Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 with Kolkata and Delhi

Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 with Kolkata and Delhi.

This tour offers some of India's most memorable experiences - the great city of Kolkata, the rich history and arts of the capital, Delhi plus the famed pink city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, which hosts the world renowned Jaipur Literature Festival.

Kolkata, once a small village that grew to be the capital of the British Raj in India, has been the seat of literature and art in India for centuries and has given us a number of wonderful Bengali authors such as the renowned Sri Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit, Sukumar Ray and Amitava Ghosh. In addition Bengal also has been at the heart of Indian art – notably the famed 'Bengal School' of art that boasts Ram Kinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, Binod Behari Mukherjee and Abanindranath Tagore. We will walk its streets, taste its unique cuisine and meet some loclas who are part of the city's thriving art and literature scene.

After Kolkata we fly to  Delhi – the historic Muslim and later British capital of India. We visit historic sites and art galleries that are custodians of the written, oral and artistic heritage of India, enjoy a fascinating privately-curated walk in the old city with a local historian, explore the culinary delights of the city and, of course, shop in the well-known boutiques and street markets of Delhi.

It is then on to Jaipur, with its centuries-old bazaars and vibrant streets and alleys full of merchants, arty
entrepreneurs and purveyors of fine textiles. We visit the magnificent Amer Fort, visit local block-printing artisans
and generally soak up all that this fabulous city has to offer. Of course, the focus and highlight of the tour is the Jaipur Literature Festival - five days of talks, music, book signings and introductions to writers world-renowned and new to the literary scene. Each year sees a range of local and international authors discuss their craft and work as well as politicians, artists and musicians who add even more magic to what is always a brilliant line-up.

All this and more. Join us !


  • 15 Jan 2020
  • 14 days

  • Jaipur Literature Festival + Kolkata and Delhi.


  • FULL TOUR (Kolkata + Delhi + Jaipur) AUD 7700 per person on twin share basis DELHI + JAIPUR ONLY AUD 5500 per person on twin share basis

  • Single supplement: FULL TOUR AUD 1990 pp DELHI + JAIPUR ONLY AUD 1100 pp

Kolkata, once a small village that grew to be the capital of the British Raj in India, has been the seat of literature and art in India for centuries and has given us a number of wonderful Bengali authors such as the renowned Sri Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit, Sukumar Ray and Amitava Ghosh. In addition Bengal also has been at the heart of Indian art – notably the famed 'Bengal School' of art that boasts Ram Kinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, Binod Behari Mukherjee and Abanindranath Tagore. We will walk its streets, taste its unique cuisine and meet some loclas who are part of the city's thriving art and literature scene.

After Kolkata we fly to  Delhi – the historic Muslim and later British capital of India. We visit historic sites and art galleries that are custodians of the written, oral and artistic heritage of India, enjoy a fascinating privately-curated walk in the old city with a local historian, explore the culinary delights of the city and, of course, shop in the well-known boutiques and street markets of Delhi.

It is then on to Jaipur, with its centuries-old bazaars and vibrant streets and alleys full of merchants, arty entrepreneurs and purveyors of fine textiles. We visit the magnificent Amer Fort, visit local block-printing artisans and generally soak up all that this fabulous city has to offer. Of course, the focus and highlight of the tour is the Jaipur Literature Festival - five days of talks, music, book signings and introductions to writers world-renowned and new to the literary scene. Each year sees a range of local and international authors discuss their craft and work as well as politicians, artists and musicians who add even more magic to what is always a brilliant line-up. Recent years have offered such wonderful speakers/interviewees as Stephen Fry, Margaret Atwood, Patrick French, Pico Iyer, John Zubrzycki, Markus Zusak andMichael Ondaatje - among many, many others. In addition to this each morning we enjoy a fab;lous music concert - traditional and fusion - which gets the day off to a stunning start.

Highlights

  • Kolkata - the great city of the Raj and heart of India's literary and artistic traditions.Visit the old colonial heart of the city - Dalhousie Square (now BBD Bagh) and see the great Hooghley River, lifeblood of the old East India Company.


  • Artists and artisans of Kolkata - we visit a renowned textile painter, hear Tagore's poetry sung by a local Bengali songtress, walk the streets of the city with a local historian and taste some of Bengali's best cullinery delights.


  • Delhi - the historical and political centre of India. In Old Delhi we will walk the narrow alleys and lanes of the old city with a local historian, imagining this great Mughal city at its zenith. Then New Delhi, a British invention, with its colonial grandeur and wonderful galleries as well as some of India's most magnificent Islamic architecture.


  • Jaipur - Indian's fabled "pink city". Visit the picturesque Amer Fort, the extraordinary astronimcal observatory of Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh (built in 1734) and walk the ancient bazaars with local textile expert Andree Poulet.


  • Some wonderful shopping opportunities - textiles, carpets, perfumed oils, spices and so much more


  • Some of India's finest cuisine in each of the great cities we visit - traditional, fusion and more. India's cullinery tastes and smells are an integral part of the whole experience.


  • Jaipur Literature Festival - the full 5 days at this great literary event, held in the grounds of the Diggi Palace. Each year we are treated to an exceptional line-up of writers, commentators, politicaisn and musicians which make this world class event so unique.


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