If you have been thinking for years of attending the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, then now is the time to make the most of your long weekend. Tis the tourist season in Jaipur and foggy mornings and sunny days shall welcome you to the the largest free literary festival in the world. It is a five day festival and happens in January, every year with much pomp and fare, inaugurated by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje.
The schedule is choc-a-bloc with various sessions being simultaneously held in the myriad halls. I list them : Char Bagh, Front Lawns, Mughal Tent, Baithak, Durbar Hall and Samvad. Making your way around might prove to be a hassle in the crowd, for that I will attach a rough map right at the end.
Around a quarter of a million people are expected to attend and listen to approximately 380-400 speakers.
Some Helpful Tips for people attending JLF 2017
Parking : Parking at Diggi Palace (Venue of the JLF in C Scheme) is quite an issue, in spite of volunteers and the staff trying their best to make it a smooth affair. You simply cannot accommodate a thousand cars in a space meant for two hundred. A good idea is to ditch your own car and simply arrive here in a cab. Ola and Uber work fine in Jaipur.
Must attend sessions : Identify in advance what session(s) you want to attend and make sure you get a seat at least twenty minutes in advance. Be clear in your choices or risk the chance of not getting to listen to your favourite speaker.
Registration : Online registration is the easiest and simplest. You just have to collect your badge from Tent No. 1 if you have already registered online. If you haven’t, then a 200 charge will get you a pass on the spot. Tent No. 2. For delegates and other people Tent No. 3 shall do the needful. The volunteers are well informed and very helpful; I was pleased to interact with them. They shall be happy to clear your doubts and present any help when required.
Evening parties : Although there are many parties to attend and afterparties too; they are all mostly by invitation. There’s a musical evening every day at Clark’s Amer, after the sessions are over. The Rambagh Palace is a venue for most private parties but you need to get an invite to attend them!
Fashion : It is time to bring out your burberry trench coats and trendy woollens not only to blend with the fashionable crowds but also to keep the cold at bay. The weather is pretty chilly in Jaipur at the time of the JLF. Oh, and bearded men are swooned upon (I can’t ignore the ladies).
Toilets & conveniences : Although there is a toilet near the café, it was full even with the limited crowd in the morning. I found another one which is kind of hidden near the Front Lawns and is cleaner and better. (Shhh)
Cafés & Restaurants : You are spoilt for choice with this one and tea lovers can rejoice with a glass of Kulhad Chai at Diggi Chat near the Front Lawns. Find your quaint corner to sit down and nibble between sessions, there are many food options around the lawns between the session halls.
I had a lovely day at the JLF today and shall be around for all the five days. It is truly a haven for book lovers in a charming city.
Say hello if you are in Jaipur 🙂
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