Touring Date


16 Dec 2019  - 26 Dec 2019

General

Jewish Heritage and the Golden Triangle
A fascinating journey into the land of the palaces and its rich Jewish history

This fascinating tour includes popular destinations such as Mumbai and Delhi, as well as exotic places such as Rajasthan and Kerala, where you will meet the locals and absorb their culture. Experience a camel safari and a ride on an elephant’s back. From small villages to palaces, from the backwaters of Kerala to hidden Jewish heritage sites, you’ll see it all…and make memories that will last forever.

  • Tour Highlights:
  • Jeep Safari tour in Bishnoi villages
  • Camel ride in Pushkar
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Dance performance
  • Bollywood movie show in Raj Mandir
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Entrance fees to all monuments
  • Synagogues and Jewish communitie in Mumbai

 

 

 

Available departures

This tour is repeated every weekday (working day).

Full Itinerary

TOUR ITINERARY IN ASSOCIATION WITH INDIA KOSHER                 

Jewish Heritage and the Golden Triangle A fascinating journey into the land of the palaces and its rich Jewish history

Tour leader Mr. Hugh Raichlin

Highlights:

  • Jeep Safari tour in Bishnoi villages
  • Camel ride in Pushkar
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Dance performance
  • Bollywood movie show in Raj Mandir
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Entrance fees to all monuments
  • Synagogues and Jewish communities

16 Dec’19 (Monday)       Arrive Mumbai              (By flight:

On arrival at Mumbai airport meeting with assistance and transfer to hotel.

Later proceed for Dabbawala tour The word Dabbawala can be interpreted as Box carrier or lunchpail –man.

Who carries and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. At the present time, Indian businessmen are the main customers for the Dabbawalas, and the service often include both cooking and delivery.

Around 12:00 Hrs drive to the Church gate Railway Station, where they will see the Dabbawalas boarding the Dabbas in the wooden cart in the Train.

Visiting the famous Hanging Garden, Jain temple, Mani Bhawan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi that includes a reference library with over 2,000 books, a photo exhibition of Gandhi's life and an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhi used. Also visit the Gateway of India is a monument built during the British Raj.

Visit the SPICE MARKET (Mirchi Galli or Marcha Galli) located at Crawford Market in one of the crowded areas of     South Mumbai. As the name suggests it is the place where you will find all kinds of spices (whole and ground) and dry fruits etc. From variety of Kashmiri chillies to turmeric, cumin seeds, cinnamon, mustard seeds and much more, Mirchi Galli is the place that is lost in time.

Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra and the largest city of India. Mumbai initially was the accumulation  of seven islands on the Konkan coastline, which with the passage of time joined to form island city of Bombay. It further joined Salsette islands in the neighbourhood to form Greater Bombay. Bombay got its name from Bom Bahia, meaning "Beautiful Bay", given by a Portuguese. This was later popularised as Bombay state by the British. Current name of Bombay is Mumbai. More so, many say that Mumbai happens to be its original name, which is derived from "Mumba", a local Hindu Goddess "Mumbadevi", and "Aai", means "mother" in Marathi. However, its name was on the records changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995.

Overnight at hotel

17 Dec’19 (Tuesday)       Mumbai

08:15 Hrs after prayers and early breakfast leave for Kalwa Slum.

09:15am Arrive at Kalwa slum - meet children learning at GPM, medical clinic and safe drinking water project...short  rickshaw drive to GPM women's cooperatives: soap recycling, paper recycling and kitchen for GPM meals. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum to enjoy its excellent collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, in addition to priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art. Also visit Ghandi museum 

Later start Jewish Heritage Tour including a visit to Knesseth Eliahoo Synagogue (also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue), established in 1884 by Mr. Jacob Sassoon in memory of his father.  We then leave to visit the Magen David Synagogue - the huge beautiful building is a famous Jewish heritage point and tourist site. It is located on the premises of the Jewish school and prayer services are held there every morning, Shabbat, and every festival. The synagogue is open from 9am to 9 in evening.

Also Magen David Synagogue was built in 1861 in Byculla, Mumbai by David Sassoon. It is a tall one-story building in   the style of Victorian architecture. Its Gothic character with frontal pillars and clock tower is noteworthy. Magen David Synagogue has a beautiful tebah (reader's platform that marks the center of Sephardic synagogues) and hekhal (ark which holds Torahs in cases of hammered silver). Regular worship services are conducted here also. David Sassoon built an elementary school near the synagogue which is now the Sir Jacob Sassoon Free High School. The synagogue runs under the Sir Jacob Sassoon Charity Trust.

Also visit colossal Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai's outdoor hand laundry and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria    Terminus, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.

We shall also visit Tiphereth Israel Synagogue -one of the oldest synagogues in Mumbai. It was started in 1886 in a rented  building by the Bene Israel community of Mumbai and is now located at Rosh-Del-Villa in Jacob Circle. Tiphereth Israel Synagogue was formally known as Jacob Circle Prayer Hall. It is also called Kandlekaranchi Mashid. Sabbath worship services are conducted in the community hall, a place where religious studies take place and various other activities are held.

