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.
Attractions like Amber Palace and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stop by K.L. Jewellers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur trip itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in Jaipur reach 89°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shore Temple and Vedagiriswarar Temple. Attractions like Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Mahishasuramardini Cave make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mahabalipuram: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram road trip website.

You can fly from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel 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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