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PILGRIMAGE TO THE LAND OF THE SAINTS OF - Mary's Pilgrims Powered By Docstoc

              JAN 22 - FEB 15, 2012 (All inclusive)

 Destination Covered: - Chennai – Pondicherry – Tanjavure – Vellankani –
 Trichy – Cochin - Devine Retreat Centre Potta – Goa – Mumbai – Kolkata -
                            Delhi – Agra – Delhi

Our Lady of Valankani - Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son
appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer’s home. While he rested under a Banyan tree
near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son and the boy gave her
some. On reaching the customer’s home, the boy apologized for his lateness and the reduced
amount of milk by relating the incident that occurred on his way.
On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and realized that something miraculous had
happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting to see the place where the apparition occurred,
accompanied the boy. When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again.
Some years later Our Lady appeared again. This time to a crippled boy who was selling buttermilk
near a public square on the outskirts of the same village of Vailankanni. She asked him for
buttermilk for her infant Son and the boy compiled. Our Lady asked the boy to inform a certain
wealthy Catholic man in the nearby town of Nagapattinam of her appearance. Not realizing that his
crippled leg was miraculously cured by Our Lady, the boy rose up and began his journey. The man
also had a vision the previous night in which Our Lady asked him to build a chapel for her.
Together, the man and the boy returned to the site of the miracle.
This time Our Lady appeared to both. The man erected a thatched chapel for Our Lady at the site of
Her second appearance. This chapel became a holy place of veneration to Our Blesses mother and
She was called henceforth, Mother of Good Health ("Arokia Matha").
On learning that it was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic
community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called "Matha Kulam" or
Our Lady’s tank.
A few years later, Our Merciful Mother rescued a few Portuguese merchant sailors from a violent
storm, which wrecked their ship. When the merchants reached the shore of Vailankanni they were
taken by local fisherman to the thatched chapel. To give thanks and pay tribute to Our Lady, they
built a small permanent chapel on their return trip. On subsequent visits they improved on it. The
merchants dedicated the chapel to Our Lady on September 8th to celebrate the feast of her nativity
and to mark the date of their safe landing to Vailankanni.

About Mother Teresa- Kolkata - Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*,
Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she
felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At
the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish
community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months' training in Dublin she was sent to
India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother
Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed
outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission
from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of
the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence,
and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and
financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her
On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order,
"The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody
was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a
decree of Pope Paul VI.

About St. Thomas, Chennai - Thomas is as much to say as abysm or double, which in Greek is said
didimus; or else Thomas is said of Thomas, which is said division or parting. He was abysm or
swallow because he deserved to pierce the deepness of divinity, when at his interrogation Jesus
Christ answered to him: Ego sum via, veritas et vita: I am the way, truth, and life. He is said double
because he knew Christ in his resurrection in double wise more than other knew, for they knew him
but only in seeing, but Thomas knew him both seeing and feeling. He is said division or departing,
for he departed his love from the love of the world, and was departed from the other apostles at the
resurrection. Or Thomas is said as, appeared again, that is in the love of God by contemplation. He
had there things in him of which Prosper saints in the book of the Soul Contemplative, and
demanded what it is for to love nothing but to conceive the burning of him in his thought, and the
talent of God, and the hate of sin, and to forsake the world. Or Thomas is as much to say as always
going in the love and contemplation of God. Or Thomas is as much as: My God, because he said,
when he touched the side of our Lord: My God and my Lord.

 St. Francis Xavier, Goa - Francis Xavier was born to an aristocratic and wealthy Basque family in
the Castle of Xavier near Sanguesa, in Navarre, Northern Spain on 7 April, 1506. In 1525, after
having completed a preliminary course of studies in Spain, Francis Xavier went to Paris, where he
entered the Collège de Sainte - Barbe.
On 7 April, 1541 (his 35th birthday), he sailed for India and landed at Goa on 6 May, 1542. The
first five months he spent in preaching and ministering to the sick in the hospitals. It has been said
that he would walk the streets ringing a little bell and inviting the children to hear the word of God.
When a sufficient number had gathered, he would take them to a nearby church and explain
catechism to them.
It was while in Goa that he learned that a papal decree of 27th September 1543 had finally
approved the creation of the Society of Jesus. Ignatius Loyola had been elected the first General of
the order in April 1541. Xavier then devoted the next three years preaching to the people of
Western India, converting a few thousand to Christianity in the process.

