Jaipur Literature Festival accommodation books out fast and if you haven’t got your act together you’ll be paying top dollar for a glorified crusty backpacker hostel. Getting organised early for your stay in the Pink City during Asia’s preeminent literature festival means you will have your pick of Jaipur’s best, and right now that is Hotel 47 Jobnor Bagh.
There really is no better place to escape the bustle that is the Jaipur Literature Festival, or JLF, than this hotel’s genteel gardens, where trees shade you as you flick through your haul of books from the festival. When you have had enough of staring at pages, escape to the roof terrace for views across to the Tiger Fort.
Without doubt, it is one of the best vistas in Jaipur and the perfect spot for a sundowner. At night, the tables are decked with lanterns, while the lights of the city spread out below you and the stars above – if you aren’t married, you might soon will be.
Rooms are elegant and, essential for Rajasthan in summer, cool – even on the top floor – and decorated in minimalist white linen. They’re also spotlessly clean with a generous bathroom. A small shop near the reception sells Rajasthani crafts, although the staff are a good source of information on local sellers as well.
Breakfast seems almost endless, with eggs cooked to order, cereal, toast and jams seemingly on tap. Be early to grab a table on the balcony overlooking the garden. There’s no better way to start the day in Jaipur, whether your plans involve jostling with the crowds at the Literature Festival, cheering on an chukka at the polo, spending your day gem shopping, or exploring the City Palace.
They’ll happily arrange transport to and from the nearby Jaipur Railway Station (and airport).