Your Guide To Survive Jaipur Literature Festival/ Tips And Tricks

Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free literary festival. Even though there are many literary festivals taking place in India, JLF has carved a niche for itself. It is considered as the most leading literary event in India. JLF now has Australia and UK editions too. Here is a quick guide to Jaipur Literature Festival, the popular once a year event. With increasing number of visitors every year, it is not merely a literary event, JLF has become more of a lifestyle event. Many people now term it Jaipur Lifestyle Festival instead of Jaipur Literature Festival. Here is your survival guide for Jaipur Literature Festival

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Picture of 2018 Jaipur Literature Festival at Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Stay and accommodation in Jaipur

Hotel rooms fill up fast around this event so book in advance. It makes sense to stay in central locations as you save considerable time in commuting. Accommodations & hotels in and around  C-scheme, MI Road, Raja Park are best picks as they are not far from the venue.

jaipur literature festival at diggi palace in jaipur


What to Wear?

Weather in Jaipur is expected to be in range of 10-30 C. Expect pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine during the day. Light woolens is all that you need unless you intend to attend one of the JLF musical nights. Do note that JLF has gained a reputation for being a glamorous event so the key is to dress smart and comfortable.

Dress smart for Jaipur Literature Festival


 Jaipur Literature Festival Timing

JLF starts at 9.15 AM with morning music program. However sessions are timed between 10.00 AM to 6.15 PM

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Jaipur Literature Festival is a free & registered event, book online in advance to save time. If you end up without prior booking at Jaipur Literature Festival expect to pay for the admission. Charges for attending 5 day event is Rs 250 PP.  Musical evenings or cultural programs are not free, buy tickets well in advance as they are very popular and get sold out fast.

jaipur literature festival rush people
Crowd near the registration counter at JLF
crowd at jaipur literature festival hotel diggi palace
JLF draws large number of visitors

Travel to JLF venue

Roads are often closed for traffic near Jaipur Literature Festival venue. It is best to hire a cab & get off 100-200 meter prior to the venue and walk instead of getting stuck in traffic jams. Please note that due to ongoing construction work near the venue there will be a pronounced traffic snarl on the road leading to the venue. For those planning to drive down, parking facility is available at Gokhale hostel just across the road. A word of caution here; despite dedicated personnel to supervise parking some areas are not adequately monitored and it is likely you may get struck in a jam during the peak hours and weekends.

Walk to the JLF venue

Things to carry

With hot sunny days carrying water will be a good idea. There is no restriction in carrying bag to the venue. Ensure your comfort by sticking with the bare minimum. A diary, pen, power bank, camera, are few popular things that visitors usually carry to the venue. Grab your copy of JLF program schedule from visitor information desk.

Grab your copy of Jaipur Literature Festival program schedule



Carry only relevant things but do ensure that you have a copy of JLF program guide

Sessions at JLF

Rather than attending sessions which doesn’t interest you, plan ahead and attend only sessions which interests you.  Sessions with celebrity speakers and popular writers tend to attract a huge crowd. If you wish to find a seat for yourself, ensure you grab one during the previous session. Yes, you will need to sit through the prior session, otherwise finding a seat is difficult. Some popular speakers like Shashi tharoor, Ashwin sanghi, Prasoon Joshi draw a large gathering. JLF sessions start and end on time.

William Dalrymple is one of very popular travel writer and speaker who draw huge crowd.
This is last year’s JLF layout guide. 2018 guide has not been released yet

Please note that there’s a change in this year’s layout. JLF venue Samvad has been moved out of Hotel Diggi Palace. To reach Samvad, you will have to come back to the main road and reach the lawn behind Suchna Kendra. It is inconvenient when you have to attend back to back sessions.

New venue for Samvad is just behind the Suchna Kendra on Tonk Road. Jaipur Literature Festival


Expect huge crowd on weekends when number of visitors surge especially the ones from Delhi and locals. Everyone wants to register their presence at JLF. I generally avoid visiting on weekends because of mad rush.

Packed session at Front Lawn with Shashi Tharoor as a speaker
Plenty of food choices at JLF venue

Food at JLF venue

There are many food stalls at Jaipur Literature Festival from Jaipur as well as Delhi but they largely offer international and continental food choices but do note that all that comes at a steep price. There is no alternative option so you will have to depend on JLF food stalls. Diggipuri Chai served in Kulhhad is immensely popular among the visitors. It’s essentially a Masala tea. You can grab your kulhhad at the front lawn. Food stalls accept payment through prepaid cards only, which can be procured inside the venue. You can get the cards loaded with required amount, any unused amount will be refunded. A security deposit of Rs 100 against the card will also be refunded on surrendering it.



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Adding something different- Charlie Chaplin at one the restaurants inside ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.


Since JLF is not purely a literary event, you will find plenty of stalls selling their wares at the venue. Clothes, art pieces, handicraft items are the most popular things to buy during this festival. Before I forget, there is a large book shop too.

JLF Bazaar with variety of handmade things to buy


Getting back to Hotel

Do note you might have problem in fetching taxis once the sessions are over as there is a huge demand for the taxis especially during the weekend.Uber is offering 50% discount for trips to JLF venue with riders of course.


You will find Ola cab booth outside Hotel Diggi Palace, in case you need assistance with booking a cab.


Surge price is a common situation one encounters with both Uber and Ola apps. You may find yourself in a “No Taxi” situation too. It is safer to leave little early or pre-book your taxi. Alternatively, you can ask your hotel to arrange your pick up. Other options include finding an auto-rickshaw or e-rickshaw to take you back to the hotel.

Also read related write-up:  Attending Jaipur Literature Festival? Your Quick Guide To Explore Jaipur As You Attend JLF

Hope this quick travel guide will help you have a good experience at Jaipur Literature Festival.

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89 thoughts on “Your Guide To Survive Jaipur Literature Festival/ Tips And Tricks

      1. Happy to hear that you are living near one of the most popular cities in the world!
        There’s a JLF London edition too. I don’t have details, may be you can find that on JLF website. 🙂


      2. This looks amazing! I have never been to a literature festival before. At least not the ones like this. Two reasons to head over to Jaipur now. I love the place as is. So much history and the historic forts and palaces leaves me weak in my knees. Will catch this maybe next time

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  1. These pictures make me wish that I could attend it even if its only once in my lifetime. It all looks enticing and colourful, and what I appreciate is that you mentioned JLF sessions start and end on time! Fabulous! My Chacha and Chachi were able to attend it this year. Let’s hope next year I can do it too. Thanks for the info, as always a very elaborate and well-planned post.

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    1. You uncle and aunt could attend JLF? That’s great! I’m sure you would have heard about their experience. Well, now you can also watch these sessions live from your city.
      I’m happy that you found this post useful, Pradita 🙂


    1. JLF is a pioneer of the lit fest culture in India and is immensely popular. Now you can watch JLF sessions in Kolkata through live streaming. I’m not sure if you are aware of this facility?

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    1. Thank for conferring the title. 🙂
      I’m not sure why you feel that this is the best blog on Jaipur? Is there something different on this blog? narrative style?…Would love to hear on this.

      Happy to hear that you too are a Jaipurite. I tried looking up on your blog but couldn’t find about me page, So would love to know your name. Do you reside in Jaipur? Thanks for the visit 🙂


      1. Yes. I reside in jaipur. My name is Akriti. Would add a about me page soon on my blog. I was abit lazy to do that till date. And i don’t know why but I just felt it’s pretty good. The way you click the pictures and try to describe the places. We feel like physically being present at that place. Just kudos. Keep uploading more stuff. 😊


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