                                        ~ Detailed Itinerary ~

Day 01 (22 Jan’12 – Sun) / 02 (23 Jan’12 – Mon) – Depart JFK (New York) - Chennai (India)
Depart JFK on your overnight flight to Chennai dinner and breakfast served on

Day 03 (24 Jan’12 – Tue) – Arrival at Chennai

Welcome upon arrival at Chennai, meet & assist at Chennai airport, later transfer
& check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Chennai is the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is located on the southeastern coast of India. The city
was formerly known as Madras and was established by the British. Chennai became
an important administrative headquarter and the capital of Madras Presidency. The
growth and expansion of British Empire led to development of the city. It has been
endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture. It is for this reason that Chennai
is also called as the 'Gateway to South India'. The city been blessed with the wealth
of arts and literature. It is famous for its various cultural events, showcasing the
performing arts such as Dance, Music and Drama at its best. Tamil literature is very
rich in content and preaches ancient morals and values.

Day 04 (25 Jan’12 – Wed) – Chennai

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning full day guided Sightseeing of the city including St. George Fort
(closed on Friday), St. Mary’s Church (closed on Sunday afternoon), St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica
(closed on Sunday afternoon), and visit Birla Planetarium. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 05 (26 Jan’12 – Thu) – Chennai – Pondicherry                    180 kms 04 hrs
drive approx

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Check out & proceed by surface to Pondicherry, on
arrival check in to the hotel. Visit Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - This church
is full of eye pleasing paintings in stained glass and also has beautiful marble
decorations. This church was supposed to have been erected in 1700s by French
Missionaries. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a catholic church and is white
and brown structure. And also visit Church of Capuchins, Notre dame de - Eglise de Notre Dame de
la Conception Immaculee Church, dedicated to St Peters, is the church of the Capuchins in
Pondicherry. It was founded in 1686 as a small chapel outside the Government Park. It was serving
as a parish church till 1729 and it was St Lazar who renamed this church. The church is popular for
its wonderful stonework showing the texture and beauty as that of white marble, by using the
mixture of limestone mixed with white of the egg. Eglise de Notre Dame Des Anges resembles the
Basilica at Lourdes located in southern France. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)
Pondicherry is known for its colonial structures and the French influence still fresh
in the air of Pondicherry. The churches and the beaches are main tourist
attractions in Pondicherry. The land of the Bengali philosopher, Sri Aurobindo; the
union territory is quite renowned for the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville (closed
on Sunday afternoon) where he spent his golden years.
Pondicherry is home to several famous Churches. Many churches were built by the
French, and its structure and architecture gives a definite French feel. One such
example of a church is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Day 06 (27 Jan’12 – Fai) –Pondicherry – Vellankani via Thanjavur 180 kms 04 hrs drive approx

Breakfast at the hotel. Later Check out & proceed by surface to Thanjavur for Vellankini. On arrival
Vellankini, check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

The Velankanni Church is the main attraction here. It is in honour of the Lady of
Health who is also known as the Madonna of Velankanni.

Day 07 (28 Jan’12 – Sat) –Vellankani

Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed to visit by guided sightseeing of Vellankani
Church. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 08 (29 Jan’12 – Sun)–Vellankani – Trichy or Tiruchirppali (Visit Vadaikudu)
100 Kms 02 hrs drive approx

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning checkout and proceed by surface to Trichy. On arrival Trichy
check in to the hotel. Later proceed to visit Vadaikudu shrine. Back and Overnight at the hotel. (B,
L, D)

Day 09 (30 Jan’12 – Mon)–Trichy – Vadaikudu- Trichy                 200 Kms drive approx

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning proceed to visit Vadaikudu shrine. Back and Overnight at the
hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10 (31 Jan’12 – Tue)–Trichy - Cochin by Overnight train – 16865

Dep. (Tiruchchirapali. 20:15 Arr. (Ernakulum) 06:15         Operate - Daily
Breakfast at the Hotel. Later check out from the hotel followed by the guided sightseeing of Trichy
including ST. LOURDU'S CHURCH & MUKKOMBU. Later transfer to the railway station to board
the overnight train to Kochi or Ernakulum. Overnight on train. (B, L, D)

