Kick off 2017 with a fresh reading list from the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. The five-day event, set in the Diggi Palace heritage hotel, brings together renowned writers and booklovers from around the world for talks, debates, and discussions on matters ranging from gender and identity to poetry and politics. This year—the festival’s 10th anniversary— is from Thur Jan 19 to Mon Jan 23, 2017.
Spend your days plotting which talks to attend, and queuing up to get your book signed. The complete list of speakers is yet to be announced but the line-up includes novelists Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Vikram Chandra (Sacred Games). When the day’s schedule comes to a close, get drinks at one of Jaipur’s many restaurants, followed by a dinner of laal maas and rotis. (Pro tip: Carry an extra bag. for all the books you’re going to have to cart back home.)
Literature festivals can be overwhelming for the uninitiated but fret not, we’ve got a tongue-in-cheek survival guide to save the day. When you do make it to the Pink City, don’t forget to look up our Jaipur guide, and consider making the most of your visit to Rajasthan by slotting in time for a quick getaway elsewhere in the state. The weather is pitch-perfect in January.
Entry is free to the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, but registration is mandatory. Festival delegate passes let you hobnob with literary heavyweights at exclusive events, for a fee of ₹5,000 per day. Register here.
Fabiola Monteiro was formerly a member of National Geographic Traveller India's digital team. Since then, her words have featured in The Hindu, Mint Lounge, Roads & Kingdoms, The Goya Journal, and Condé Nast Traveller India. She tweets as @thefabmonteiro and is on Instagram @fabiolamonteiro.