10 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Jaipur
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Jaipur — 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Family-friendly places like Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and City Palace of Jaipur will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ele Experience Farm and Akshardham Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Moti Dungari Temple, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and look for gifts at Fair Deal Textile.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur online travel planner.

New York City, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Jaipur, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in March, with highs in Jaipur at 89°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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Mahabalipuram — 5 nights

Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamakshi Amman Temple and Covelong Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like India Seashell Museum and Shore Temple. When in Mahabalipuram, make a side trip to see DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, approximately Muttukadu away. The adventure continues: meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Head underground at Trimurti Cave, look for gifts at Apollo Books, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip planning website.

Getting from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Jaipur in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mahabalipuram, with lows around 74°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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