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15 Day | Jewish Tour of India

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12 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out until 06:00 PM on the day of departure

12 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Land-only cost includes one-way domestic flights from Udaipur to Cochin and from Cochin to Mumbai

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 11 lunches and 11 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Wednesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!


Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday
ARRIVAL IN DELHI

  • Late night arrival at the Delhi International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel and time to acclimate.
  • Dinner on own.


Overnight: Delhi


Day Three: Friday
A DAY IN DELHI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Where am I and What is Going On Orientation with your tour educator.
  • Pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, revered as the Father of Nation, at the Raj Ghat where he was cremated. Engage with the impressive and inspiring history of this special Indian leader. This powerful memorial is located between the main Ring Road and the banks of Yamuna River.
  • LaDa'at Focus Mahatma Gandhi and the Jews: Engage with the impressive and inspiring history of this special Indian leader and understand his special relationship with the Jewish People.
  • Visit Jama Masjid, India's largest Mosque. Built in the middle of the 17th century, the multiple storied, red sandstone and marble architecture has room for thousands, and was constructed by more than 5,000 artisans. Located in the center of the Old City, the walls are beautifully adorned with passages from the Koran.
  • Embrace your inner adrenalin and embark on a rickshaw ride through the alleys of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets of Old Delhi.  Designed and established in the 17th century by Princess Jahanara, the Mughal imperial processions used to pass through here until the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • From Old Delhi proceed to Central Delhi.  Along the way, pass by Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the magnificent residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world.  In addition to other government buildings, you will also pass India's central war memorial for those Indian soldiers who fought and died during WWI. The 50-meter high arch is architecturally reminiscent of an ‘arc de triumph' that can found in European capitals, and contains an eternal flame.
  • Visit the Dilli Haat bazaar, where craftsmen from all corners of India sell their wares. The market offers the ambience of a traditional rural Haat (village market), while adapted for more contemporary needs. The bazaar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Heritage and Legacy of the Jews of India with your tour educator.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and introduction to Delhi's Jewish community at the Judah Hyam Synagogue, Delhi's lone synagogue, established in 1956.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Delhi


Day Four: Saturday
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO AGRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Board your bus and depart south for Agra, a city that has been fortified since prehistoric times.  
  • LaDa'at Focus Attitudes towards Minorities in India: Join your tour educator for an in depth conversation at the historic and not so historic relationship between India and its minorities.
  • Upon arrival in Agra check into the hotel, followed by lunch.
  • What a Way to See the Sites: Feel like a royal as you take a tonga ride in the city. Let the mesmerizing clicks and clops of the horses' hooves set the pace as you travel through the town on a canopy covered, two wheeled, beautifully decorated horse-drawn carriage.
  • Afternoon visit to the Agra Fort built by Mughal emperors in the 16th century although situated on the location of an earlier fortress from the 11th century. 
  • Visit the Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah whose rich history, ground-breaking architectural style and inspirational rags to riches story, all provide the foundation for an incredible edifice.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Agra

Day Five: Sunday
GOLDEN RAYS AND GOLDEN TRIANGLES

  • Capture the Rays of the Early Sun: Depart the hotel in the early morning for a view of the Taj Mahal in the morning light, followed by a walk through the garden and the reflecting pools. The awe inspiring, UNESCO recognized, 17th century mausoleum, built with the help of 20,000 artisans over 22 years, stands as the pinnacle of Mughal art.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart for Jaipur. Along with New Delhi and Agra, Jaipur completes the Golden Triangle and is also known as the ‘Pink City of India'.
  • Stop en route in the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.  This late 16th century, short lived Mughal capital, was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece, built during the reign of Emeror Akbar, who built a beautiful Mosque, which is still in use, and three palaces for each of his favorite wives, one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Arrive in Jaipur and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Jaipur


