A Cocktail of History Literature and Fun: Jaipur Literature Festival

Am sharing with you  and writing about one of the most “delightful  annual events” .

It has for several years become an intrinsic part of my itinerary: 5 days in January every year are “reserved exclusively”  for the Jaipur Literature Festival.

I prefer to travel by car as it permits me to discover,explore and  eat at the dhabhas (wayside restaurants) . .Flexibility of time and no restrictions on packing are  additional benefits that accrue.

With flyovers being completed the ride is smooth
With flyovers being completed the ride is smooth

The weather is superb in January , making it one of the times to visit historical and colourful Jaipur (5 hours &  250 kms from Delhi) . Hold onto your seats, we are going to have  a blast.

Braethe the air countryside, mustard flowers in bloom
Breathe in the countryside; mustard flowers in bloom

Had I gone by train or by air, would have missed the stop at the gas station and thus the lovely monument in the background. While i filled in gas in the car, my friends ducked in for a coffee break.

Do spot the bird perched right on top.
Do spot the bird perched right on top.

For places to stay in Jaipur, you can be spoilt for choice.From large hotel chains to Palaces and Havelis you have it all.

I choose a small peaceful get away from the frenzy of the city. A quaint little home run by an adorable carefree lady.

room under the neem tree
room under the neem tree
In calm surroundings
In calm surroundings

If you love horses you are in for a surprise treat .As you sip your bed tea.  they can be seen frolicking across the rear wall of the house. Watching them roll in the sand was delightful.

the wall 7 o,clock is the wall of the home I stay in
the wall 7 o,clock is the rear wall of the home stay

Clock  towers are an ” intrinsic heritage” of most towns/cities of India. If you locate them you can be sure you are close to the heart of the town as well.

I spotted the majestic  clock tower at Jaipur  while driving to the Diggi Palace , venue of the happening Jaipur Literature Festival ( JLF)

TIP look for the clock tower in Indian towns
TIP look out for the clock tower in Indian towns

The historical Diggi Palace is located at the end of a narrow lane and runs as a family managed hotel round the year.

Main entry gate of Diggi palace
Main entry gate of Diggi palace
Lord Ganesha denotes a good start
Lord Ganesha denotes a good start

The graceful owners of the venue welcome you in their colourful and  beautiful best.

looking for birds i notice a wonderful canopy of embroidered umbrella
looking for birds i notice a wonderful canopy of embroidered umbrella

Do not miss the scrumptious “masala  peanuts” ( seen in a basket;  bottom left of the picture) which is paired perfectly with masala tea served in earthen cups.

These are some of the flavours which make the JLF a unique and delightful event.

The colour and beauty of Rajasthan is overpowering
The colour and beauty of Rajasthan is overpowering
Mark the turbans and traditional attire
Mark the turbans and traditional attire

The Literary Festival is a wonderful place to witness Books come to Life as the authors talk about their experiences, debate various issues and answer your queries. Its a wonderful place to interact with hundreds of authors from across the world who are so easily accessible.

Book launch at the JLF
Book launch at the JLF

There are multiple venues and many events unfold simultaneously, thus it is best to make a plan before you arrive at the venue.

Whats his plan??
Whats his plan??
 Char bagh
Char bagh

A talk at the  Durbar Hall was my inspiration  for travelling to the Mahakumbh ( held only once in 12 years) . What will inspire you?

Do visit when a literary session is not in progress
DURBAR HALL :Do visit when a literary session is not in progress

The story of the Vijayanagar empire and the ruins of Hampi remains my personal favorite.

The story of HAMPI being told through slides
The story of HAMPI being told through slides
Jumping with Joy at BAITHAK
Jumping with Joy at BAITHAK

Shopping, Drinking, Eating & Music are naturally woven into the festival. The festival starts and ends with Music.

The morning session
The morning session

My friend Babar takes the  FUN  route, flirting and shopping ( in order of priority)

Any guesses what's he upto?
Any guesses what’s he upto?
Grapes,wine and ...
Grapes,wine and …
fringe benefits
fringe benefits

Do plan your trips now. To have an amazing fun filled Coccktail, TRAVEL WITH ME.

contact me at : chandmukul@gmail.com or leave a message on Facebook.

CHEERS

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5 thoughts on “A Cocktail of History Literature and Fun: Jaipur Literature Festival

  1. The every word touches a soul ,whatever u write here on your blog.You have seen all these places with the connection of nature ,so whenever you describe it make me feel that i m belonging to particular places .

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