Every year the Jaipur Literature Festival brings in thousands of writers, speakers, and visitors to Jaipur over a 5-day event in January. The hotels in Jaipur are sold out due to the JLF rush. The previous Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) venue, Diggi Palace used to be packed with visitors. Some parts of the city witnessed chaos, especially in the vicinity of the venue. In 2022, the Jaipur Literature Festival venue shifted to Hotel Clarks Amer since the local authorities refused permission for Hotel Diggi Palace due to safety issues. This post intends to provide an easy guide for the Jaipur Literature Festival travelers visiting the pink city. Here is a picture of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 at Diggi Palace.
Hotel Clarks Amer, the venue for JLF hosts Farmers Market in Jaipur.
Jaipur Travel Guide During Jaipur Literature Festival
Visitors to Jaipur Literature Festival usually plan for a 2-3 day trip to Jaipur. Here is a concise Jaipur travel guide during your visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival. For a guide to Jaipur Lit Fest read – Tips For Attending Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Walking & Cultural Tours
Walking Tours in Jaipur
For visitors who have been to the tourist attractions of Jaipur, walking tours/cultural tours in Jaipur are a must-experience activity during JLF. Heritage walks in the old city area of Jaipur can be undertaken in the morning before the JLF begins. It allows one to assimilate the authentic culture of the city. Generally, the Jaipur heritage walking tours require 60-120 minutes depending on the route and availability of time. Check out heritage walking tours in Jaipur for walking & cycling tours.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to New Gate/Sanganeri Gate – 9 Km
Must-See Places in Jaipur
The following are must-see places in Jaipur that can be covered easily in a short time for those visiting Jaipur during Jaipur Literature Festival.
Patrika Gate is one of the most sought-after places for Instagram-worthy pictures. It ranks high on the list of both the Instagram-Worthy places in Jaipur as well as for the pre-wedding photoshoot places. The best things for those attending JLF? Patrika Gate is just 500-700 meters from JLF venue- Hotel Clarks Amer. You can visit Patrika Gate before JLF sessions start or you can squeeze in an hour between sessions. Check out this detailed guide on Patrika Gate- Patrika Gate | A snapshot of Rajasthan
Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum is one of the most gorgeous buildings of its time. It is one of the few buildings designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. It possesses unique collections one can find in Indian museums.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Albert Hall Museum – 7.5 Km
Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur at Ram Niwas Garden
One of the most prized possessions of Albert Hall is an Egyptian mummy. It is one of the 6 museums in India to have an Egyptian mummy.
Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar
Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are close to Johari Bazaar, one of the most popular shopping places in Jaipur. If you have not explored the Hawa Mahal complex, it is a good time to do so. While it takes around 20-30 minutes to complete the Hawa Mahal tour, Jantar Mantar will take around 30-40 minutes. Hiring a guide for Jantar Mantar will be a good idea. For Hawa Mahal, an audio guide will do.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Hawa Mahal – 10 Km
Night Tourism in Jaipur
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 night tourism. Check with your hotel if both venues are open for the tourists before you visit, just to be double sure.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Amer Fort – 18 Km
Jaipur Food Guide
Frequent travelers don’t want to miss some of the most popular food options in Jaipur. Here is a list of the best food places in Jaipur that you can try during your JLF visit.
Even though people associate Dal Baati Churma with Jaipur, there are many interesting things to treat yourself. Gajak is one of them. It is prepared using Til (sesame seed) and Gud (jaggery). Two excellent places to consider are Narayan Ji Gajak in Johari Bazaar and Ishwar Ji Gajak in Chaura Rasta, Jaipur. The former has a couple of outlets in Jaipur. Even though Gajak can be found in every nook and corner, the Gajak at these two outlets is distinctive.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Ishwar Ji Gajak Wale, Chaura Rasta – 9 Km
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Narayan Ji Gajak Wale, Johari Bazar – 9 Km
Lassi at Lassiwala, MI Road
For many travelers, Jaipur is synonymous with Lassiwala’s Lassi on MI Road, Near Panch Batti. The outlet is well known to run out of Lassi by evening and the owners only sell fix quantity each day. The best thing to do is to start your day with this Lassi before you head to Diggi Palace. If you are staying in a hotel or guest house on MI Road, station road, Bani Park, Lassiwala will be on your way and a stopover is mandatory. Make sure you pick the right shop as there are imposters. The shop with the signage Kishanlal Govind Narian Agarwal is the original Lassiwala shop on MI Road.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Lassiwala, MI Road -9 Km
Rawat Pyaaz Kachori
Even though it is Jodhpur that has been churning out legendary tasting Pyaaz Kachori for years, Rawat Pyaaz Kachori is synonymous with Jaipur. It is available only at Rawat Misthan Bhandar near Khasa Kothi.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Rawat Pyaaz Kachori -11 Km
Jaipur Ghevar and Fini
LMB in Johari Bazaar is a popular choice among travelers for Ghevar. There are many better options to try. Some of these are Gangaur Sweets in the C-scheme, Sodhani Sweets on Tonk Road, and Rawat Misthan Bhandar near Khasa Kothi. Another great place to try both Ghevar and Fini is Sambhar Fini Wala in Ghee Walon Ka Rasta, Johri Bazaar. Here is a Guide To Best Ghevar in Jaipur
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to LMB / Sambhar Finiwala, Johari Bazar -9 Km
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
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.
Tapri Central used to be a good break from the JLF sessions when the venue was Diggi Palace as it offers a lovely setting for Chai, snacks, and lovely views of Central Park.
Now that venue has changed to Clarks Amer, it is a good idea to visit Tapri in Hotel Marriott near Jawahar Circle, not far from Clarks Amer.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Tapri -2 Km
Curious Life Coffee Roasters
If you love coffee, Curious Life Coffee is a great place to head to. This is one of the top places for coffee lovers in Jaipur.
Distance from JFL venue- Clarks Amer to Curious Life Coffee at Sarojini Marg, C-scheme -9 Km
Shikaar Bagh and Bar Palladio
For those who like to unwind with drinks, after a long tiring day at JLF, Bar Palladio at Narain Niwas Palace and Shikaar Bagh are great choices. Both these are at Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, a heritage hotel.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Narain Niwas Palace Hotel -7 Km
Some other places to try in Jaipur are OTH, Jaipur Modern, Café Bae, and Anokhi Cafe.
If you need an open-air food court kind of setting, Masala Chowk is an excellent option. It is located close to Albert Hall Museum. Masala Chowk has kiosks of legendary food outlets from the old Jaipur city. It is an affordable food option for visitors.
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Masala Chowk – 7.5 Km
For a detailed post, read Insider’s guide to 5 Must see places in Jaipur / In a day
Shopping in Jaipur
Things to buy from Jaipur include handicrafts, block printed clothes & bedsheets, Jaipuri Rajai or quilts, Silver Jewelry, Kundan Meena, and Jadau Jewelry. Must explore traditional markets in Jaipur are Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar. You might want to check out this in-depth shopping guide on Jaipur- Jaipur Shopping Guide
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Bapu Bazar – 9 Km
Distance from JFL venue, Clarks Amer to Johari Bazar – 9 Km
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.
Rajmal Bhuramal Surana is a pioneer for the Kundan Meena and Jadau jewelry. They are in the jewelry business for hundreds of years and were jewelers to the Jaipur royalty.
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There are many other options to explore Jaipur but I have only listed the popular ones which are in proximity to the Jaipur Literature Festival venue. I’m sure this will help you explore Jaipur, in a jiffy!
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