Jewish Heritage and the Golden Triangle
A fascinating journey into the land of the palaces and its rich Jewish history
Boat cruise in Pichola Lake – Udaipur
Jeep Safari tour – Bishnoi villages
Camel ride in Pushkar
Elephant ride in Jaipur
Rajasthani Dance performance
Bollywood movie show in RaajMandir
Rickshaw ride – Delhi
Entrance fees to all monuments
Synagogues and Jewish communities
Kathakali dance in Cochin
Boat Jetty and village tour of Kumarakom
Sunday 10/02/2019: departure Day 01: (Monday 11/02/2019)
Tel Aviv – Mumbai (LY 071 arrival: 07:30 hrs) / Mumbai – Udaipur (By Flight)
Traditional welcome by our executive on your arrival at Mumbai’s International airport followed by a guided city tour during which we visit the colossal Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai's outdoor hand laundry, and the Gateway of India which is a monument built during the British Raj. Later we shall begin our Jewish Heritage Tour.We shall 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. 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, 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 Sefardic synagogues) and hekhal (ark which holds the sifrei Torah 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. We then leave for a visit to Knesseth Eliahoo Synagogue (also known as Fort Jewish Synagogue), established in 1884 by Mr. Jacob Sassoon in memory of his father. Following this we transfer to the domestic airport in time to connect the flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival at Udaipur airport, we will be welcomed by one of our staff members and then be transferred to our hotel. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 02: (Tuesday) Udaipur
After breakfast we leave for full day guided city tour visiting the City Palace built in 1725; the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble. Drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1754 A.D, seeing on our way the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur; Sahelion-Ki-Bari, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soft stone.
Late afternoon enjoy a Sunset Boat ride on Lake Pichola with its main attractions being the two palaces on the islands in the lake, Jagniwas and Jagmandir. Lake Pichola is about 4 km in length and 3 km. wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and is now a five-star hotel. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 03: (Wednesday)Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur
We shall drive to Jodhpur en route visiting the famous Jain Houses at Ranakpur. After sightseeing we continue driving to Jodhpur seeing along the way picturesque landscapes and villages where we can observe small town life. On arrival in Jodhpur, check-in at 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, sarees and traditional clothing, Jewelery, incense and more.
Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 04: (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. In the afternoon we shall also 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 a unique and authentic lifestyle and its people love nature with zeal and dedicate their lives to preserve it. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 05: (Friday)Jodhpur – Pushkar
In the morning after breakfast, we shall drive to Pushkar. Along the way we will see villages, livestock, schools, and once again beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival check-in at hotel.
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!
On Shabbat we'll be guests at the Chabad House Pushkar, where we will eat the Shabbat meals and experience the unique atmosphere of the Sabbath. About 200 Israelis may gather at the Chabad House and together sing "Yedid Nefesh" and "Lecha Dodi" and then they all sit down to Shabbat dinner, rich with melodies and singing. Overnight stay in Pushkar.
Alcoholic beverages, meat, chicken and fish products are not allowed in Pushkar.
Day 06: (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 in Pushkar.
Day 07: (Sunday)Pushkar– Jaipur
In the morning we will enjoy an amazing Camel Ride- a 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
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 founding, 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. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 08: (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 the back of a decorated elephant.
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. 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. In the evening we will enjoy a Bollywood movie show at Raj Mandir, an impressive movie theater. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day09: (Tuesday) Jaipur - Agra
We shall drive to Agra en route visiting the AbhaNeri Step Well. After sightseeing we will continue our drive to Agra. On reaching Agra we shall 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, to symbolize his unending love of his wife who died giving birth to their 14th child. 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 marble building blocks that were brought in from neighboring countries.
Later check-in at hotel. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 10: (Wednesday) Agra - Delhi
This 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 drive to Delhi.
Dinner at Chabad House. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 11: (Thursday) Delhi – Cochin (By Flight)
This morning after breakfast we shall have a city tour of Delhi. We shall set out to explore and experience the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 20th centuries, the Old Delhi. It will possibly include, depending on traffic and accessibility a rickshaw ride in Chawri Bazar Road and the Chandni Chowk followed by visit Jama Masjid. Also visit to Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation and a memorial to this humble man who so changed the world. Also we shall see Vijay Chowk, “Victory Square”, stopover at the Presidential Palace with its intriguing combination of classical and Indian design elements and the India Gate memorializing Indian soldiers who died in World War I.