Day 11 (01 Feb’12 – Wed)–Arrive Cochin


Kochi (colonial name Cochin) Kerala, 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the
centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also
referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

06:15 hrs - On arrival at Cochin or Ernakulum meet and assist at the station.
Transfer and proceed to hotel . Breakfast at hotel. Later proceed for Alleppey and
enjoy the day cruise houseboat (Non A/C) – Alleppey houseboats cruise is the best
way to explore the Kerala backwaters. Embark at 1230 hrs, we will welcome you
with fresh tender coconut water and start cruise after a short briefing introduction,
relax and enjoy the canals and rivers and backwater, at 1300 hrs houseboat will
stop for lunch , with lavish menu of traditional Kerala cuisine 1500 hrs it will
continue its cruise covering beautiful rivers and canals with palm trees and small
houses near to it , villages paddy fields, churches, etc,
Disembark from the day cruise houseboat and drive back to Cochin on arrival at
Cochin transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin. (B, L, D)

Day 12 (02 Feb’12 –Thu) –Cochin

Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for visit Potta Retreat Centre. After visit back
to hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 13 (03 Feb’12 – Fai)–Cochin – Goa           by overnight train – 16312 Dep.
(Ernakulam Town) 20:00 / Arr. (Madgaon) 11:40 – Operate only on SAT only

Breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon checkout from the hotel followed by guided
sightseeing of the city including St. Francis Church, Vasco House & Santa Cruz
Basilica. After visit the city and drive to Ernakulum railway station to connect the train for Goa.
Overnight at train. (B, L, D)

Day 14 (04 Feb’12 – Sat) –Arrive Goa
Morning on arrival at Goa, transfer & check in to the hotel. Later proceed for guided
sightseeing of city including St Xavier church or Basilica of Bom Jesus and St
Cathedral church. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 15 (05 Feb’12 – Sun) –Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day of conference in Goa/ free for you own activities.
Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 15 (06 Feb – Mon)– Goa                  14     17th Feb.11’ Thursday Goa

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for guided sightseeing of the city Including Fort Aguada, Reis
Magos Church and Royal chapel of St. Anthony and Chapel of St. Catherine. Drive to Spice
plantation for Goan Buffet lunch & for some traditional Goanese food. Evening proceed for boat
cruise at River Mandovi. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 17 (07 Feb’12 – Tue) – Goa – Mumbai                     by Flight

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning at leisure. Afternoon checkout and drive to airport
to connect flight for Mumbai. On arrival, meet and assist at the airport. Transfer
and check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Mumbai, the biggest metropolis of India, is a city that virtually never sleeps. In this
city of dreams, life never appears dull or boring, especially due to the presence of
its interminable chaos and action. Generating the maximum share of country's
revenue, Mumbai houses the country's largest production houses, stock
exchanges, sea port and offices of some of the esteemed companies of the world. Not only is
Mumbai the capital of Maharashtra, it is also called the “Commercial Capital of
India” Being the city of Bollywood, Mumbai allures thousands of aspirant actors
and artists from all over the country.

Day 18 (08 Feb’12 – Wed) –Mumbai

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning guided sightseeing of Gateway of India, one of the
major milestones in Mumbai is the Gateway of India - located at the Apollo
Bunder, the Gateway of India was built in honor of King George V and Queen Mary
to Bombay. Then visit Mount Mount Mary Church, Mahim Church, and Cathedral
Church. Later proceed to visit the Prince of Wales Museum-A major tourist
attraction in Mumbai is the Prince of Wales Museum. Built in the year 1914, the
museum remains one of the best museums in the country; Hanging Garden -Perched, a top
Malabar Hill. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 19 (09 Feb’12 – Thu) –Mumba
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day of conference in Mumbai / free for you own activities. Overnight
at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 20 (10 Feb’12 – Fai) –Mumbai - Kolkata          by Flight

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning check out and transfer to Mumbai Airport to board the flight to
Kolkata .On arrival meet and assistance at the airport and check in to the hotel. Overnight at the
hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 21 (11Feb’12 – Sat) – Kolkata

