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Best Travel Books to Know More about India

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Rough Guide to India Travel Book cover

Rough Guide to India Travel Books

The Rough Guide books are considered one of the best travel guides across the globe. Some actually believe Rough Guide are as good as Lonely Planet travel books.

A good travel book, I believe, must be absolutely unbiased; and this series fulfills the criteria very well. Rough Guide to India talks about Bollywood, culture, cuisine, history, religion and much more. Buy on Amazon



Do I really need to include this? Because Lonely Planet is quite obvious.

lonely planet India travel book cover

One of  the best travel books series: Lonely Planet India

Lonely Planet is one of the most travel books around the globe. 

Lonely Planet talks about incomprehensibly varying culture of India, places to eat that fit in your not-so-glorious budget and the information about nice places to stay without going broke, places to shop, arts and festivals in India. Buy on Amazon (new edition)

also read: Kannauj— The Perfume Capital of India


Nine people, nine lives, nine different paths, nine different stories!! Nine Lives, unlike most travel books narrates stories of nine people in India. 

Nine Lives book cover by William Dalrymple

Nine Lives book cover by William Dalrymple

William Darlymple (the author), inspired by his experiences in India, put together stories of how nine different people carve their paths in life.

Three brothers from a remote village are driven by poverty to the Himalayas to become monks. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. A devadasi initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she regards as a sacred calling.

The book narrates more of such intriguing stories from India like no other. Buy on Amazon



Will your next step lead you to nirvana or land you in cow dung? You never know in India.

India Bites You Somehow by Kai Mayerfeld book cover

India Bites You Somehow by Kai Mayerfeld book cover

A Canadian woman once said- “Anything is possible in India! It really is! You might go crazy in the process, but it is possible!” 

This one is different from travel books listed above. It narrates stories of forty foreigners from 19 countries who had traveled to India. The book introduces you to the mysteriously magical essence of life in India. If you have been to India before, you’ll find yourself in the pages 🙂 Buy on Amazon

also read: Agrasen ki Baoli: Black Water that claimed many lives


Shantaram is an autobiographical account of Gregory David Roberts. The author had fled from an Australian prison and lived in Bombay slum for around 10 years.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts book cover

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts book cover

Amazingly, the published version is the third time written, after the first two were trashed by prison guards. 

An armed robber and heroin addict in Australia to setting up a free clinic in Bombay slum, learning Indian languages, involving money laundering, joining the mafia, falling in love and acting in Bollywood, fighting with Mujahedeen in Afghanistan; the book narrates it all. Buy on Amazon

also read: Badami Caves: Ruins of Magnificent Past



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