Later departure transfer to Delhi airport on time to connect the flight for Cochin. On arrival at Cochin airport meet & assist by our representative followed by transfer to the Hotel. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 12: (Friday) Cochin
In the morning visit The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. After that we drive to visit Chendamangalam situated in the Paravur taluk of the Ernakulam District. It was for centuries the home to a Jewish community and a synagogue, yet by the close of the twentieth century not a single Jew resided in Chendamangalam. The Chendamangalam Synagogue sits near the center of the quiet village. The narrow lane, paved only in recent years, leading to the synagogue seems to dead end into the white-washed building, but then it splits and continues along both sides of the walled compound. The immediate area of the synagogue is a neighborhood of modest homes, some once Jewish owned, and a collection of small shops that sold a variety of goods. The synagogue at Chendamangalam, constructed around the 17th century is of a traditional style, with a separate entrance for women. The land for it was provided by the family of Paliam, the traditional ministers of Kochi, who owned the village of Chendamangalam at that time. The Department of Archaeology has recently conserved the synagogue, which was in a dilapidated, state using traditional materials. A tomb inscription believed to belong to one of the early members of the synagogue is found in front of it. Many other tomb inscriptions have also been collected from the same site. On the east side of the synagogue, there is a cemetery about 400 meters long belonging to this synagogue. There is a display inside the synagogue, which is titled - The Jewish Synagogues in Kerala.
Evening Shabbat prayer and dinner. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 13: (Saturday) Cochin
In the morning, we will have Shabbat prayers and a meal, on Shabbat afternoon we will have a walking tour of Fort Cochin and see the Chinese Fishing Nets, Jew town, and the Fish market. We shall return to for seuda shlishit, tfilot, and havdalah… Later we shall see the Kathakali dance Show. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 14: (Sunday) Cochin – Mumbai (By Flight)
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we will have a village tour of Kumarakom by an Auto-rickshaw fondly called the “TUK TUK” ride through the streets of Kumarakom. At the Boat Jetty we shall board a local styled boat (shikara), that is rowed by trained men and proceed over a lake flanked by greens, to the Manjira Village. We will have the opportunity to enter a village house –Learn how the times changed, as a villager shows the modern way of climbing a coconut tree. At the end of your training session treat yourself to fresh tender Coconut. Coir–Making - Here, you can see and learn the art of coir-making as the lady weaves baskets and mats. It is an interesting form of livelihood confined to the villages in Kerala. Try your hand at coir-making as she explains the basic steps involved.
Net Fishing–A skilled fisherman of Manjira, will show you some tried and true fishing tips. Watch in awe as he casts a net and catches a few with ease. Toddy Tapping – Your next stopover will see you in high spirits. Toddy, a mildly alcoholic beverage made from the sap of a coconut tree, fresh from the pot is considered a specialty in these parts. Watch toddy sap being tapped from a coconut tree closely. Next, we take you through the art of weaving coconut leaves. Then you may try your hand at it. You can also tour the vegetable plantation nearby and learn about unique plants. Also, you can watch the fascinating process of weaving screw pine. Check out the various tips involved and you may have the opportunity to try your hand at spinning a basket. After the tour transfer to Cochin airport in time to connect to the flight to Mumbai.
On arrival at Mumbai airport meet & assist by our representative at the airport followed by transfer to Chabad house for dinner.
After dinner check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 15: (Monday- 25/02/2019)
In the morning after breakfast transfer to Mumbai airport in time to connect to the flight back home.
By flight: LY – 072 @ Dep. 13.00 hrs
|Tour||India The Golden Triangle|
|Tour Date||Sunday 10 - Monday 25 February 2019|
$4,640 per person including TLV return flights
$3,790 Land package only
$775 Single supplements
THE ABOVE PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:
- 14 Nights' Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis as per the details given above
- All of the hotels on this tour are 5 star hotels with the exception of a Shabbat in Pushkar in a unique, authentic Heritage Hotel within walking distance of Chabad
- International flights from Tel Aviv (with El Al)
- Domestic flights as per itinerary
- Arrival / Departure Airport Assistance
- All Sightseeing &Transportation as per the program
- Air conditioned comfortable coach
- Synagogues and Jewish communities
- Kathakali dance in cochin
- Boat Jetty and village tour of Kumarakom
- Boat cruise in Pichola Lake – Udaipur
- Jeep Safari tour – Bishnoi villages
- Camel ride in Pushkar
- Elephant ride in Jaipur
- Rajasthani Dance performance
- Bollywood movie show in Raaj Mandir
- Rickshaw ride – Delhi
- Entrance fees to all monuments
Other Services provided
- Professional experienced English-speaking Tour leader
- Glatt kosher breakfast and dinner daily, food for lunch provided
More information about our kosher catering http://www.indiakoshertravel.com/Kosher_Catering
- English speaking local guide in each city
- Tips to local guides, porters, drivers