I love reading and can’t imagine traveling without a book. Being a solo female traveler, I mostly prefer reading books based on travel stories, and practical experiences. Many great travel sites and blogs helping us, but to me, the ultimate guidance is always a good travel book or guide.
Whether you’re traveling solo, in groups or family, it’s always wise, knowing the specific country or destination well before traveling for the first. Recently planning for a Delhi and Rajasthan tour in India for the first time, so started reading two guidebooks, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Delhi and Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra. And the update is, this September I visited Delhi and Rajasthan and those guides was truly helpful for me. 🙂
Here are some more recommended travel books on India for all I personally found useful and worth one to read and keep always. Let me know which one you found useful most.
Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love is New York Times Bestseller book by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. This is an inspiring true story and a memoir of her life. Here Gilbert has shown how she finds the ultimate happiness and the true meaning of life and love throughout her journey in Italy, India and Indonesia.
Gilbert spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life (Eat). She spent four months in India, finding the power of prayer (Pray). And she ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for “balance” of the two and found love (Love). This book proves that there really has more than one way to let yourself go and see the world. The movie based on this book has inspired me a lot to start traveling solo.
Lonely Planet India
Lonely Planet India is number one best-selling travel guide to India. Every series by Lonely Planet is my all time favorite. All information in this guide always have been so useful to me. Lonely Planet is always recommended as a trustworthy travel guide. And always a hugely popular for every traveler from every corner of the globe.
This guide covered many essential travel information, tips, insights, features according to the traveler choices and budgets. Many maps, images, 3D illustrative plans and reviews made this guide a great companion for all time in all ways.
India Travel Survival Guide For Women
India Travel Survival Guide For Women is a must read book for all solo female travelers in India written by Indian traveler and blogger Shalu Sharma. This book dedicated to all female travelers around by thinking their safety issues while travel in India. Being a woman she herself understood and tried to sort out all kinds of trouble one female traveler can face or facing in India.
This is a complete book to know how to travel safe, where to stay safely, what to wear, and most importantly, how to tackle or prevent any physical harassment by any locals while travel solo or in groups in India. I’m thinking to read again before making my upcoming tour in India.
Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India
Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India is one more great and must read book for women traveling to India. Beth Whitman, the author of this book herself got 23 years of travel experience and illustrated her practical advices and many suggestions to help women around the world. From this book you can also get many advices from more than 35 women who already travelled the world.
Here, focused on understanding the culture first. Then need to know how to train yourself the proper way while traveling on your own in India. This author is also famous for the The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo by Wanderlust and Lipstick.
Taj Mahal (Wonders of the World)
Traveling in India and not visiting the wonders of the world? Not possible. And so if you are planning for a Taj Mahal tour in Agra then Taj Mahal (Wonders of the World) by Giles Tillotson is a must read for all travelers. This book contains all inside stories, histories and details about this magnificent marble mausoleum by the Emperor Shah Jahan. You should not miss to read this book before visiting Taj Mahal in Agra.
Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love is still a great surprise for all people around. Do we all know the amazing history behind this amazing creation or architect? Many we don’t know yet and so should go through this book before visiting.
India – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Wherever you travel in the world, it is always best practice to know the culture and customs of that specific country or place. In India each state follows different customs. So, before traveling a vast country like India knowing the proper culture, and lifestyle is must. And definitely essential for all travelers. Becky Stephen, an American writer who herself stayed in India for five years and perfectly depicted Indian culture from her own experience in India – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture.
This smart travel guidebook is an informative one. It will definitely help you to know many practical tips and guidance about India and Indian culture. Indian culture is smartly changing day by day and coming out from old philosophy and thoughts. A must read essential travel guide for all times in India.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India is a must read travel guide by DK Publishing with detail instructions about top travel attractions in India. There are many historical and religious architects or landmarks in India. This guide is also full with many photographs and maps which is much helpful while visiting the specific destination.
Through this guide you can also get a complete list of popular shops, hotels, and restaurants. So traveling incredible India near or coming future? Yes, so before traveling India for the first time one must read this guide at least once.
So, what else you’ll love to recommend here? Any travel books on India you read recently?