India

Mumba • Calicut • Chennai • Velankannai • Mudarai • Delhi • Agra

Countries visited:  India

Sample itinerary:  13 days/14 nights

 

Overview

Itinerary

Details

India Overview

Travelling in India is one of the most incredible experiences that a western can have. The need to worship the divine manifests in many aspects of people's ordinary life, starting with the greeting word “Namaste” that in Sanskrit means “the divine qualities in me bow to the divine qualities in you.”

This itinerary will offer you the opportunity to experience, through art and history, the local Christian tradition as well as other local religions and beliefs.

You may discover that the most fulfilling experience of this pilgrimage can be found in people's eyes and our wish to open ourselves to them. Travelling on a journey of the spirit means observing things from a different perspective, by using our heart as the main doorway of perception.

 

Highlights

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Haji Ali Mosque, Sidhivinayak Temple, Mani Bhawan Gandhi Museum & Dhobi Ghat, Birla Temple, Fort William, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, Thousand Lights Mosque, The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Thirupparankundram Temple, Old and New Delhi, Jama Masjid, Taj Mahal

 

Days 1-2:      Mumbai

Days 2-4:       Calcutta

Days 5-6:       Chennai

Days 7-8:       Velankanni

Days 9-10:     Madurai

Days 11-12:   Delhi

Days 13-14:   Agra-Delhi

Other journeys are available in India. Please let us know what you may be interested in and we will provide you with a quotation. Minimum participants 10 people.

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 •  Arrive Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai International Airport. You will be met at the airport by our representative who give you a warm welcome with fresh flower garlands and transfer to hotel. Your room is available for immediate occupancy. Overnight stay in Mumbai..

Day 2 • Mumbai

Morning after breakfast enjoy a visit to Mount Mary Church, a Roman Catholic Church, also known by the name of “The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount,” visited by people of all religions. The following visit will include Haji Ali Mosque, the Gateway of India, the Shree Sidhivinayak Temple, Mani Bhawan Gandhi Museum and the Dhobi Ghat. Overnight at hotel in Mumbai.

Day 3 • Calcutta

Morning after breakfast, transfer to domestic airport to board flight to Calcutta (or Kolkata), the capital of India in British Time. On arrival meet with our representative and transfer to hotel. Check in and rest. After lunch, transfer to visit Mother Teresa Center, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In late 2003 she was beatified, the third step toward possible sainthood. At the end visit to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Evening back to hotel. Overnight in Calcutta

Day 4 • Calcutta

Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing of city that will include Fort William, Birla Temple and the Eden Gardens cricket ground. Established in 1864, Eden Gardens currently holds 68,000 people. Overnight stay in Calcutta.

Day 5 • Chennai

Morning after breakfast transfer to domestic airport for your flight to Chennai. Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel.  After lunch we enjoy half day sightseeing of Chennai, visiting St. George Fort and St. Mary's Church. St. Mary's Church, within the Fort St. George, was established in 1680, and it is one of the oldest churches in India. Back to hotel and overnight in Chennai.

Day 6 • Chennai

Morning after breakfast we visit San Thome Basilica, a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, and rebuilt again with the status of a cathedral by the British in 1893. We continue our visit with the Freemason's Hall, the Thousand Lights Mosque, the MGR Memorial. Evening back to hotel and overnight stay in Chennai.

Day 7 • Chennai – Velankanni (275 km / 7 hours)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Velankanni by private air-conditioned coach. Velankanni is a small holy town located in Nagapattinam. This town sits on the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu. The most significant place at Velankanni is the Shrine of Virgin Mary which is dedicated to the Madonna of Velankanni often called Our Lady of Health. Upon arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Velankanni.

Day 8  •  Velankanni

Morning after breakfast sightseeing of city.  Visit The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, The Church Museum, built to house the offerings which the devotees presented to the mother as a token of gratitude for the bountiful blessings they received. Evening sunset tour of Vailankanni Beach. Experience peace of mind while sitting in the lap of our Mother Vailankanni. Overnight in Velankanni.

Day 9 •  Velankanni – Madurai (210 km / 5 hours)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Madurai, the third largest city and the second largest municipal corporation in Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Upon arrival check in to hotel and after lunch visit to Sri Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to Shiva, the Thirupparankundram Temple, the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, one of the largest temple tanks in South India. Overnight in Madurai.

Day 10 • Madurai – Oriyur – Madurai (210 km / 8 hours)

Morning after breakfast leave for day excursion to Oriyur a Christian pilgrim center, as it is home to the martyrdom of St. John de Britto, a Portuguese Jesuit better known as “Arulanandar” in Tamil. It was in this place that St. John de Britto was beheaded in 1693 and the sand dune is said to have turned red, stained by the blood of the saint. John de Brito was the scion of a powerful aristocratic Portuguese family, and he joined the Jesuits in 1662, studying at the famous University of Coimbra. He traveled to the missions of Madura, in southern India, present-day Tamil Nadu, in 1673 and preached the Christian religion in the region of the Marava country. He renamed himself Arul Anandar in Tamil. The ruler of the Marava country imprisoned him in 1684. Having been expelled, he returned to Lisbon in 1687 and worked as a missions procurator. In1690 he returned to the Marava country with 24 new missionaries. Evening drive back to Madurai. Overnight stay in Madurai.

Day 11 • Flight to Delhi

Morning checkout and transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive at Delhi International Airport where you will be met at the airport by our representative who will welcome you with fresh flower garlands and transfer to the hotel by deluxe air-conditioned tourist coach. Your room is available for immediate occupancy. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 12 • Delhi – Agra (200 km / 4 hours)

Morning after breakfast checkout & leave for a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi: Jama Masjid, the Red Fort Citadel, the Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi which is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on January 31, 1948. In New Delhi we visit The India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and drive past the grand government buildings: the President’s House and Parliament House all dating back to the time of British Raj. We then drive to Agra, the Mughal capital founded in 1526 and known for its chaotic and vibrant souvenir vendors, historic temples and many grand, ancient monuments and tombs. Overnight in Agra.

Day 13 • Agra

After breakfast we leave to explore the monumental heritage of the Great Mughals, including the magnificent Taj Mahal a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After lunch tour of the imposing Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay at our hotel in Agra.

Day 14 • Agra – Delhi (200 km / 4 hours)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the International Airport for departure flight.

 

 

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Price includes :

All domestic flights

Accommodations in four-star hotels in double room (see details below)

Daily buffet breakfast in the hotels.

Transportation on private coach air-conditioned as per itinerary

Visits, excursions and entry fees as per the program

Highly experienced English-speaking guide throughout

Gratuities

Price does not include:

International flights. However we will be happy to assist you with flight quotations as soon as they are available. Please let us know your departure city.

Insurance for medical assistance, loss or damage of baggage, cancellation fees. However we are able to offer medical, luggage and cancellation insurance upon request.

Any meals except those mentioned

Porterage

Beverages

Extras and items of a personal nature

Anything not specified in “the price includes” section

The following hotels or similar will be chosen:

Agra, Howard Park Plaza (website under construction)