2018 Jaipur Literature Festival Experience 7 Days
The world’s largest free festival of its kind, Jaipur Literature Festival has been described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’. Celebrating writers from across the world, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded & loved names ranging from Nobel Laureates & Man Booker Prize winners to star debuts including Amish Tripathi, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, JM Coetzee, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Vikram Seth, Steven Fry & Wole Soyinka, 2017 Margret Atwood as well renowned Indian language writers.
For those who choose to purchase the Jaipur Literature Festival Delegate Pass this will give delegates exclusive entry to lunches & drinks at Diggi Palace, access to an exclusive interactive session with a festival author & to all evening music concerts, dinners including drinks at Hotel Clarks. The Festival programme open to the paying public each evening at Clarks Hotel is fun, music & feasting giving you a chance to mix with visitors from all over India & Internationally, on the final evening of the ‘the greatest Literature Show on earth’ – Tina Brown- you attend the Writers Ball Dinner.
You arrive into Jaipur for 7 nights, capital of my favourite state Rajasthan. In my view Rajasthan is 'the most exotic state of North India', full of history & vibrant with colour everywhere you turn reflecting it's golden past, Amber Palace Fort & Hawa Mahal City Palace, mesmerising lakes, colourful bazaars amongst enchanting temples are all in the jewel of royal Rajasthan State, Jaipur also known as Pink City.
Your 7 nights in Jaipur, you choose your days activities. Attend the Jaipur Literature Festival as often as you like over the 6 day Festival. Blend the Festival with Jaipur’s historical sites, Bollywood cinema, a day out into the country to visit a village school, getting lost in Jaipur chaos inside the old walled city amongst fresh food sellers, home wares & precious jewels… unbelievable! We take an elephant ride up the huge ramparts thru gates into Amber Fort. Visit an elephant care village that promotes the well being of these giant creatures. Our beautiful boutique hotel has Ayuverda treatments available, why not have a day 'in house', total relaxation.
This 7 day trip begins & concludes in Jaipur.
To extend this trip look at Desert to Ganges Experience 18 Days. Commencing New Delhi 18th January finishing New Delhi 5th February.
23rd January Tuesday
Arriving into Jaipur you will be meet by a colleague of mine, transfer onto your boutique hotel where you will have time to relax after your days travel/flight.
Overnight Jaipur 7 nights.
24th January Wednesday
Relaxed breakfast in the pretty garden of our small boutique hotel. Your first day in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital the Pink City. Why Pink City? In 1879 the city was painted terracotta pink to welcome Prince Albert & Queen Victoria. Mid morning we attend the Jaipur Literature Festival – JLF – opening day within Diggi Palace, a chance to become familiar with the location of the Literature Festival held over 6 days. A lot to see & do in Jaipur away from the Jaipur Literature Festival, catch a Bollywood film in the famous Raj Mandir cinema, see the historic side of Jaipur, visit the many Jewelery stores, you are in the Gem Stone capital of the World. Lunch & dinner your expense. Overnight Jaipur.
25th January Thursday
Option of early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel, time for a leisurely breakfast. For our days in Jaipur taking in 'the greatest literary show on earth' festival programme we can blend that with many other attractions in this vibrant city. Get 'hands on' block printing in a local textile print shop. The small town of Bagru outside Jaipur is the place to experience the skill of hand worked textiles in block printing, vegetable dying & the dabu print technique. We can try our own skills block printing a cotton muslin scarf for ourselves. As part of the Jaipur Literature Festival each evening there is fun, music & feasting around Jaipur giving us all a chance to mix with visitors from all over India & Internationally. Lunch & dinner your expense. Overnight Jaipur.
26th January Friday
Early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel is an option. Time for a leisurely breakfast. Our days in Jaipur have options, the very full JLF program &/or we can escape Jaipur & drive west to visit the small village of Sawarda where I have connections with a local school. Visiting this rural school gives us a chance to interact with very keen English speaking young students, the future of India can be seen in the faces & smiles of these enthusiastic children. If you have any second hand children's English reading books please bring them along for their English book collection. As part of the Literature Festival there is evening fun, music & feasting open to all. Lunch & dinner your expense. Overnight Jaipur.
27th January Saturday
Option of early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel. Time for a leisurely breakfast. For this day there is the option of the JLF program &/or see the historic side of Jaipur, take a morning elephant ride up the huge ramparts thru gates along cobbled paths into Amber Fort an opulent palace fort. As part of the Festival there is evening fun, music & feasting giving all a chance to mix with visitors from all over India & Internationally. Lunch & dinner your expense.
28th January Sunday
Early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel if you wish. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Today the Jaipur Literature Festival &/or see the historic side of Jaipur, take a morning elephant ride up the huge ramparts thru gates along cobbled paths into majestic Amber Fort an opulent palace fort. Every evening of the Jaipur Literature Festival there is fun, music & feasting open to all. Lunch & dinner your expense.
29th January Monday
Optional early morning yoga to suit all levels in our hotel. Early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel if you wish, time for a leisurely breakfast. The final day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, still a lot to see in Jaipur, last minute shopping, we can catch a Bollywood film in the famous Raj Mandir cinema, spend part of the day in a cooking class followed by feasting &/or perhaps a visit to the elephant farm in an elephant care village that promotes the well being of these giant creatures, no performances just elephants being elephants. For those who have taken the option we attend the Writers Ball, culmination of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2018. Lunch & dinner your expense. Overnight Jaipur.
30th January Tuesday
Optional early morning yoga to suit all levels in our hotel. Breakfast on your final day, free to fill the hours before your departure.
The 8 nights cost of $2644 is per person in twin share accommodation. The costs would be higher for single traveler, invite someone to join you & have fun together.
Our transport in & around Jaipur is with a company who I use regularly.
During January weather is cold with clear sunny days followed by very cold evenings & mornings.
Your 6 day tour + 1 -arrival day- = 7 days cost is, $2644 covers:
My colleague to welcome you on arrival in Jaipur
7 days transport in & around Jaipur
7 nights accommodation twin share with breakfast
Your have the option of purchasing a 6 day Literature Festival delegate pass including:
- Exclusive access to lunches and dinners with drinks included at the festival venue.
- The Writers’ Ball Dinner 29th January
- Access to all music concerts, dinner & drinks included at Hotel Clarks
- A delegate bag with goodies
- Access to an exclusive interactive session with a festival author
Extras costs for you
- Transport cost on your departure day 30th January from Jaipur hotel to your next mode of transport ie. air train etc.
- Meals other than all breakfasts. Meals can vary from $10 to $30 ex alcohol
- Other than the delicious Indian Kingfisher Beer, alcohol is expensive
- If you wish to do morning yoga, to suit all levels, that is an extra cost of no more than $20 per session
- Tipping is expected in India. I can assist you with 'how much?' when needed
- Entry to sites – approx. 2 sites - Entry cost per person can range $4 up to $12
- Guide at sites in Jaipur max $10 per person
- Shop around for specials on International return flights, approx. $1250 economy
- You must have a Visa to visit India. There are 3 options to go about this 1.Apply for 60 day On Line Tourist e-Visa, process done all on line, no posting away, https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . Approx $65. 2. Apply for a 6 month tourist Visa on http://www.vfs-in-au.com , this requires you to post away your passport to Canberra or your selected Australian capital city & allow 20 days for the process cost approx $110. 3. Through your local Travel Agent. I can give direction with all these applications.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this trip. I require you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. Your policy also is to cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment & loss of luggage & personal effects. See Terms & Conditions for more detail on compulsory Insurance.