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Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Everything You Need To Know

Do you like to read? Are you someone who could survive months in a room full of books and unlimited coffee subscription? If yes, then you’re in for a treat. Jaipur Literature Festival or JLF is an annual literary festival held in Jaipur. It aims to bring together renowned writers, literary experts, thinkers, politicians, and artists from the film industry on a single platform to share ideas and engage in a meaningful debate. Imagine what would it be like to be in a place surrounded by literary experts and get to listen to them? Not less than an honour.

History of Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival started in 2006 and has now become the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific. It had only 100 participants back in 2006. In 2019, more than 4 lakh people attended JLF, one of the renowned literary events in India. Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple are the festival directors and Teamwork Arts’ Sanjoy Roy produces it. Surina Narula is the founding sponsor and advisor of the Jaipur Literature Festival. The festival goes on for five days, where people engage in discussions and sessions on different topics. It has hosted some distinguished personalities like late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Amartya Sen, Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, and Amitabh Bachchan. It is a major attraction of Jaipur tourism attended by literature lovers from across the globe.

Where and when does Jaipur Literature Festival take place?

Every year, the Jaipur Literature Festival is organized in The Diggi Palace Hotel. The sessions are held in the Audience Hall and gardens of the Diggi Palace in the city center. This year, the festival will be held virtually from 19th – 21st February and 26th – 28th February. The speakers' list is also announced on the official website of JLF. It includes famous writers, diplomats, and speakers from various fields like Daniel Simpson, John Zubrzycki, Annie Zaidi, Bibek Debroy, Albie Sachs, and Carlo Rovelli. The list also includes Moin Mir, Moni Mohsin, Navtej Singh Sarna, Oliver Craske, Prasoon Joshi, and Ramchandra Guha. The aim of organizing the festival virtually is to create a new experience using augmented reality and offer easy participation to readers from across the globe.

Major Attractions of Jaipur Literature Festival 2021

1. Listen to the Celebrated Speakers

Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival is the best place to meet and listen to the world’s most celebrated speakers. Check out the schedule to know when your favourite author, speaker, or celebrity will be sharing their tips or secrets with the visitors. You’re going to live your dream and love it for sure.

2. Enjoy the Music

Musical at Jaipur Literature Festival

Apart from the rendezvous of literary experts, you can enjoy some soul-stirring music at the festival. Jaipur Literature Festival hosts some awesome musical performances where several local and world-famous bands showcase their talent. Whether you’re a fan of rock music, world music, or classical music, you can enjoy it all at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

3. Attend Poetry Durbar

Poetry Durbar at Jaipur Literature Festival

Poetry Darbar is an event where famous poets read excerpts from their poems. You can enjoy poetry readings of different moods and styles. Something you shouldn’t miss if you are a massive poetry fan club.

4. Explore the Festival Bazaar

Festival Bazaar at Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival also provides a platform for the country's craftsmen and artisans to showcase their best products. Being one of India's famous literary festivals, people come here from all across the globe, which gives artisans a chance to enhance their customer base. You can buy jewellery, décor items, traditional attires, and stationery items from the market as gifts for friends and family.

5. Participate in Competitions

Contests at Jaipur Literature festival

The literary fest organizes several writing competitions for budding writers. You can participate in essay competitions and blogging contests on various themes. It will be exciting and interesting to be a part of such a huge event and get your talent gauged by experts.

Apart from attending the Jaipur Literature Festival, there’s a lot more you can do in Pink City. Read on to know about the best places to visit in Jaipur.

6. Amer Fort

Amer Fort in Rajasthan

Amer Fort is an ancient royal fort spread at the top of a hill in the Aravalli range. It was initially built under Man Singh I and later developed by succeeding Kachwaha rulers. The fort's famous attractions are Sun gate, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Tripolia gate, and Jalebi Chowk.

7. City Palace

City Palace in Jaipur

City Palace is a famous attraction of Jaipur tourism. It is a complex of palaces constructed in Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. It is a great place to learn about the city’s past and explore its wonderful art and architecture.

8. Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal is a five-story monument that Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built-in 1799. It has 953 windows carved with latticework. The top of the mahal offers stunning views of the City Palace. This massive structure is made up of red and pink sandstone, and the architectural design creates an effect that lets cool air pass through the entire structure.

9. Chokhi Dhani

Chikhi Dhani Rajasthan

If you want to experience the Rajasthani culture at its best, then you must visit Chokhi Dhani. Filled with live entertainment, Chokhi Dhani is inspired by a village setting and offers a glimpse of true village life.  

10. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal in Man Sagar Lake

Situated in the Man Sagar Lake center, Jal Mahal looks beautiful with Nahargarh hills in the background. Jai Singh II renovated it in the 18th century. It looks stunning in the evening when the lights are on, and one can see the reflection of the mahal in the lake water. A sight you shouldn’t miss at all.

Nahargarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur Wax Museum, Doll Museum, and Jantar Mantar are some other famous places you must explore in Jaipur. Consult Adotrip for exclusive Jaipur tour packages at affordable prices. Check out our list of best holiday places in India and get ready to explore and make memories with your family.

--- Published By  Stella Wilson