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, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Steven Fry & Wole Soyinka, as well renowned Indian language writers.
For those who choose to purchase the Jaipur Literature Festival Delegate Pass this will give delegates exclusive access to lunches & dinners, to all evening music concerts & dinners at Hotel Clarks & access to an exclusive interactive session with a festival author. 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.
Old & New Delhi we explore this city of stark contrasts once my home for 4 years. The glorious capital of India, a chaotic tapestry made up of Old Delhi medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums & dusty bazaars, this old city has seen battles between Hindu & Muslim rulers where earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya Period c. 300 BC. New Delhi, a colonial-era city with 1920’s designed tree lined boulevards of Luytens New Delhi, blended with mega malls & modern apartments.
We board Indian Railways to take us to Jaipur for 5 nights, capital of my favourite state Rajasthan. 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.
Our 5 nights in Jaipur, you choose your days activities. Attend the Jaipur Literature Festival as often as you like over the 5 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 the 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 in New Delhi & concludes in Jaipur.
To extend this trip look at Desert to Ganges- Day 7 to Day 18.
16th January Monday
Arriving into New Delhi I will meet you. Transfer arrangements will be made for you to our guesthouse where you will have time to relax after your long flight. Overnight New Delhi 2 nights.
17th January Tuesday
We meet at 8am & make our way to breakfast at New Delhi’s famous landmark Imperial Hotel known for it’s heritage & legacy. Tour Old Delhi, see Red Fort, travel thru on a rickshaw Chandi Chalk & the bustling aromatic spice market where spices can be purchased to take back home, packaged to pass strict Australian Customs rules. Afternoon is away from the crowds, we go to Gandhi’s Remembrance Museum, later we will explore the fascinating area of Nizamuddin my home away from home base in New Delhi. Overnight New Delhi.
18th January Wednesday
This morning we take a picnic breakfast on our early morning train. We experience the infamous Indian Railway, this institution moves nearly 20 million people every day through out all India. Traveling on Indian Rail will add a fascinating new dimension to your Indian experience. There is virtually no better way to make friends with the local people & see the diverse Indian countryside. Our train journey takes us west to the state of Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur the Pink City. Why Pink City? In 1879 the city was painted terracotta pink to welcome Prince Albert & Queen Victoria. For those who have taken the Literature Festival option this afternoon will attend the Jaipur Literature Festival opening day within Diggi Palace, a chance to become familiar with the location of the Literature Festival held over 5 days. A lot to see & do in Jaipur away from the Literature Festival; catch a Bollywood film in the famous Raj Mandir cinema, see the historic side of Jaipur, visit the many Jewellery stores, you are in the Gem Stone capital of the World.
19th January Thursday
Option of early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel, time for a leisurely breakfast. For our days in Jaipur there is the option of ‘the greatest literary show on earth’ festival programme &/or seeing 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. Later onto Hawa Mahal & City Palace built in 1799 inside the old walled Pink City. We explore the imposing Palace of Winds formally known as Hawa Mahal. The many small windows decorated with intricate stone lattice allowed royal ladies observing strict “purdah” (face cover) to view everyday life in the street below without being seen. As part of the 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.
20th 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 festival programme &/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. Overnight Jaipur.
21st 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 Jaipur Literary Festival programme for some &/or 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 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 Festival there is evening fun, music & feasting giving all a chance to mix with visitors from all over India & Internationally. Overnight Jaipur.
22nd January Sunday
Early morning yoga to suit all levels in the hotel if you wish. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The final day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, still a lot to see in Jaipur, a must is wondering for a few hours thru the old walled city, amongst fresh food sellers & stores bursting with household items we cannot imagine. 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. This evening for those who have taken the option we are attending the Writers Ball, culmination of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. Overnight Jaipur.
23rd January Monday
Optional early morning yoga to suit all levels in our hotel. Breakfast on your final day, free to fill the hours before your departure.
View: Jaipur Festival 7 day tour 2017 Itinerary (PDF)
View: Jaipur LF 2017 Map (PDF)
The accommodation in New Delhi a modern private Guesthouse with a Indo Western ambience, in Jaipur a beautiful boutique family run hotel. All places I have stayed at before, always found them clean & safe with reverse cycle air conditioning.
Maximum of 8 people on tour plus myself, your companion.
The 7 nights cost of $1720 is per person in twin share accommodation. The costs would be higher for single traveller, invite someone to join you & have fun together.
Train travel is an experience no trip to India is complete without. The morning train from New Delhi to Jaipur is a daily Indian commute train. It is safe, we will be together in a close space. 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, $1720 covers:
Ros to welcome you on arrival in New Delhi at Indira Ghandi International Airport
1 Train travel 7 days transport in & around New Delhi & Jaipur 7 nights accommodation twin share with breakfast
Your have the option of purchasing a 5 day Literature Festival delegate pass including:
- Exclusive access to lunches and dinners at the festival venue.
- The Writers’ Ball Dinner 25th Jan 2015
- Access to all music concerts 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 23rd January from Jaipur hotel to your next mode of transport ie. air train etc.
- Meals other than all breakfasts. Meals can vary from $7 to $28 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 $15 per session
- Tipping is expected in India. I can assist you with ‘how much?’ when needed.
- Entry to sites – approx. 3 sites – Entry cost per person can range $4 up to $8
- Guide at sites in Jaipur max $10 per person
- Shop around for specials on return flights, approx. $1250 economy
- You must have a Visa to visit India. Apply for a 6 month Tourist Visa online http://www.vfs-in-au.com/ allow 30 days cost is approx $120. E- Visa is valid for 30 days only allow 2 weeks cost is approx $45. I can assist you with this or your travel agent.
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.
Depending on your departure times out of Jaipur you may need a hotel on 23rd January 2017, I can assist.
If you want to do more in India why not ADD ON Desert to Ganges Experience India- Day 7 to Day 18.
A deposit of $900 with the Booking Form is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is due on or before 18th November 2016. Receipts will be issued at all times. See Terms & Conditions for more detail on payments.