Valley of Words
Valley of Words
Launched in 2017, Valley of Words (VoW) is a free-to-attend literature and arts festival that brings together writers, critics and listeners from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in the town of Dehradun on the foothills of the Himalayas. The sessions, which immerse the audience into the worlds of literature, philosophy and contemporary India, are structured around four verticals: English Literature, Hindi Sahitya, the R. S. Tolia Forum for Himalayan Ecosystems and Governance, and Military History and Strategy. The Dalai Lama, Ian Cardozo, Leeladhar Jagudi, Ritu Menon and Rajdeep Sardesai are among the speakers who have been part of the festival.
VoW also features three exhibitions: Iti Kriti, for pan-Himalayan sustainable arts, crafts, and fashion; Iti Smriti, for ethically-sourced and up-cycled memorabilia; and Iti Lekh, the book bazaar for curated reading lists and conversations with editors and publishers. The festival, a hybrid edition of which was held in 2020, expanded to multiple cities for its fifth instalment in 2021, with events in New Delhi, Vadodra, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Dehradun. The latest edition of the festival was held in November 2022.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Dehradun
1. By Air: Several airlines run regular flights to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is located 20 km away from the city centre. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach the city.
2. By Rail: Dehradun is connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ujjain, Chennai and Varanasi by trains such as the Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun AC Express, Doon Express, Bandra Express and Amritsar-Dehradun Express among others. The Dehradun Railway Station is located 2 km away from the city centre.
3. By Road: Dehradun is well connected to most cities such as Delhi, Shimla, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra and Mussoorie by Volvo, deluxe, semi-deluxe and Uttarakhand State Transport buses. These buses arrive and depart from the Dehradun Inter State Bus Terminal near Clement Town. Buses depart from here every 15 minutes to one hour. Other bus terminals in Dehradun are the Mussoorie Bus Station, located at the Dehradun Railway Station, which has regular bus services to Mussoorie and other nearby cities. Another interstate bus terminal in Dehradun is the Delhi Bus Stand on Gandhi Road. A popular tourist destination, Dehradun has a strong road network, which makes for a pleasant driving experience. Dehradun is well connected by NH 58 and 72 to cities like Delhi (a four-hour drive) and Chandigarh (167 km, an almost three-hour drive), Haridwar and Rishikesh.
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- Wheelchair access
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Pack warm clothes to brave the incoming winter.
2. A tote bag, for all those books and brochures you may want to lug back home.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
4. Cash and cards. Most literature festivals have stalls selling books by the 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 offered on the spot.
5. COVID packs: Sanitiser, extra masks, and a copy of your vaccination certificate are objects you should keep handy.
About Valley of Words Foundation Trust
Valley of Words Foundation Trust
A registered charitable trust, the Dehradun-based Valley of Words (VoW) Foundation Trust supports creative…
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