Calling bibliophiles, bookworms, and literary giants from around the world under one umbrella, the Jaipur Literature Festival is nothing less than the “Greatest Literary Show on Earth”. Held each year in Jaipur, the JLF aims to bring together the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, literature experts, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sportsmen, as well as entertainers on one platform where they can share thoughts and ideas, learn from the experts, and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue. While it started off as a small scale event started by Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, it has now transformed into a global literary phenomenon that has hosted over 2000 speakers as well as welcomed more than a million book lovers from all over the planet.
Basic Details Of Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
Let’s find out what the mega fest has in store for us. But first, let’s see some basic details of the festival to begin with.
Venue of Jaipur Literature Festival: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Rd, C Scheme, Jaipur
Date of JLF: 23-27 Jan 2020
Timings of Jaipur Literature Festival: 6 AM – 9 PM (approx)
Entry fee of JLF: Nil
Duration of JLF: 3-4 days
Jaipur Literature Festival Map
Things To Do At Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
Here’s what all you can do at this eagerly awaited fiesta to take a plunge into the sea of knowledge and wisdom, and also have some fun while you do that!
1. Listen To The Celebrated Speakers
This is the best chance you’ll get to meet the brightest and most creative minds in the literary world. It’ll be a buffet of knowledge and you can literally grab it from any stage, stall, or room you enter at the Diggi Palace on these four days. Make sure you keep the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 schedule handy, or you’re going to miss your favorite writer or celebrity share their secrets of success with the world. With various big names in the industry speaking at different venues at the same time, it’ll be hard catching up.
The speakers of JFL 2020 haven’t been announced yet. But let us tell you some of the previous ones that attended it to get you all excited about the upcoming one: Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee; Man Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan; Sahitya Akademi winner Girish Karnad; Gulzar; Javed Akhtar; M.T. Vasudevan Nair; Amish Tripathi; Vikram Seth; Amartya Sen; Amitabh Bachchan; Irrfan Khan; Late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam; His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; Oprah Winfrey, and many more.
2. Take Part In Various Contests
In order to engage young minds and let them test their skills and creativity, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 has various contests and competitions lined up. You can take part in any of the following contests and win exciting prizes at the fest:
Essay Writing Contest
If not these, you can also be a part of the Youth Outreach program where you get to meet like-minded individuals and share ideas. Make sure you enroll in any (or all) of these contests at the time doing your Jaipur Literature Festival registration so that you can ensure yourself a spot in these competitions and don’t get left out.
3. Tune Into Some Classical Melodies
Other than books and literary celebs, you’ll also be surrounded by soul-soothing classical music at the JLF. With noteworthy performances by the big names in the music industry, you sure wouldn’t want to miss the musical evenings at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but word has it it’s going to be irresistible! Love music? Head to JLF 2020!
4. Admire The Beautiful Decor
Well, for once, the ambience of this fest is something to die for! The design team puts in their best efforts each year and brings people a riot of colors and Rajasthani heritage to gaze at and appreciate. Past few years’ event has seen designs made up of everything from colorful umbrellas, lanterns, bangles, glass bottles, drapes, to Rajasthani dolls adorning the walls and ceilings of Diggi Palace during the JLF, blowing everyone’s minds off! Who knows what awaits us this year!
5. Explore The Pink City
Well, it’s not everyday that you visit Jaipur to be a part of the Jaipur Lit Fest, is it? Why not take this opportunity to explore a little bit of this pretty city as well! From Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, to Chokhi Dhani, there’s so much to see and do in this city for first timers as well as those making a comeback. Other than these, you can go shopping at the various cultural markets, eat delicious ‘pyaaz kachoris’ at a roadside stall, watch a movie or two at the Raj Mandir, or take a camel ride near Jal Mahal. There’s no end to what you can do here to get a taste of Rajasthan’s rich culture and heritage.
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Places To Stay Near Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
Hunting good accommodation options near the venue? Here are some budget options that you can stay at for a comfortable holiday in Jaipur:
1. Hotel Savoy
Situated just 250 meters from Nehru Bazaar and 1.5 km from the popular Hawa Mahal, Hotel Savoy is a great option for those looking for an economical stay option in Jaipur. It offers affordable accommodation with spacious rooms, speedy service, and a lavish restaurant with the choicest of Rajasthani dishes for you to savor. The property is located just 3 km from Jaipur Railway Station and 15 km from Jaipur Airport making it very easy for guests to reach this place.
Location: Near Bank Of India, MI Road, Panch Batti, Sangram Colony, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Google rating: 4
Starting price: INR 967/-
2. Fortune Select Metropolitan
This lavish hotel property is located right opposite Jaipur’s Nehru Sahkar Bhawan. Meant for a rather luxurious stay in Jaipur, Fortune SelectMetropolitan will pamper you endlessly with royal facilities like a rooftop swimming pool, spa, sauna, free parking, fitness centre, coffee shop, restaurant, car rental, and a 24-hour currency exchange. The property is situated just 800 meters from the city center and 3 km from Jaipur Railway Station. The spacious rooms overlooking the gorgeous city are equipped with all modern amenities.
Location: 22 Godam Cir, Durgadas Colony, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Google rating: 4.3
Starting price: INR 3,405/-
We hope you’re not still confused about booking a holiday in Jaipur and attending the world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival 2020. It’s the best place for you to broaden your mind and make yourself wiser in the midst of thinkers, visionaries, and artists. Book your place at this ega fiesta right away and mark it on your calendars! And don’t forget to tell us about your experience once you’re back!
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