In our Mumbai Jewish Heritage tours you will learn about the rich jewish history of Mumbai. Listen to the mesmerizing stories of Jews who lived peacefully with their Hindu and Muslim neighbors. The tour begins with a visit to the David Sassoon library, built by the Sassoon family, known as the Rothschilds of the East. Drive past stunning Victorian buildings, including Mumbai University and the Victoria Terminus Railway Station, which was filmed in Slumdog Millionaire. Marvel at the Dhobi Ghat, a massive outdoor laundry. Visit Shaar Harahamim, the oldest synagogue in the city (1796); Magen David, the first Baghdadi house of worship in Mumbai and the only synagogue with a daily minyan; Tiphereth Israel, one of the city's most active Jewish centers, and Keneseth Eliyahoo, built by Jacob Sassoon and painted a beautiful robin's-egg blue , also visit the Chabad House.
Board a ferry from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island, a 7th-century World Heritage site. The one-hour boat ride culminates at the rock-cut cave temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Learn about its history, rock-cut architecture, Hindu mythology and iconography. Tour lasts 4-5 hours.
A private tour of Mumbai's Dharavi slum that shatters negative stereotypes. Experience the positive side of life in Asia's largest slum: visit the industrial section, learn about plastic recycling, embroidery and pottery-making. In the residential quarter, you will feel the sense of community and spirit that exist in the slum.
Visit the Sassoon Docks and learn about the fisherman, the original inhabitants of the city. At Banganga Tank, you will see how the city looked a century ago and experience hospitality at a local Hindu home. Visit a common laundry, a wholesale flower market and a spice market, where you will see artisans making clay images of the Hindu god Shiva. Drive past Antila, the most expensive house in the world.
In the early hours of the day, Mumbai's residents are already hard at work to earn their daily bread. Start the tour with a visit to the wholesale fish market, where boats offload their fresh catch. Witness the newspaper distribution system; visit the wholesale vegetable and fruit market as well as the green vegetable market; absorb the riot of colors at the flower market, and watch the city's fitness fanatics jogging, walking and practicing yoga.
Explore the villages along the coast of Mumbai where the Bene Israel, believed to be one of the lost tribes of the Jewish people, landed over 2,000 years ago. Take a Tuktuk to see the monument built to commemorate the landing, and the Naogaon Cemetery, which is more 2,000 years old. Visit the Magen Aboth Synagogue - Built in 1840. Board a ferry at the Mandwa Jetty to travel back to Mumbai.
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