JAIPUR’s LEGENDARY LITERATURE FESTIVAL IS A VIBRANT & FAST-EXPANDING PHENOMENONDRAWING IN GLOBAL TOURISTS TO ITS SHORES.

It’s become harder to get a seat on a flight to Jaipur in January, and those trying to drive down from Delhi usually encounter daunting traffic jams on the highway. Yet, more travellers from across the world go through the maddening rush and effort every year at the height of the winter to get to the Pink City.

 

Jaipur literature festival 

The reason is rather unlikely in these times of instant entertainment – books. The Jaipur Literature Festival’s cult popularity seems odd to people who hear of it for the first time. A literature festival that has free, unrestricted entry – anyone can walk in – and has sessions all day long where authors and poets expound on how and why they write and read, isn’t the kind of thing that sounds like a major international event, especially one that attracts hordes of cool young people. But it does, and not just Indian young people; the festival is a gigantic foreign tourist attraction too, what with its vibrant, folksy feel and eclectic musical performances. This year, the fest had 15% international visitors from 24 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK and USA.

 

Jaipur Literature Festival 

Footfalls have grown year on year, and this year, in 2011, over 55,000 visitors jostled nose to nose on each of the five days of the festival. Each year, more space in the Diggi Palace, the fest venue, has to be taken over to accommodate the ever-expanding activities and sessions – this year, they had 225 speakers, apart from the musical performances every evening, workshops, debates and other interactive activities. The 2011 fest had a media valuation of over 23 million USD (Rs 63,00,00,000). Home-grown celebs – many from Bollywood – visit the lit fest of their own accord, people like Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir Khan, and it’s featured a stellar line-up of both literary figures and musicians from across the world, including this year’s coup, the extremely reclusive JM Coetzee, who made a rare appearance to read from his work.

 

Jaipur Literature Festival 

Jaipur always has been one of the foreign tourist’s favourites in India, and the lit fest, as it’s known, has added to that, making Jaipur the world’s must-visit every January. Says poet, lyricist and adman Prasoon Joshi, who has been a speaker at the lit fest every year since its inception, “I’ve seen attendance grow year on year, and this year, the session that Javed Akhtar and I held had to be repeated in the lawns because the crowd was just that huge – there was a near stampede! With ‘literature’ being as alien as it is today, I didn’t expect people to come in these numbers. Contrary to what people think young people are interested in… there were hordes of them sitting on the floor at our session, listening to us talk about poetry in rapt attention. The fest has revived faith among people like me that there is still interest in literature and poetry.”

 

Jaipur Literature 

Says Sue Carpenter, the founder of the organisation Jaisalmer In Jeopardy, “I’ve certainly watched it grow from a handful of ill-attended events when it was part of the Jaipur Heritage Festival to an all-singing and dancing extravaganza now.” But what sets it apart from other literature events, which are staid affairs, nothing like the literature mela that the lit fest has become? “Undoubtedly, William Dalrymple (one of the fest directors) has given it international status and pulled in some big international names, and I think Sanjoy Roy, who puts on the whole production and music, is definitely a large part of its success – the colorful tents and banners, the feeling of festivity, is all-embracing and extremely well-organised. And of course, once a few big name writers come, they give the fest status for future writers, and the whole thing snowballs,” says Sue. Adds Prasoon, “It’s also not a reproduction of other literature festivals or events – it’s done pretty organically. People plan their holidays around the lit fest, corporate block dates en masse – the sphere of the festival is now much larger. And it’s a cultural extravaganza too, with the various kinds of indigenous music performed every night. It’s changing the perception that entertainment in India is only Bollywood. Plus, it’s also that it’s located in Jaipur, which is pretty central in the foreign tourist’s itinerary and well-connected to Delhi. There is no lack of hotels or other tourist facilities either, and there are places to visit besides the lit fest also.”

