Attending Jaipur Literature Fest? A Quick Jaipur Travel Guide

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. Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) venue, Diggi Palace is packed to the full with visitors. It’s a mad rush, everywhere! Visitors to Jaipur Literature Festival usually plan for a 2-3 day trip to Jaipur. Here is a concise Jaipur travel guide on exploring Jaipur city during your visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival.

View of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Diggi Palace 2016

Here is a venue layout of Jaipur Literature Festival at Hotel Diggi Palace.



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 Jaipur Literature Festival, per se!

  1. What & Where to Eat in Jaipur

There are many interesting foodstuffs that you can treat yourself during this time of the year.

Jaipur 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

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.

Here is a Guide To Best Ghevar in Jaipur

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 Central Park.

Read: Why Tea Cafe’s are becoming popular in Jaipur?

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 JLF, Bar Palladio at Narain Niwas Palace and Shikaar Bagh are great choices. Some other places to try in Jaipur are OTH, Jaipur Modern, F32, Café Bae and Anokhi Cafe.


If you need quick eat place near JLF venue, Masala Chowk is a great option. It is located close to Albert Hall Museum and a few minutes walk. Masala Chowk has kiosks of many famous food vendors from the old Jaipur city.

Masala Chowk

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

2.  Shopping in Jaipur

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
Gateway to shopping paradise. Johari Bazaar entry gate
picture of johari bazaar jaipur
Ever buzzing Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

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/ Places to visit in Jaipur near JLF venue

Albert Hall Museum is at a walking distance from Jaipur Literature Festival venue – Hotel Diggi Palace

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 Jaipur Walking tour or heritage walk in the old 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

How To Explore Jaipur In Two Days

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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