10 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Bring the kids along to City Palace of Jaipur and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and look for gifts at K.L. Jewellers.

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New York City, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from New York City to Jaipur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, things will get much hotter in Jaipur: highs are around 89°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum. Attractions like Monuments at Mahabalipuram and The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology make great kid-friendly stops. When in Mahabalipuram, make a side trip to see Covelong Beach in Covelong, approximately Covelong away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram holiday planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Jaipur in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Mahabalipuram. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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