Day 1, Monday: Arrival and Mumbai
- Welcome! Check-in and enjoy the hotel facilities.
- Discover the story of Mumbai's dabbawallas and their amazing food delivery network.
- Tour the famous sites: The Hanging Gardens, a Jain temple, Mani Bhavan (the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), Gateway of India (a monument built during the British Raj), and Spice Market (Mirchi Galli) located in Crawford Market.
Day 2, Tuesday: Mumbai
- In the Kalwa Slum, meet children learning at Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) and learn about the local medical clinic and safe drinking water project. Take a rickshaw ride to GPM women’s cooperatives: soap recycling, paper recycling, and kitchen for GPM meals.
- At the Prince of Wales Museum, see captivating Tibetan and Nepali art and Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BCE.
- Tour the Gandhi Museum.
- Participate in a Jewish Heritage Tour of Knesseth Eliyahoo Synagogue (also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue).
- Step inside the Magen David Synagogue and the Tiphereth Israel Synagogue.
- Visit Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s fascinating, open-air laundry place.
- Be amazed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.
- Take in the sights at Colaba market.
Day 3, Wednesday: Jodhpur
- After breakfast, we will board the flight (1 hr 40 min) to Jodhpur.
- Visit a Bishnoi village to learn how this Vaishnavite sect, living in western Rajasthan on the fringe of the Thar desert, have for centuries been conserving the flora and fauna to the extent of sacrificing their lives to protect the environment.
- The Royal Fortress provides a breathtaking lookout point of the city. Below the fort is the market of Jodhpur, Sadar, which is one of the most colorful variegated markets of Rajasthan.
Day 4, Thursday: Jodhpur
- Take a guided tour of the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Fort, which contains several palaces, galleries, and a museum.
- View the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph made of white marble, built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
Day 5, Friday: Pushkar
- Relax during the 4 hour flight to Pushkar
- Tour the main bazaar of Pushkar, a popular site for Israeli tourists (the average Israeli tourist stays in Pushkar for an average of two weeks!) and a great place to buy souvenirs, clothes, and crafts.
- Time to prepare for Shabbat.
- Join the Chabad House of Pushkar for Shabbat meals and prayers, a unique experience of usually tens or hundreds of Jews from all over the world, gathered together to celebrate Shabbat.
Note: Alcoholic beverages, meat, chicken, and fish products are not allowed in Pushkar.
Day 6, Shabbat: Pushkar
- Attend Shabbat prayers and enjoy Shabbat meals at the Chabad House.
- After the Shabbat meal, take a walking tour of Pushkar.
- Motzei Shabbat- view a Rajasthani dance performance of a Kalbelia dance.
Day 7, Sunday: Pushkar and Jaipur
- Take a step back in time with a historical journey on camelback, beginning in the desert villages surrounding Pushkar and experiencing ancient life as it was centuries ago.
- Relax during the 3-hour drive to Jaipur.
- Tour Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and known as the “Pink City” because the old walled city was constructed in pink-colored sandstone.
- In the evening, enjoy a Bollywood movie shown at the Raj Mandir, an impressive movie theater.
Day 8, Monday: Jaipur
- Ride an elephant up to the architectural masterpiece of Amber Fort.
- Tour of Jaipur.
- Visit Rajput City Palace and the museum.
- Be awed at Jantar Mantar, the world’s biggest stone observatory.
- Take in the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), a five-storied architectural wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade, overhanging windows with lattice screens, domes, and spires.
Day 9, Tuesday: Agra
- Relax during the 4.5-hour drive to Agra.
- Visit a stepwell on the drive to Agra.
- Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most admired architectural masterpieces.
Day 10, Wednesday: Agra and Delhi
- Tour the Agra Fort, a walled royal city located 2.5 miles from the Taj Mahal.
- Relax during the drive to Delhi (4 hours).
- Take a rickshaw ride on a busy central street of Old Delhi, the Chawri Bazar Road, and the Chandni Chowk, aka Moonlight Square.
- See Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.
- Visit to the Chabad house of Delhi, located in the Main Bazaar area.
Day 11, Thursday: Delhi departure
- Breakfast at the hotel and flights home.