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for guided sightseeing of Kolkata including MOTHER TERESA
CENTER (closed on Thursday), Victoria Memorial (closed on Monday) and science
city. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 22 (12 Feb’12 – Sun) – Kolkata - Delhi                  by Flight

Breakfast at Hotel. Later check out & transfer to the airport to board the flight to
Delhi On arrival, transfer & check in to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 23 (13 Feb’12 – Mon) –Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning proceed to visit St Father Agnel and Qutub Minar. After visit Old
Delhi including Red Fort - visit from outside only (Closed on Monday), Jama mosque & Rajghat.
India gate, Lotus Temple- visit from outside only (Closed on Monday), drive through Parliament
house and Presidential house. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 24 (14 Feb’12 – Tue)–Delhi – Agra               205 kms 04 hrs 30 min drive

Breakfast at hotel. Morning check out and drive to Agra. On arrival at Agra transfer
to hotel. Evening free for shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra. (B, L, D)


One of India's most famous cities, Agra is home to the breathtaking white-marble
Taj Mahal, a truly magnificent Mughal riverside mausoleum and World Heritage
Site. Agra lies in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in North India,
    Day 25 (15 Feb’12 –Wed) – Agra – Delhi + Departure

    Breakfast at hotel. Morning proceed for sightseeing of Agra City including one of the world’s most
    beautiful Monuments “Taj Mahal” (its closed on every Friday) built by Mughal Emperor Shah
    Jehan for his Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The construction believed to have taken 22 years to
    complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Then will visit
    magnificent Agra Fort, built in the bank of Yamuna River, is situated in the center of
    the town. Various styles of the architecture are evident within the Fort and
    demonstrate the love of Mughal Emperors Lunch at hotel. Afternoon drive to Delhi,
    On arrival at Delhi transfer to the restaurant for Farewell Dinner, after that transfer
    to the airport to board the flight to Onwards Destination. (B, L, D)

                                   *** TOUR END ****



   20 night’s hotel accommodation based on twin sharing room
   2 night’s - overnight train
   Hotels 4 to 5 Star Hotel
   Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner from the day of arrival to the last day
   Air-conditioned Transport throughout the tour as per the itinerary.
   All International & Domestic airfare (as per itinerary).
   Daily Holy Mass and adoration (time permitting )
   English speaking escort from our office.
   English speaking local guide at Chennai, Cochin, Pondicherry, Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi & Agra
    and English Speaking local guide at Trichy, Tanjore and Velankanni
   Train tickets from 01 -Trichy to Cochin & 02 - Cochin to Goa by 02nd AC or 03rd AC Class.
   01 Mineral water Per Person per Day.
   Boat cruise at Alleppey for Three Hours including Lunch only.
   Monuments entrance fees as per the itinerary (For Single Visit only).
   Arrival Assistance at airport.
   Visa Fees
   Tips to Driver and Guide
   Insurance age (35 To 59 Years of age/over 59 Supplement Will Apply)
   All PRESENT applicable taxes (All Airport Taxes, Hotel Taxes and Fuel Surcharge)

 Personal expenses - Calls, Laundry, tips, alcoholic or Non Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  used in room, items ordered on room service, mini bar etc.
 Camera fees.
 Cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation
 Any items not mentioned in the “Includes” column.

Hotels 4* / 5* Deluxe Hotels Envisaged or Similar

 Place           Nights          04* / 05* Hotels
 Chennai         02        The Pride / Accord Metropolitan / GRT Grand /Similar
 Pondicherry     01        The Promenade / Zest Big Beach / Atithi / Anandha Inn / Similar
 Vellankanni     02        MGM Resort / Similar
 Trichy          02        Sangam / Similar
 Cochin          02        Le-Meridien / Trident / Dream Cochin / Similar
 Goa             03        Taj Exotica / Similar
 Mumbai          03        Taj Majal & Palace /Similar
 Kolkata         02        Peerless Inn / Kenilworth Hotel / Similar
 Delhi           02        Le-Meridien/Wyndham / Metropolitan / Jaypee Vasant / The Grand / Similar
 Agra            01        Jaypee Palace / Mansingh Palace / Clarks Shiraz / Similar

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