A trip to the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: On a student budget

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The Jaipur Literature Festival is not only Asia’s largest literary festival but also one of the most favoured destinations for college excursions, especially among students of Humanities. Apart from boasting of a fantastic entourage of scholars and writers from across the world, the festival also has in its store musical nights that see performances by artists from Coke Studio drawing huge student fan base.

Here is a list of pocket friendly essentials that will make the festival more accessible to students:

 1. Getting to Jaipur

  • Alternative One – By Bus

The Bikaner House at India Gate and the ISBT have buses at regular intervals commuting between Delhi and Jaipur. While the AC buses will charge around INR 600, the non AC bus will charge approximately INR 300-400. The most preferred journey is overnight bus travel.

  • Alternative Two – By Road

The Delhi-Jaipur National Highway 8 is a well maintained route and a very favored route among routine travelers. The journey takes about 5-6 hours.

The ‘by road’ map of Delhi – Jaipur travel, estimated time, alternative routes and toll barriers. Courtesy: Google Maps

  • Alternative Three- By Train

The easiest and cheapest mode of commutation is the double-decker train, charging INR 500. The train leaves Delhi in the evening and takes about 5-6 hours to reach, and leaves Jaipur early morning to reach Delhi by 9 usually. Apart from that, numerous long route trains to mumbai have Jaipur as their halt station.


2. Weather in Jaipur

The weather of Jaipur is largely like that of New Delhi’s. However, following is the forecast by Weather Channel for the 4 days the Literature Festival is going on.




3. Staying at Jaipur

Jaipur is a city where you can find hotel rooms ranging from INR 600-2000.

  •  Alternative One -Hotel Aditya

Slightly on the expensive side, this hotel is a well reputed and safe place to stay and offers good accommodation. An average room costs about INR 3000 for 2 persons

  • Alternative Two – Government guest houses

There are several guesthouses in Jaipur that are well within the pocket and offer comfortable stays. They are quite popular with students as they are easy on the budget and are reliable too.


To everyone visiting/planning to visit Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, all the best, enjoy, hope the essentials come handy for you!



[email protected];I think my life would be much better off if I’d make as much effort in reading books as much as I do in buying them. A bibliophile through and through, I possess a keen interest in the history of art and museums and I believe that walking with oneself is the best form of adventure. On a more random (a.k.a siddhi) note, my dream destination is the Rann of Kuttchh, because I find it oddly displaced in time, an entirely different story, and that’s how I truly want to be.

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