Inside Rajasthan with the Jaipur Literature Festival

To learn more about the festival, listen to this podcast with co-founder William Dalrymple.

This is your opportunity to mix with Nobel laureates, local writers, Man Booker prize winners, and debut novelists; all in all, a remarkable collection of authors who come together for five days of readings, debates, and discussions in Jaipur, the opulent capital of Rajasthan. For more than ten years, a diverse mix of authors and readers from South Asia and around the world has gathered in the “Pink City” for the Jaipur Literature Festival. In January 2020, we’ll join them to attend a choice of over 250 scheduled events.

Dal baati churma, a typical Rajasthani meal

After meeting in Jaipur, we’ll enjoy two days of events at the festival along with a visit to the storied Amber Fort. It’s then time to go deeper into the “Land of the Kings,” where we’ll combine literary discussions with cultural visits and plenty of time for relaxation. Our first stop will be the small town of Bundi, known for its elaborate stepwells, which served important religious and social functions. We’ll get an in-depth look at another style of Rajasthani architecture at the epic Chittorgarh Fort before settling in the Aravalli hills, an oasis of green in the great Thar Desert. It’s then on to the dazzling blue of Jodhpur to explore the grand fort, the colourful chaos of the city’s bazaars, and several major urban renewal projects. We end our journey on a relaxed note by visiting charming Barli, a typical Rajasthani village with a royal past.

Publishing legend Tina Brown has called the Jaipur festival “the greatest literary show on earth.” We think you’ll agree! Join us for a unique trip that combines a major literary event with the best of urban and rural Rajasthan.

For more information, see our detailed itinerary. All Travel Pursuits operate under the umbrella of our partner, Worldwide Quest (TICO Reg: #2667946). Worldwide Quest arranges the logistics for each trip to complement our literary theme. They handle all bookings/registration and are happy to book flights and help with pre- and post-trip arrangements.

Photo credit: Niranjan Gohane on Wikipedia/Creative Commons

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Destination
Jaipur, Jodhpur, and rural Rajasthan, India; optional pre- and post-trip extensions to New Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi


Dates
January 24–February 3, 2020


Readings
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha and A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur by Gayatri Devi


Leader
Melanie Blake is the director of Classical Pursuits. She has led past tours on WWI poetry, modern Mexican and Colombian literature, and The Name of the Rose in central Italy. During a three-year stint in New Delhi she relished in the diversity and energy of North India’s literary and publishing scene.


Accommodation
Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur, and havelis throughout Rajasthan

Cost
US$5,495

Cost includes guides, readings, accommodation, two meals a day, discussions, ground transportation, walking tours, talks, excursions, admissions, and taxes and gratuities.


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