, visit Jew Town and the Pardesi Synagogue. This Synagogue was built by Samuel castiel, David Belila, Ephrahim Sala and Joseph Levi. 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.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 - COCHIN
Morning, city tour of Cochin visiting the Cochin Harbour Terminus, Mattancheery Fishing Nets. Also at Ernakulam, the public Gardens, Colleges, High Court
Building and Broadway Shopping Centre.
Afternoon free.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 – COCHIN / BOMBAY
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay.
Depart Cochin by ICCD 162 at 0745 hrs
Arrive Bombay at 0930 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 – DEPART BOMBAY
In time transfer to the International airport to board flight for onward destination.

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