Christian Pilgrimage Tour in India
Delhi – Goa – Kochi – Chennai – Kolkata
Christian Pilgrimage Tour in India Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrival Delhi, Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 02: Delhi
Full day visit St.Peter's Cathedral Located on Bhai Veer Singh Marg, this is the spiritual centre of the Syrian Orthodox Christians in the capital, New Delhi. The cathedral is situated in an exclusive and well-laid out site in the heart of the metropolis. Cathedral Church of the Redemption Located in the vicinity of the Parliament House, it is thronged by devout Catholics, including many eminent political and public figures. Church of the Sacred Heart Located at the end of Bhai Veer Singh Marg, adjacent to the Convent of Jesus and Mary (one of the most prestigious schools in Delhi), this church has an imposing structure and is regularly visited by the local Catholic Christian community.St.James Church Situated near Kashmiri Gate in the northern part of Delhi, St. James Church is the oldest church in the city, built around 1836. including some historical places like India Gate, Qutab Minar & Himayun Tomb.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Delhi Mumbai
In time transfer to domestic airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel. Afternoon a half-day tour of Mumbai City and its visit Gateway of India, Nehru Planetarium, Princes of Wales, & Churches. Mount Mary Church it is one of the prominent churches in Mumbai. A week long fair, which is popularly known as Bandra fair, is held in the month of September to celebrate the birth of Mother Mary on September 8. People of all faiths throng this place to seek the blessings of the Mother.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 04: Mumbai Goa
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Goa. Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.Overnight at the hotel
- Day 05: In Goa
Morning a half-day tour of Old Goa and its churches Relics of St. Francis Xavier is kept, Home to India's most attractive beaches with cool sands, tropical suns and swaying palm trees, Goa is a beach tour that takes you far away from the strenuous life into the lap of nature but not too far away to lose the comforts and facilities of lavish surroundings. The famous beaches of Goa include Calangute, Vagator, Anjuna, Colva and Palolem beach along with the charm of 16th century Portuguese settlement of Old Goa. The famous churches of Goa include Basilica of Bom Jesus that houses mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in a rich silver casket, Se Cathedral with its 'Golden Bell', paintings of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao. Rest of the day is at leisure.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 06: Goa Kochi
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Kochi. Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit The Santa Cruz Basilica, a church built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul 1V in 1558, was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop Dom Gomez Vereira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984. Evening free to explore the vibrant markets.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 07: In Kochi
Morning visit Fort Kochi is also home to one of India's oldest churches - the St.Francis Church. This was a Roman Catholic Church during the Portuguese rule from 1503 to 1663, then a Dutch Reformist Church from 1664 to 1804, and Anglican church from 1804 to 1947. Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Another important fact about the church is that Vasco Da Gama, who died in 1524, was buried here before his mortal remains were returned to Portugal 14 years later... Each and every structure, street, door, window and brick in Fort Kochi has several stories to tell. Chinese Fishing nets: The chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Afternoon free.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 08: Kochi Chennai
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Chennai. Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel.Afternoon free & overnight at hotel.
- Day 09: In Chennai
Full day visit various Churches San Thome at the southern end of Marina derives its name from St Thomas, the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras sometime during 52 AD. St John's Church, this church built in 1812 has louvre doors which open to convert it into airy pavilion and is located near the Theppakulam .Overnight at hotel.
- Day 10: Chennai Kolkata
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Kolkata. On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour visit the Victoria Memorial built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of the Taj Mahal in memory of Queen Victoria. This huge white-marble museum houses a vast collection of memorabilia from the days of British empire. Eden Gardens the gardens were created in 1840 and named after the sister of Lord Auckland, the former governor general. The idea was to make a Biblical - style garden of Eden in India.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 11: In Kolkata
Full day visit St John's Church : Built in 1787 with Grecian columns. The burial ground has the mausoleum of Job Charnock, founder of Calcutta. On the north-west side of Raj Bhavan. St Paul's Cathedral : Constructed between 1839 and 1847 in Gothic style with stained glass windows and two Florentine frescoes, the cathedral is the largest in the city and next to the Birla Planetarium. St Paul's was conscerated in 1874. Armenian Church : The oldest place of Christian worship in Calcutta. The church of Holy Nazareth was built in 1764.Among the other churches to visit are St Andrew's Church. The Old Mission Church and the Greek Orthodox Church.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 12: Depart Kolkata
Morning transfer to the Airport for an international flight back home.