Evening enjoy free time in Colaba market. Overnight at hotel

 18 Dec’19 (Wednesday) Mumbai-Jodhpur           (By Flight: AI 645 at 0940 / 1120 hrs )

After breakfast drive to Mumbai airport to board the flight for Jodhpur. On arrival in Jodhpur meeting with assistance and transfer to hotel.

 Enjoy a visit to a Bishnoi Village an ancient and special tribal village of Jodhpur. There we will learn about the Bishnoi people. Bishnoi village minorities work as weavers and potters. This tribal village still preserves an unique and authentic lifestyle and its people love nature with zeal and dedicate their lives to preserve it. After the visit, we shall check-in to the hotel.

Jodhpur, A beautiful city, is also known as "BLUE CITY" because many of its houses are painted blue. Downtown, on a steep rocky hill 125 meters high, is the towering fortress Mehrangarh - "The Royal Fortress," which provides a wonderful 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. In market stalls can be found leather goods, spices, colored fabrics, saree and traditional clothing, Jewelery, incense and more.

Overnight stay at hotel

 19 Dec’19 (Thursday) Jodhpur                            

In the morning we shall have a guided tour of the massive Mehrangarh Fort - the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, and so on. We shall see Jaswant Thada which lies nearby the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here. Overnight stay at hotel Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

 20 Dec’19 (Friday) Jodhpur – Pushkar                (By surface: 185 Kms / 4 hrs)

In the morning after breakfast, we shall drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. We shall enjoy a short tour of main bazaar of Pushkar, a great place to buy souvenirs, clothes and handicrafts

Pushkar - is indeed a very small town in terms of India, but it is a "must see" site for many young Israelis. At the height of tourist season in Pushkar there are likely to be 500 of more Israelis. On the market's main street you will find signs in Hebrew, inviting Israelis to eat falafel and to surf the Internet. The average

Israeli stays in Pushkar for two weeks!

Towards evening we shall return to hotel and have time to prepare for Shabbat. On Shabbat we’ll be guests at the Chabad House Pushkar where we will eat our Shabbat meals and experience the unique atmosphere of Shabbat. About 200 Israelis gather at the Chabad House on Friday evenings and together intone “Yedid Nefesh” and “Lecha Dodi” and then all sit down for a Shabbat dinner rich with melodies and singing.

Shabbat prayers and Shabbat meals at the Chabad House

Overnight stay at hotel. Alcoholic beverages, meat, chicken and fish products are not allowed in Pushkar.

  21 Dec’19 (Saturday) Pushkar                               

Shabbat prayers and Shabbat meals at the Chabad House. After the Shabbat meal we shall enjoy a walking tour of Pushkar. In the evening we shall enjoy a Rajasthani dance performance (Kalbelia Dance)

Overnight stay at hotel Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

22 Dec’19 (Sunday) Pushkar-Jaipur                      (By surface: 145 kms / 3 hrs)

In the morning we will enjoy an amazing Camel ride. This trip is a historical journey back in time. The  beginning of the journey will be in the deserts surrounding Pushkar, We will go through the desert reaching remote villages and experiencing ancient life as it was centuries ago. In the villages we'll see local families, and will be exposed to their special way of life. In the afternoon we will drive to Jaipur - the capital of the state of Rajasthan popularly also known as the 'PINK CITY' as the buildings in its old, walled city are all constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation, and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks by principles of town planning set out in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur central attractions.

In the evening we will enjoy a Bollywood movie show at Raj Mandir, an impressive movie theater. Overnight stay at hotel

 23 Dec’19 (Monday) Jaipur

In the morning after breakfast we leave for an excursion to the splendid Amber Fort, an architectural  

masterpiece of great historical significance. Begun in the 16th century and built of red sandstone and Marble, the seemingly rough exterior gives no hint of the warm and opulent ambiance of the interior, as we'll discover this morning. Here we also get an opportunity to ascend to the fort on decorated elephant back. We will drive past the milk market in Jaipur. Also we shall see the old city of Jaipur with its very colorful market and people.

In the afternoon we shall visit the splendid City Palace & Museum which opens a door into the opulent world of the Rajput princes and the treasures with which they surrounded themselves. The City Palace complex is home to several palatial buildings constructed by influential rulers that reflect the blending of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jantar Mantar, the world's biggest stone observatory, between 1727 and 1733 CE. It is impossible not to be amazed by the "tools" he used to study the heavens - and that still provide accurate information today. Later we will see the Palace of Winds  also  known  as Hawa  Mahal,  a  five storied wonder  with  a spectacular pyramidal  facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight stay at hotel

