Extraordinary India: Beyond the Golden Triangle | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Extraordinary India: Beyond the Golden Triangle

January 7 - 15, 2017

Osher Marin JCC Cultural Arts Trip
Extraordinary India:
Beyond the Golden Triangle
January 7-20, 2017

Optional Varanasi Extension
January 19-22, 2017

Join our adventure to explore the arts and architecture, cuisine and crafts, history, religions and traditions in this mysterious & magnificent country!

Begin in India's “Golden Triangle” which is comprised of the three most visited cities in the country's northwest - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. On the map, these form a triangle that has been dubbed "golden" for the extraordinary wealth of cultural & historical splendor offered in each of the cities. You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal. Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia's best artisans, workshops & bazaars. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to this amazing country. Most agree, if you've never been to India, start here! 

However, why go all the way to the other side of the earth and not see other marvelous sites. Journey beyond the Golden Triangle to discover Jodhpur is known as "The Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year and the "The Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses near its fort. Still frequently called “Bombay,” Mumbai is the largest, wealthiest and most modern city in India – a cosmopolitan and trendy mega-city representing the ever-changing face of today's India, yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values. In addition, visit a few villages, which offer an interesting counterpoint to the bustling cities. End your trip in Mumbai, or continue with a magical trip extension:

…with a visit “the Holy City on the Ganges” – Varanasi. From a glacier high in the Himalayas, the Ganges River, or the “Ganga” as it is called by Hindus, carries the mystical powers of the peaks to the holy city of Varanasi. Thus, every devout Hindu wishes to visit here once in a lifetime to purify body and soul in the river. To a Hindu, each drop of the Ganges is auspicious; the water holds the power to release a Hindu from the cycle of rebirth. Along a 4-mile stretch of the Ganges, see stone steps (or ghats) that link the great Hindu city to the far greater river. Even for the non-Hindu, a pilgrimage to Varanasi is a transcendent experience, a rare opportunity to experience the river that the Hindus revere as the source of all being. “To visit the Ganges at Varanasi is to truly touch the soul of India.”

Experience a wonderfully overwhelming and fully sensual (re: gratifying the senses!) experience. Feel the softness of gossamer-spun silk, the delicate warmth of real pashmina (not the material of $5 scarves sold on U.S. city streets), and the cool white marble carvings of magnificent temples; See the refined and opulent palaces and the simple strokes of an artist’s brush; the myriad of swirling colors of sari-wrapped women and the serenity of the changing hues of light on the Taj Mahal, muted in the morning mist; Hear the honking traffic just saying “hello” in a sprawling metropolis and the mesmerizing repetitive chant in a temple; Taste the sweetness of juicy ripe mangoes and the savory yeastiness of flat-bread cooked in a clay oven; Smell the scent of freshly toasted spices – cumin, cardamom, coriander – and the lush essential oils wafting through the market air.

Full of surprises and delights, India awaits!

Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve yours soon! Contact James Sokol at 415.444.8017 or jsokol@marinjcc.org