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.
Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like City Palace of Jaipur and Walking tours. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind and stop by Gems Paradise.

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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. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get warmer in Jaipur: highs are around 100°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Mahabalipuram Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal (in Kanchipuram) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, stop by Stone Sculptures of Mahabalipuram, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple.

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You can fly from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. April in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 79°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 9th (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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