Jewish India Pilgrimage Tour - 8 Nights / 9 Days

Mumbai – Pune – Kochi – Kolkata

Jewish India Pilgrimage tour is a novel way to revisit the prominent cities dotted with the religion’s best-kept heritage. The oldest foreign community to enter India, Jews has left their indelible impression in this country. Presently, there are many four prominent cities, namely Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and Kolkata that have prominent Jewish ties. Jewish India Pilgrimage Tour provides a great spiritual connect with a visit to the country’s most revered synagogues.

Day 01. Arrive Mumbai (earlier known as Bombay)

Jewish India Pilgrimage TourUpon arrival at Mumbai Airport, meet Incredible India tour representative for assisted transfer to the hotel check-in. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, visit the nineteenth century Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue or Fort Jewish Synagogue in Mumbai. Established in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon in memory of his father Eliyahoo Sassoon, this South Mumbai synagogue is remarkably known for its charming interiors, pillars, chandeliers, and stained glass windows. Return to the hotel for overnight in Mumbai.

Day 02. Mumbai

In the morning, move out for the Mumbai city tour. This includes a complete tour through the prominent city attractions like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Victoria Terminus, Flora Fountain, Crawford Market, Nehru Planetarium, Kamala Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens, National Gallery of Modern Art and Chowpatty Beach. In the evening, visit Gate of Mercy Synagogue or Juni Masjid, the oldest synagogue of Mumbai actively serving the local Jews. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03. Mumbai - Pune (Train)

In the morning, transfer to the railway station and board connecting train. Upon arrival in Pune, transfer to the hotel. Later begin a city tour of Pune, the former capital of Maratha dynasty. This is also an active center for Jews. Overnight in Pune.

Day 04. Pune

Morning visit the monument of Pune, the Ohel David Synagogue, established in 1867 by David Sasoon. Also visit Succath Shelmo Synagogue. Continue exploring the rich culture of Pune with a visit to Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. In the evening, visit Shanivarwada Fort, a palatial seat of the Peshwa Marathas and see the light and sound show there. Overnight in Pune.

Day 5. Pune – Kochi

In the morning, check out Pune and board the flight for Kochi, the most important pilgrimage center for Jews. Reach Kochi in noon and upon arrival, meet Incredible India tour representative for assisted transfers and check-ins. In the evening, visit the city’s cultural center to see the ancient Kathakali dance performance. Overnight in Kochi.

Day 6. Kochi

After breakfast, visit the ancient Jew Town. This was once a thriving home to the Jewish community, but now only a few of the Jewish families stay here. The Jew town also features the antique furniture and other non-portables left by migrating Jewish families. Next in the day is the visit to the oldest synagogue, not just in India but in the entire Commonwealth of Nations, the Jewish Paradesi Synagogue.

This Synagogue stands on the grounds of the Maharaja of Cochin's residence. After the visit to synagogue is over, visit Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace and Beach where cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets can be spotted easily. After lunch, check out Kochi to board a flight towards Kolkata, the last destination of Jewish India tour. Reach Kolkata at 20:30 hrs and later transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Jewish India Pilgrimage TourDay 7. Kolkata

Begin the morning in the city of joys, Kolkata with a visit to Neveh Shalom Synagogue, the first synagogue in the history of the city, established in 1825. Also visit Magen David Synagogue, the largest synagogue of Kolkata. It was built Mr. Elias David Joseph Esra in memory of his father, Mr. David Joseph Ezra who died in 1882. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 8. Kolkata

In the morning; leave for the tour of Kolkata. Visit the Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Race Course, Chowringhee Museum, Mother Teresa's Convent of Missionaries of Charity and New Market. Evening is free for boating at Howrah Bridge. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 9. Kolkata – Depart

As per schedule, check out hotel in Kolkata and in time transfer for onward journey to the Airport as the Jewish India Pilgrimage tour comes to a hearty conclusion.

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