The Jaipur literature festival is looked upon as the Kumbh Mela of international and Indian writers. Entering in the sixth year, JLF is undoubtedly the largest Asia-pacific literary fest held in the heritage city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. It is a platform for talks, debates, readings, and interactive sessions held in the lush green lawns of Diggi palace. With 50,000, visitors, last year JLF defiantly promises to boost the tourism industry in India.
Duration of the fest
The JLF is a five day event taking place from 24th to 28th January. The grand ambience of Diggi palace, which is a ten minutes walk from the old city, is a magnificent hub for all the bookworms, film makers, music lovers, theatre artists, painters, and also for people who are travel freaks!
This article is for all the travel freaks that not only flock the fest but also love travel to various hot spots around the city. Here is my travel guide to Jaipur (for those who love sightseeing more than literature)!
Here is a list of top 10 hot spots in Jaipur
Jaipur, affectionately known as pink city is because of its pink walled city. Jaipur is a magnificent place for tourist attraction. It has ancient forts and palaces with royal architecture and heritage. And he list goes on…!
Nestled in the heart of the old city, “The City Palace” is a blend of Mughal as well as Rajput architecture. It encompasses Chandra mahal in the centre, then the Diwan-E-Am and the Diwane –E-khas and the splendid art gallery which encompasses antique Indian weapons and royal costumes.
Opening hours: 9.30 am – 5 pm
The fascinating building of the palace of the wind is probably one of the most intricate buildings. Hawa mahal encompasses five floors that have small windows and columns. The vast Mahal was built for the royal ladies so that they could catch a glimpse of the market and the busy streets of the city.
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily.
While heading towards Amer, there is a small palace nestled in between the Man Sagar Lake. A small boat ride takes you to the nearby the water palace. Across the lake you can catch a sight of Aravali hills, ancient temples and forts.
Opening hours: 9am to 5.30 pm
The drive to the fort gives a breath taking experience! The ups and downs of the roads give you a fairy tale ride. Situated on the mount top was once the royal home of the Rajputs. It includes a number of halls, temples and magnificent gardens. You can reach the palace by going in a jeep or an elephant ride.
Opening hours: 9am to 4.30 pm
Also, popularly known as the tiger fort is sheltered between the Aravali hills. It gained much fame after the famous movie Rang De Basanti was shot there. Nahargarh, offers also offers the best sun set view. And if you tired you can relax with some chilled beer in its cafe premises.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5.30 pm.
The marvelous Jaigarh fort was built in 1726 and is a superb attraction for all the military lovers. Midst of the towering gateways, it encompasses the words largest canon. The Jaigarh fort does not have delicate interiors like the amber fort, but it has one of the best preserved arms and weapons.
Opening time: 9am to 4.30 pm
This is an antique and preserved museum which was modelled on the Albert and Victoria in London. It has a vast collection of portraits of the royal men, paintings, art and crafts and costumes. Unfortunately, you cannot carry cameras along with you!
Opening hours: 9.30am to 4.30 pm
And if you are a shopaholic, you have landed to the best place. Trust me! Right from bangles, mojris, saris, blue potteries, silver jewellery and precious stones… Jaipur has them all! You can go shopping on the streets of Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, M.I road and Kishan pole and stuff your bags as much as you can!
Any tourists who visit Jaipur must visit the famous cinema hall Rajmandir. Many of them may not know what it is? A Mandir or something else! Once you see it, only then you realise the beauty of its architecture and enchanting interiors. The entire hall is covered with a red carpet which gives you a majestic feeling while watching the film!
Opening hours: acc to movie shows
Capturing a glimpse of Rajasthani culture in the ravishing ambience of Choki Dhani is a unique experience. Away from the urban city, life here is quite peaceful and quiet. This village restaurant is a perfect blend of modern amenities and rich blend of rural traditions. And if you relish the rich delicacies of Rajasthani cuisine, get ready to be dunked in dollops of ghee and gur.
Opening hours: 12pm to 12am
So, this January plan a trip to the majestic city Jaipur, where you listen to literature sessions along with some sightseeing around the city!