Day Six: Monday
FORTS, PALACES, TEMPLES AND MORE IN JAIPUR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Hinduism & Judaism - A Match or a Mismatch? Dialogue with your tour educator.
  • The tour of Jaipur begins with a visit to the Amer Fort, reaching it either by riding on the back of an elephant (subject to availability) or by jeep. The Amer fort is set high above the Maota Lake, constructed with red sandstone and marble, it is a classic example of artistic Hindu style elements with large ramparts and a series of gates and cobbled paths.
  • Drive back to the city, stopping briefly for a view of Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace Of The Winds'. This beautiful five-story palace, constructed in 1799 was built with red and pink sandstone, and was believed to have been built in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Time and Time Again: Visit Jantar Mantar observatory, a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking location of major stars as the earth orbits around the sun, and ascertaining the declinations of planets, built in the early decades of the 18th century. It features the world's largest stone sun-dial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Continue to the City Palace complex.
  • Visit the Birla Temple, a beautiful Hindu Temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes will be allowed to enter the temple.
  • Return to the hotel OR free time for shopping in the commercial area.
  • A View from Within: Depart for dinner at the house of a prominent local family for wonderful food, a warm family and a break from your travels as a tourist. 


Overnight: Jaipur

Day Seven: Tuesday
‘THE MOST ROMANTIC SPOT IN INDIA' - ON TO UDAIPUR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart for Chittorgarh.
  • LaDa'at Focus India & Israel - From Alienation to Allies with your tour educator.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Visit the Chittorgarh Fort. Mythology, history and heroism mesh together as the foundation of one of the largest and grandest forts in India.
  • Continue to Udaipur, identified as ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India'. The magical beauty of the river and distant mountains rivals its human-made counterparts of palaces, temples and colorful alleyways, each attempting to be crowned most beautiful in the land. 
  • Upon arrival in Udaipur check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Udaipur


Day Eight: Wednesday
EXPLORING UDAIPUR

  • Waking up, One Limb and One Breath at a Time: Early morning yoga session.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • City tour of Udaipur, including:
    • The City Palace complex which is rooted in both legend and history, having undergone construction for over 400 years. 
    • The Crystal Gallery which is the largest private crystal collection in the world, with over 600 crystals, hidden from sight for 100 years, only open to the public in the mid 1990's. 
    • The Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, one of the most famous museums of Udaipur, exhibiting the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan such as typical rural dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
  • Lunch.
  • Free time in the markets and city center.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Embark on a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola and view the City Palace and imposing Ghats along the lake front.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.


Overnight: Udaipur

Day Nine: Thursday
HOPPING, SKIPPING AND JUMPING TO COCHIN

  • Early check out from the hotel.
  • Depart for the Udaipur Airport and check in for the flight to Cochin (via Mumbai).
  • Meet and assistance upon arrival at the Cochin Airport and stop for lunch.
  • LaDa'at Focus Who are the Jews of Cochin? Dialogue with your tour educator.
  • Transfer to the city and take a walk along the marine drive, including a visit to a local market and concluding at the Kadavumbhagam Synagogue inside the Ernakulam market (special opening). The Jews of Cochin were once the oldest and most established Jewish community in all of India.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to relax.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Cochin


Day Ten: Friday
PREPARING OUR FOOD AND FOR SHABBAT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Working the Land and the Sea: Visit the Chinese fishing nets and see how ancient fishing techniques are still in use today.
  • Cooking in Cochin: Visit a local vegetable and fish market; choose fresh produce to be used in a cooking workshop which includes preparation of lunch in typical Kerala-style.
  • Take a walking tour of Fort Cochin, visiting the Jews Street and synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in India and all of the British Commonwealth.
  • Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.


Overnight:  Cochin

Day Eleven: Saturday
ON THE BACKWATERS AND IN THE PEWS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Up Closer and More Personal: Board a houseboat for a cruise on the backwaters. Cruise through narrow canals, see people engaged in the activities of their daily lives, and enjoy the backwater landscapes and countryside.
  • Lunch on the boat.
  • Return to Cochin.
  • Story Telling Like the Locals: Attend a performance of the classical cultural form ‘Kathakali', a blend of dance, music, acting and dramatized story telling. These are adapted versions of Indian epics and will be viewed in a local theater, including the make-up session prior to the performance.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Cochin

