Attending Jaipur Literature Festival? Your quick guide to Jaipur as you attend JLF

Every year the Jaipur Literature Festival brings in thousands of writers, speakers, visitors to Jaipur over a 5-day event in January. The hotel rooms in the city are all sold out due to the JLF rush. The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) venue, Diggi Palace is packed to the full with visitors. It’s a mad rush, everywhere! Visitors to the  Jaipur Literature Festival usually plan for a 2-3 day trip to Jaipur. Here is a little guide on how to explore Jaipur during your visit to Jaipur Literature Festival as you attend one literary session after another, at JLF.

literary session in progress at Jaipur literature festival in Diggi Palace. #JLF
Famous Diggipuri Tea at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur. Served in authentic style! #ZEEJLF

This is not a guide to JLF, per se!

  1. Eat

There are many things you can enjoy during this time of the year.

Gajak at Narayan ji Gajak in Johari Bazaar is one of the most sought-after items among the visitors, which is available only during winters.

Spread on display at Narayan ji Gajak at Johari Bazar, Jaipur

Lassi at Lassiwala on MI Road, near Panch Batti is an all time favorite too. Make sure you pick the right shop as there are look alike, in the vicinity. The corner shop is the original Lassiwala shop.

The original Lassiwala on MI Road, Jaipur

Rawat  Pyaaz Kachori too is synonymous with Jaipur and is available only at Rawat Misthan Bhandar.

Pyaaz Kachori at Rawat Misthan Bhandar, Jaipur

Try some Ghewar and Fini,too. Although LMB in Johari Bazaar is a popular choice, there are other good options too, like Gangaur Sweets  in C-scheme area.

Ghewar, a delicacy popular in Rajasthan.

If you like to experience the ethnic Rajasthani village setting, Chokhi Dhani is a  must visit, once the JLF sessions are over for the day.

For all those, who would like to have a short break in between the JLF sessions, Tapri Central is a good getaway. Located close by, it offers a beautiful setting for some great chai, snacks and lovely views of the Central Park.

Enjoy some Chai and views! Tapri Central, C-Scheme, Jaipur

If you love coffee, Curious Life Coffee is a great place to head to. For those who like to unwind with drinks, after a long day at Diggi Palace, Bar Palladio at Narain Niwas Palace is a great choice. Some other places to try in Jaipur are OTH, Jaipur Modern, F32, Café Bae and Anokhi Cafe.

For detailed post, read Insider’s guide to 5 Must see places in Jaipur / In a day

2.  Shop

Things to buy from Jaipur include handicrafts, block printed clothes & bed sheets, Jaipuri Rajai or quilts, Silver Jewelry, Kundan Meena and Jadau Jewelry. Must explore traditional markets in Jaipur are Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar.

Handmade Chhappal

The most popular shops to pick clothes are Gulab Chand Prints, Vasansi, Anokhi, Cottons and Soma. For Jaipuri Quilts, head to the Chaura Rasta market.

Blocks used during the block printing process in Jaipur.

Rajmal Bhuramal Surana is a pioneer as far as the Kundan Meena and Jadau jewelry goes. They are in the jewelry business for hundreds of years and were jewelers to the Jaipur royalty.

  1. Explore Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum is at a walking distance from JLF venue.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur at Ram Niwas Garden

Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are not far off, either. Albert Hall museum and Amber Fort are both open for night tourism, between 7 and 10 PM. It’s best to utilize your time after the JLF sessions by opting for the night tourism!

picture of amber fort most popular tourist attraction in jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur

Try a heritage walk in the walled city area of Jaipur during the early hours before the JLF begins.

Heritage Walk in the walled city area, Jaipur


For detailed post, read Insider’s guide to 5 Must see places in Jaipur / In a day

There are many other options to explore Jaipur but I have only listed the popular ones which are in a proximity to the Jaipur Literature Festival venue, Diggi Palace. I’m sure this will help you explore Jaipur, in a jiffy!

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94 thoughts on “Attending Jaipur Literature Festival? Your quick guide to Jaipur as you attend JLF

      1. Cheryl, you swapped Rajasthan for JLF? let me tell you…you got a better deal. Though both these are not comparable by any standards..but certainly Rajasthan offers much more.
        I agree crowded places are not really fun but there’s no option unless they do away with free entry part where everyone walks in! But then the moment they do away with free entry the walk-ins will drop and so will advertisers…tough choice for JLF organizers! Many lit enthusiasts stay away because of the “Mela” factor!

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    1. This museum is called Albert Hall. Bird lovers visit this place regularly to feed pigeons!
      You loved the food pictures? Looks like food is very popular!! 🙂


    1. It’s great to know Mandeep. Yes, Rajasthan Patrika is still around, but they don’t print English edition anymore. May be it was ahead of it’s time. Yes, the city has changed drastically. I guess you visited some 12-15 years ago?

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    1. Millie, these places to eat are not at the festival venue but spread across the city. There are many visitors who visit jaipur for the first time, so this is like a mini guide for them to explore best places in the city. 🙂


      1. Yes, I read in your post that the places to eat were in the city, Arv. I was just remarking on the variety available. Sorry if it sounded confusing. I wouldn’t expect restaurants and cafes inside such a site.

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  1. Every year a bunch of my friends go for JLF. Somehow I have never made it , I feel with all the hype I will be disappointed with the actual event. Done a few things from the list you mentioned. On my next visit will try to catch up on the rest.

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