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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The historical Diggi Palace is located at the end of a narrow lane and runs as a family managed hotel round the year.
The graceful owners of the venue welcome you in their colourful and beautiful best.
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 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.
There are multiple venues and many events unfold simultaneously, thus it is best to make a plan before you arrive at the venue.
A talk at the Durbar Hall was my inspiration for travelling to the Mahakumbh ( held only once in 12 years) . What will inspire you?
The story of the Vijayanagar empire and the ruins of Hampi remains my personal favorite.
Shopping, Drinking, Eating & Music are naturally woven into the festival. The festival starts and ends with Music.
My friend Babar takes the FUN route, flirting and shopping ( in order of priority)
Do plan your trips now. To have an amazing fun filled Coccktail, TRAVEL WITH ME.
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