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 guide is always a good travel book or guide. Here are some recommended travel books on India for all. I personally found useful and it was worth reading before planning a solo trip to India. Let me know which one you found useful most.
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. I planned for a Delhi and Rajasthan tour to India for the first time. I started reading two guidebooks, DK Eyewitness Top 10 Delhi (Pocket Travel Guide) and Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Regional Guide). Later those guides were truly helpful for me during my visit to Delhi and Rajasthan.
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Table of Contents
- 1 Lonely Planet India (Country Guide)
- 2 India – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
- 3 India Travel Survival Guide For Women
- 4 Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India
- 5 Taj Mahal (Wonders of the World)
- 6 DK Eyewitness India (Travel Guide)
- 7 Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
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Lonely Planet India (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet India is the number one best-selling travel guide to India. Every series by Lonely Planet is my all-time favorite. All information in this guide always has been so useful to me. Lonely Planet is always recommended as a trustworthy travel guide. And always hugely popular for every traveler from every corner of the globe.
This guide covered many essential travel information, tips, insights, features according to traveler choices and budgets. Many maps, images, 3D illustrative plans, and reviews made this guide a great companion for all time in all ways.
- History, culture, and traditions of India
- India tourism
- Places to visit in India
- Where to stay
- Where to eat
- Money-saving tips to get around in India
- Colorful maps and images of popular destinations
- Budget-friendly travel tips, reviews, and updated travel information
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 to a vast country like India knowing the proper culture, and lifestyle is a 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.
- The culture and customs of India
- Understanding the cultural differences
- Social customs and tradition
- Practical tips and guidance to understand Indian culture
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 about their safety issues while traveling 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 safely, how to stay safe in hotels, 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. It is useful to read before every tour in India.
- Practical and essential safety tips on traveling India
- How to travel your own in India
- How to overcome any awkward situation or physical harassment
- What to wear in India
- How to stay safe in Indian hotels
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 pieces of advice and many suggestions to help women around the world. From this book, you can also get much essential advice from more than 35 women who already traveled the world.
This book focused on understanding 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 Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo
- Indian culture
- Practical travel advice from more than 35 women travelers
- How to dress in India
- Essential travel tips to stay safe
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 reading this book before visiting the 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 of this amazing creation or architect? Many we don’t know yet and so should go through this book before visiting.
- History of Taj Mahal
- The story behind the creation of Taj Mahal
- The magnificent beauty of Mughal architecture
DK Eyewitness India (Travel Guide)
DK Eyewitness India (Travel Guide) is a must-read travel guide by DK Publishing with detailed instructions about top travel attractions in India. There are many historical and religious architects or landmarks in India. This guide is also full of 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 to India for the first time one must read this guide at least once.
- Must-see destinations in India
- Expert travel tips and advice
- Hidden gems in India to explore
- Where to shop
- How to travel around India
- Best places to eat and drink
- Where to stay
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat Pray Love is a 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 the 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 to start traveling solo.
- The true meaning of life through traveling
- Different cultures of three different countries (Italy, India, Indonesia)
- Understanding the various aspects of life
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7 thoughts on “7 Books To Read Before Travelling India (#3 and #4 Is Must Read For Women)”
All books are interesting..nice to see u going to Delhi and pink city jaipur…after traveling, share ur experience…:-).
Hey, thanks Santanu.. Let me know if you got any recommendation on those places 🙂
I’m needing some inspiration at the moment and these will help the time go by until I can get to India. So sad I had to cancel my planned trip later this year x
Hi Kate, actually it’s happening with almost all, canceling the planned trip. Now we got to utilize this time on our way at home. But we all wish to be able to travel soon, and everything gets normal. Take care and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
HI there Nafisa– how easy is it to get a visa from Bangladesh to India? I know there were a lot of restrictions for Bangladeshi nationals between the age of 13 and 65 and for Muktijoddhas, Is it easier now? I
It can be really hard – Bangladeshi citizens who hold regular or ordinary Bangladeshi passports have visa free or visa on arrival access to only 39 countries and territories, ranking the Bangladeshi passport 101st in terms of travel freedom (tied with passports from Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon and North Korea).
Pakistani citizens are nealy as unlucky – they have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 31 countries and territories, ranking the Pakistani passport 104th in terms of travel freedom, just behing you in Bangladesh.
So how do you seem to manage so easily? do you have a diplomatic passport , or tips that other Asians don’t know about that you can share, or are those web pieces you have writen about on your blogs just “virtual travel” only?
Thanks for your advice – best wishes – HLK
Hello, I’m having ordinary Bangladeshi passport only. And travelled many many times to India. I never have faced any trouble to get tourist visa to India. Getting visa is always easy from Bangladesh to India. Currently for global pandemic, travel restriction is there and so you’ll not get any visa besides medical one. When did you last apply to get Indian visa from Bangladesh?
Hi – another book to consider is “Ashrams of India.” This is a Kindle eBook with links to Google Maps for all the places listed.