 

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And even though Jaipur was always one of India’s foremost tourist destinations, the lit fest has become an important event in the foreign tourist’s calendar. Says Jamie Larson, a foreigner who works with the company that organizes the fest, “Even people who organize such fests abroad – people from countries like Canada and Germany – come to see how this fest this done. When visitors come, they’re also experiencing India, because the fest has a vibrant cultural aspect for something that’s also international and inclusive.” “I’d hate to think Jaipur wasn’t already on the map for foreigners – genuinely, it is part of the golden triangle and on every visitor’s list, certainly from Britain, which is full of Rajasthan-lovers,” says Sue.

 

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NEW MUST-HAVE ADDITIONs TO JAIPUR ITINERARY NOT INCLUDED BY MOST

The Pink City might have made it to your bucket list on its historic and cultural laurels, but here are a few suggestions for sampling it with a twist.

Elephant polo

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Jaipur is where polo originated. The sport was once patronised by the royals, but the horse was swapped with an elephant.Jaipur is where polo originated. The sport was once patronised by the royals, but the horse was swapped with an elephant.

Nirvana Organic Farm

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When it comes to culture, music, dance, food, and traditions, Rajasthan is one of India’s richest. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself, skip the city lights for a trip back in time to Nirvana Organic Farm.

Jaipur Literature Festival

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The Jaipur Lit Fest or JLF, as it is popularly known, is the largest free literary festival in the world. Held every January at the beautiful grounds of the Diggi Palace Hotel, it transforms the city into a vibrant cultural hub

A vintage car rally

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Every year in February, the Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club in association with the Department of Tourism holds a vintage & classic car rally in Jaipur.

 

A DAY WITH ELEPHANTS

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Get to spend a day with elephants. Bathe with elephants in a river; cook for them; feed them; paint them; become friends with them.

HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

Get a breath-taking Areal view of Jaipur through a Hot Air Balloon Safari over Amber fort.

Snow Planet

Snow Planet

Feel a temperature of -15 degrees irrespective of the temperature outside. Click photographs, have fun.

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MOST POPULAR JAIPUR ITINERARY WITH EXCEPTION MIX OF EXPERIENCES

There are many Tour Itineraries for Jaipur & Nearby places. But Jaipur is one such colourful destination that if it is planned right it can bring the most exceptional mix of experiences. Alternatively, if planned wrong, then all one may end up doing is repetition of experience i.e. 1 historic building after other after another after yet another one. No, a Jaipur trip is not all about History. Here is the best itinerary for a Jaipur Trip. It will need 4 full days & Nights.

 

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Spend 2 days in Jaipur local sightseeing. 8 hours of sightseeing each day. Spend 1 evening for Sound & Light Show. Spend another evening at Chokhi Dhani. Go for a Day-Trip to Ajmer & Pushkar. Return by same day evening. Go for a Day-Trip to Ranthambhore for a Jungle Safari. Return by same day evening.

 

Chokhi Dhani

The above 4-day Jaipur itinerary gives the most exceptional balance of history through Jaipur forts & palaces + a religious touch through Ajmer & Pushkar + adventure through a Jungle Safari in Ranthambhore + a Show in Sound & Light + a sumptuous Rajasthani treat at Chokhi Dhani.

 

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The above itinerary makes for the most exceptional Jaipur trip in terms of mix of expeirnces. So don’t make your Jaipur trip all about moving around historical palaces & forts.

 

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Golden Hotel in Jaipur is decorated with the same royal color and style. Jaipur Hotel offers best services among all Budget Hotel in Jaipur. Located nearby the central Bus Stand and Railway Station, Golden Hotel in Jaipur is easily approachable at any time due to its vicinity to the city’s main transportation centers. We claim that it is one of the best cheap hotels in Jaipur that offers two star facilities at budget price. Star Jaipur Hotels, Jaipur hotels, Provide Facilities 3 Star Jaipur Hotel near Railway Station, 3 Star Jaipur Hotels near Bus Stand, 3 Star Jaipur Hotels in Bani Park, 3 Star Hotels in Jaipur near Station Road, 3 Star Jaipur Hotels near MI Road, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan knows as pinkcity