 24 Dec’19 (Tuesday) Jaipur-Agra  (By surface: 232 Kms / 4 ½ hour)                                                           

We shall drive to Agra en route visiting one of the most interesting sights of the tour, a “step well” which not    only served the purpose of being an accessible source of water, but also is an example of the amazing mathematical prowess of the Indian people. After sightseeing we will continue our drive to Agra.  On reaching Agra we will enjoy the experience of a lifetime!  We will visit the Taj Mahal, one of the world's most admired architectural masterpieces. We will see this majestic marble-domed mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Parsee who died giving birth to their 14th child, to symbolize his unending love for her. The construction of the Taj began in 1630. Twenty thousand laborers worked for 23 years until the job was completed, thousands of elephants carried the red sandstone, and the building blocks were brought in from neighboring countries. Overnight stay at hotel. Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

 25 Dec’19 (Wednesday) Agra-Delhi                      (By surface: 200 kms / 4 Hour)

In the morning we shall visit the massive Agra Fort, with splendid remains of sandstone and marble palaces. Agra Fort is located 2.5 miles from the Taj Mahal, and is actually a walled royal city. The most important kings of India lived in the fort, and every king immortalized his reign with a building which was characterized by the spirit of the period. Visiting the fort is a fascinating architectural historic journey. Later we shall drive to Delhi. In the afternoon we shall enjoy a rickshaw ride on a busy central street of Old Delhi, the Chawri Bazar Road and the Chandni Chowk. We shall make a poignant visit to Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation and a memorial to this  humble man who so changed the world. We will have the opportunity to visit the Chabad house located in the Main Bazaar area, a bustling place!

Overnight stay at hotel Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

 26 Dec’19 (Thursday) Delhi depart                        (By flight:

Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.

 

hrHugh was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa.

Hugh obtained a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and Law, at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by a Bachelor of Laws. Hugh served for two years in the South African Air Force as a Law Officer and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Merit by the Officer Commanding Air Force Headquarters for outstanding services rendered as a National Serviceman. He attained the rank of Full Lieutenant.

Hugh has been a practising Attorney since 1986. He has a general practice with particular expertise in commercial litigation and family law. Hugh is a former Gauteng Chairman of the IUA-UCF, former Chairman of Keter Torah Congregation Sydenham Johannesburg, and a current Trustee of the Rambam Charitable Trust which has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Hugh has conducted services on the High Holy Days at the Pine Street Synagogue, Sunny Road Synagogue and Northcliff Synagogue for almost 30 years, and presently teaches Jewish Law, philosophy and ethics on a weekly basis.

Hugh has become well known for his published articles, series on South African television (YouTube), radio, and very popular audio-visual presentations on Jewish communities across the globe. For the past 22 years, Hugh has lectured across South Africa and internationally, on the Jews of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Rhodes, India, Italy, Argentina, China, Japan and Morocco.

Hugh is a Scholar in Residence for Jewish Heritage Tours and has led tours to India, Morocco, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. 

Hugh is married to Michelle and they have 5 children.

 

Pricing

Tour India The Golden Triangle
Price

$2,890  Land package only

$575 Single supplements

 THE ABOVE PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:

 Accommodations

  • 10 Nights' Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis as per the details given above

 Transportation

  • 1 Domestic flights as per itinerary (Mumbai – Jodhpur)
  • Arrival / Departure Airport Assistance
  • All Sightseeing &Transportation as per the program
  • Air conditioned comfortable coach

Activities:

  • Jeep Safari tour in Bishnoi villages
  • Camel ride in Pushkar
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Dance performance
  • Bollywood movie show in Raj Mandir
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Taj Mahal
  • Entrance fees to all monuments
  • Synagogues and Jewish communities in Mumbai

 Other Services provided

  • Professional experienced English-speaking Tour leaders
  • Glatt kosher breakfast and dinner daily, food for lunch provided
  • English speaking local guide
  • All applicable taxes
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Mineral water 2 bottles per day per person

 THE ABOVE PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Visa fee. Please see below
  • Expenses of purely personal nature like liquor, laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera fee, insurance-medical or personal or baggage,
  • Any expense on accommodation/ transportation beyond the above listed
  • Any other item which is not mentioned below.

CANCELLATION FEES & POLICY:

  • We require a $250 deposit per person to secure your place on this tour.
  • Until 60 days before departure: full refund less a $ 250 per passenger
  • 30-60 days prior to departure full refund less a $500 per passenger
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund

At that stage there is no refunds and we strongly advise to take FULL travel protection insurance

* Because of our tremendous logistical challenges, we are unable to provide special meals for people with allergies or food sensitivities. At most meals, it is unlikely to be a problem as we provide a variety of food at each meal, but if you have allergies or food sensitivities, we strongly suggest that you carry with you food to supplement what we serve.

* There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.

The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company

* Although we travel in safe places, eat kosher fresh food, and drink bottled water, we are informing you of official recommendations.

VISA TO INDIA

As of late 2014, India has introduced a 60 day Electronic Tourist Visa on Arrival which does not require a visit to an Indian mission in your home country. The Indian government is constantly adding to the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for the Electronic Tourist Visa, (e-Tourist Visa). This can be done 90 - 7 days before landing.

You can find more details here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

If you would like someone to cut the red tape and assist you in obtaining a visa, there is someone in Israel who will smooth out the process for a fee. For information, contact ddvisa@netvision.net.il.