Day Twelve: Sunday
HOUSES OF PRAYER AND SONGS OF THE HEART

  • Early breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart for Parur, considered the gateway to the Malabar region.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Songs of Jewish Women in Kerala with your tour educator.
  • Visit the restored Parur Synagogue which represents the most complete and elaborate example of a Jewish house of prayer from the Kerala region.
  • Continue to Chendamangalam to see the restored synagogue of the Malabar Jews.
  • Drive towards the Cochin Airport, stopping for lunch at a hotel near the airport and then check in for the flight to Mumbai.
  • Depart Cochin for Mumbai.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Mumbai Jewish Legacy with your tour educator.
  • Meet and assistance at the Mumbai Airport upon arrival and then transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Mumbai

Day Thirteen: Monday
LIGHTS, CAMERAS, RE-JUVINATION - A DAY IN MUMBAI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Broken Brotherhood: The Relationship Between the Bnei Israel Community and the Baghdad Jews in Mumbai with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Gate of Mercy Synagogue, also called the Juni Masji or Shaar Ha Rahamim, the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, built at the end of the 18th century.
  • Set out for a walking tour of the Fort area and a visit to the Kala Ghoda and its vicinity, including the Flora Fountain, Bombay University, Oval Maidan, High Court and the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • View the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry.
  • ‘Re-Jew-vinating' Themselves: Visit the Evelyn Peters Jewish Community Centre and meet with Elijah Jacobs, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Director in India for an overview of the Jewish community in India in general and JDC's work in particular.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.
  • When in Rome (or Mumbai): The largest employer and producer amongst world-wide film industries, Bollywood has long become a household name on the world stage. Witness another aspect of Indian culture as you view a Bollywood movie.


Overnight:  Mumbai

Day Fourteen: Tuesday
CARVED DEITIES AND PERSONAL SENTIMENTS - FINAL GOODBYES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Clothes We Wear: Participate in a hands-on workshop about traditional Indian clothing.
  • Board a motor launch at the Gateway of India to reach Elephanta, an island situated off the coast of Mumbai.
  • Visit the magnificent Cave Temples on Elephanta, featuring sculpted depictions of Hindu deities.
  • Return to Mumbai.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Free afternoon to relax, shop or explore the area.
  • 6:00 p.m. Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection conversation.
  • Transfer on own to the Mumbai International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A.


Overnight: Flight

Day Fifteen: Wednesday
RETURN HOME

  • Arrive in the U.S.A.



Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Hotel Option 1 - Prices begin from $5,250

15 Day India - Hotel Option 1
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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Maidens Hotel
Delhi

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. The hotel offers easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk.

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Trident Agra
Agra

Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

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Trident Jaipur
Jaipur

Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests at the 132 room Trident Hotel, Jaipur.

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Trident Udaipur
Udaipur

Set in forty three acres of lush green landscaping, Trident, Udaipur is located on the banks of the picturesque Pichola Lake and is ten minutes drive from the city centre.

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Le Meridien
Cochin

Le Meridien Kochi boasts of the most picturesque locale overlooking the serene backwaters and manicured gardens.

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Trident Nariman Point
Mumbai

Part of the famous Mumbai skyline, the hotel is located in the heart of the financial and business district with access to major corporate houses, entertainment, recreation and shopping centres.

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Taj Palace Hotel
New Delhi

Located in the very heart of the Indian capital, the location and unrivalled service are quintessentially Taj. The hotel is only a few minutes drive from both the airport and the city center and is near to most of the embassies in New Delhi.

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ITC Mughal
Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.

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Taj Jai Mahal Palace
Jaipur, Rajasthan

The Jai Mahal Palace is a magnificent palace hotel, once the home of the Prime Minister of Jaipur. It is just 14 km away from the airport and located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

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Fateh Prakash Palace
Udaipur

Still owned by Udaipur's Mewar royal family, the Fateh Prakash Palace won five National Tourism Awards for best heritage hotel in the "Heritage Grand" category.

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Taj Malabar
Cochin

Blending colonial Victorian charm and chic modern design, the 5-star Vivanta by Taj Malabar presents a first-rate spa, a landscaped pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.
Overlooking Cochin Harbour.

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Taj Mahal Palace
Mumbai

Sitting on the Colaba waterfront overlooking the Arabian Sea, the hotel features myriad architectural styles, including Oriental engravings on Gothic window frames topped by a Florentine dome, and a tower that boasts a modern Moorish aesthetic.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da'at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da'at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da'at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.