LAST MINUTE TRAVEL Literary Rajasthan: Books, Elephants and Artisans


I’ve been itching for an excuse to visit India. I’m also a gluttonous bookworm. So when travel professional Marta Rabins told me about this January trip centered around the Jaipur Literary Festival, I was instantly tempted.

There’s space still available. Should we go? Read on for details…

Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India.

When?

January 11 - 26, 2014.  

Why go?

While the annual Jaipur Literary Festival attracts world renowned speakers like author Gary Shteyngart and the Dalai Lama, it’s still a virtually unknown to U.S. travelers. The largest literary festival in the Asia-Pacific region, it’s held in the beautiful heritage Diggi Palace in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, one of the most colorful states in India. The festival draws authors, journalists, scholars and visitors from all over the world. While there, you can meet interesting people devoted to literature. You can also find fantastic new authors to follow, like Kota Neelima and Ashok Ferrey, a fabulous opportunity for anyone who enjoys discovering the world through books.

About the trip.

This journey with Ponte Travels begins in New Delhi, the nation’s thriving capital and a microcosm for the rest of India, and then takes you to Rajasthan to attend the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. Once the festival concludes, you’ll be off to Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur, exploring and meeting village artisans along the way.

Delhi Mosque.

What’s included?

Tour costs includes all transfers, hotels, entrances, daily breakfast, local English speaking guides for all sightseeing and excursion tours, entrance fees to all monuments, all transfers to or from airports, hotels, city tours and excursions, transportation to and from the Jaipur Literary Festival, the services of a private air-conditioned car/coach and professional driver, tips for drivers and guides, a welcome dinner in Delhi and more. Per person rates begin at $3,290 (double occupancy).

 

What’s not included?

The cost of the trip does not include international or domestic airfare, any meals not mentioned in the itinerary, items of a personal nature, including portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, medical expenses, airport departure tax, passport and visa fees, any tours mentioned as ‘optional’ in itinerary or tipping to hotel staff.

 

For additional information and bookings, visit www.pontetravels.com or e-mail info@pontetravels.com

 

About Ponte Travels:

Ponte Travels specializes in responsible, purposeful travel that works to build personal connections and improve the quality of life in the countries they visit. They create one-of-a-kind journeys for individuals, families and non-profit groups to experience some of the most culturally and wildlife-rich places on earth. Every trip contributes at least 5% of the tour cost to an NGO working within the host country and may also offer the opportunity for location visits and volunteer work. 


About Ellen Barone: 
Consumer travel journalist Ellen Barone is the founder and publisher of TravelUpdatesbyEllenBarone.com and YourLifeIsATrip.com. She’s currently at work on her first book - I COULD LIVE HERE. Click here to learn more or stay connected on Twitter at,FacebookPinterestGoogle+ and LinkedIn


 

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".