Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: A Guide To Having The Best Of Literature And Jaipur In Three Days


The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is an event that remains very dear to my heart. It is one of those few places where unbridled intellectual conversations flow guiltlessly and where the gap between artists, creators, writers, poets and the audience is momentarily diluted.

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2021 starts on Thursday, 28 January and lasts for five days till Feb 1.

But one doesn't need to take out a whole five days to get a taste of what the Jaipur Literature Festival is like. So, out my experience of several years, I have prepared a three-day itinerary for you. This itinerary has a personal selection of programmes to attend (totally personal choice, so you can attend anything you like) and other things you can do in some free time.

Jaipur is not a very vast city, so each place can be reached in under 30 minutes. The best way to commute in Jaipur is by using Uber. It is cheap, fast and saves you from haggling with autowallahas. All the places mentioned are in close distance to Diggi Palace, the venue, so you won't be missing out on too many programmes.

Jaipur Literature Festival Day: 1


You will have some time left after lunch, so head to Central Park nearby and witness the gracious local life of Jaipur. You can even meander around C Scheme, which can be called the Hauz Khas Village of Jaipur, and check out some other cafes.


The iconic Indian Coffee House (1km from Diggi Palace, directions here) is great for a hearty lunch of Onion Uttapam and Filter Coffee.

(c) Jason Rufus

Photo of Indian Coffee House, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

After the 3.30pm session, hit the road to see some iconic spots in Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar (3km from Diggi Palace, directions here). As they are all situated in close proximity to each other, you can easily walk to one after the other. Near here is the famous market of Choti Chaupar, which you should definitely check out.

(c) Travis Wise

Photo of City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

Due to the massive popularity of the ancient LMB hotel (2.5km from Diggi Palace, directions here), people tend to find it overrated. But a good experience at LMB is something that lasts a lifetime, so do visit this almost 300-year-old sweet shop.

Photo of Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

From 1:30pm till 5:15pm, you will have enough time to visit the grand Amber Fort via Nahargarh Fort (directions here). Nahargarh Fort even has a cafe on its terrace; have a couple of drinks here as you enjoy the panoramic view of Jaipur city and then move forward for a quick visit of the Amber Fort.

(c) Daniel Mennerich

Photo of Amber Fort, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

The morning session begins at 11.15 am and lasts till 1.30pm.


Head to Tapri Central, C Scheme (3.5km from Diggi Palace, directions here) and have their famous Rajma Pakwan with Masala Tea for lunch.

(c) Tapri Central

Photo of Tapri - The Tea House, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

Head to Falahaar on Tonk Road (7km from Diggi Palace, directions here) and enjoy the famous Kota Kachori for breakfast.

Photo of Falahaar, Tonk Phatak, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma

The evening session starts at 4.15pm and ends by 6.30pm. After this, head to the evening music event at JLF, which starts past 7:30pm at Hotel Clarks Amer. There is a buffet (charges extra) available on the concert grounds, but if you are still starving by the end of the concert, head to the main city where fast food joints remain open till 11pm.

Jaipur Literature Festival - Day 2


You can either wake up early and visit the small snack shops around Diggi Palace or have breakfast at the hotel and head straight for the venue. There are several eating options inside the Jaipur Literature Festival venue, so you will definitely not be left starving.


The morning session today begins at 10am and lasts till 1.30pm.


The afternoon session begins at 2pm and ends at 4.30pm.


11.15am to 1.30 pm is the morning session which will have two different speakers.


The evening session starts from 4.30pm and ends at 6.30pm.

Today you can skip the concert entirely, and head out in the city to stuff yourself with some delicious authentic Rajasthani cuisine.


Peacock Rooftop Restaurant (3km from Diggi Palace, directions here) not only offers a terrific view from the terrace, but is also tactfully lit up with beautiful scented candles that makes tourists go gaga about the place. Definitely try the Laal Maas here.

(c) Peacock Rooftop Restaurant

Photo of Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Sreshti Verma




After this, head directly to the evening music event at JLF, which starts after 7:30pm at Hotel Clarks Amer. There is a buffet (charges extra) available on the concert grounds, but if you don't want to spend extra then carry some light snacks or have an early dinner in the main city before heading for the venue.

Jaipur Literature Festival Day 3




Even if you don't follow the itinerary strictly, make sure to have a great time at Jaipur and Jaipur Literature Festival, both with plenty of experience and information to offer. When you are back, share how you went around Jaipur and your itinerary.

If you have a better and faster way of experiencing Jaipur, share your experience with us.

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