Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival
India’s largest and, arguably, most popular literature festival, this ten-day extravaganza in the picturesque Pink City of Jaipur has hosted more than 5,000 diverse speakers since its launch in 2008. To “serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access” is Jaipur Literature Festival’s core value.
The speakers have ranged from Nobel laureates to Man Booker Prize and Sahitya Akademi winners such as Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Joseph Stiglitz, Malala Yousafzai, Margaret Atwood, Muhammad Yunus, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Orhan Pamuk and Paul Beatty. In 2020, Jaipur Literature Festival evolved into virtual avatars such as Brave New World and Words and Bridges. The 2022 edition, which took place in a hybrid format in March, hosted such marquee names as Abdulrazak Gurnah, Abhijit Banerjee, Giorgio Parisi and Huma Abedin, among several others.
The first list of speakers for the upcoming 2023 instalment comprises Abdulrazak Gurnah, Anamika, Anthony Sattin, Ashok Ferrey, Ashwin Sanghi, Avinuo Kire, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Daisy Rockwell, Deepti Naval, Howard Jacobson, Jerry Pinto, Katie Kitamura, Manil Suri, Martin Puchner, Merve Emre, NoViolet Bulawayo, Rana Safvi, Ruth Ozeki, Sathnam Sanghera, Shehan Karunatilaka, Tanuj Solanki, Vauhini Vara, Vincent Brown and Vir Sanghvi.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Jaipur
1. By Air: Air travel to Jaipur is the most convenient way to reach the city. The Jaipur airport is located at Sanganer, which is 12 km from the heart of the city. It has both international and domestic terminals and is well connected to most of the cities across the globe, with a number of airlines operating on a regular basis. Popular carriers like Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo and Oman Air have daily flights to Jaipur. Flights to international cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah and Dubai are also connected from this airport.
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2. By Rail: You can travel to Jaipur by trains such as Shatabdi Express, which is air-conditioned, very comfortable and connects Jaipur to many important Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jammu, Jaisalmer, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Haridwar, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Goa. Some of the popular trains are the Ajmer Shatabdi, Pune Jaipur Express, Jaipur Express and Adi S. J. Rajdhani. Also, with the advent of the Palace on Wheels, a luxury train, you can now enjoy the royal splendour of Jaipur even when you are on the move.
3. By Road: Taking a bus to Jaipur is a pocket-friendly and convenient option. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs regular Volvo (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) and deluxe buses between Jaipur and other cities within the state. When in Jaipur, you can board the bus from Narayan Singh Circle or the Sindhi Camp bus stand. There is a regular service of buses from New Delhi, Kota, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Vadodara and Ajmer.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
- Live streaming
- Parking facilities
- Virtual festival
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The weather in Jaipur is sweltering and humid in March. Pack denim, cotton and linen clothes.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and allows bottles to be taken into the venue.
3. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
4. A tote bag for all those books and brochures you may want to lug back home.
5. Cash and cards. Most literature festivals have bookstalls with books of invited authors. It’s always a good idea to carry both cash and cards in case technology fails us or if you want to avail of cash discounts that bookstalls give on the spot.
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