5 Best India Travel Guidebooks

Have you ever wanted to read a travel guidebook based on India? The idea of reading travel guide was out of my imagination until I made my very first trip to India back in 2014. Before the trip, although I was really curious of this great nation, I had a very little knowledge about India. So in search of useful travel tips I had to browse many pages online from different travel blogs and websites, it was time consuming though! In fact, the resources I have found were not enough to inspire me to travel to India.

Taj Mahal, one of the of seven wonders of the modern world. Photo Credit: Ramón at Flickr.

Surprisingly, I was lucky to find some very useful travel guides that came with maps, historic & famous landmarks, popular places to visit, essential guide to Indian customs & culture, expert travel advices, budget travel guide, suggested itineraries, and breathtaking photographs. For me, the most important of all these were the culture guide. If you are serious of taking a trip to India in the future, please don’t go there without reading one of the following guidebooks. They will help you make your trip a great adventure and show you the right path to accomplish your mission in India!

1) Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook

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With many historic landmarks, UNESCO world heritage sites, fascinating cultures, unlimited natural beauty, and endless festivals & events, India – the country has been in the list of “places you must visit before you die.” If you think that India is an incredible country to discover and you start dreaming of visiting it in the near future should read “Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook” written by J D Viharini. She looks like she is one of those foreign travelers who have traveled through most of the major cities and popular places across India with an intention to reveal the hidden discoveries.

Whether you are going to visit India for weeks or months or interested in moving there for years for a living, read this essential guide beforehand! It will treat you like a local who knows how to deal with the culture that is so different from your own and help you to communicate and understand what is going on around you. In fact, the book also covers other very important topics to experience the best of India. According to many including me, this is one of the very few books that guides you the best ways to enjoy the cities and culture of this beautiful country. Learning has no ending; if you agree with it, then don’t hesitate to read this highly recommended travel guidebook.

2) Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)

Lovely Planet India” – a comprehensive travel guide that takes readers on a journey through India’s most fascinating destinations with inspiring photographs, colorful maps, cultural insights, suggested itineraries, insider tips to save money and time including the history, religion, politics, wildlife, cuisine, landscapes, art and so on. If your travel plan includes the areas such as Delhi, Agra, Chennai, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai, Darjeeling, Kolkata, and many more, don’t forget to read this book.

In addition, you will find honest reviews for all budgets about eating, sightseeing, sleeping, shopping, and going out. Information I have found in this guidebook about each area is very unique and crafted quite nicely. Before my very first trip to India I read this guide and was able to cope with things that seemed to me difficult. When you start reading this, you will learn to love exploring the country with joys and find a way to see the hidden discoveries the country has to offer. Anyone travelling to India would find it extremely useful. This book definitely has opened my eyes to discover the wonders of India! Probably this is the one travel guide that you must pay attention to if you embark on a trip to India. Believe me guys!

3) India: Where To Go, What To See – A India Travel Guide (India, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai)

India is a massive country in the Indian subcontinent with a large, rapidly growing population. Each region and community has its own culture! India’s vast and diverse nature is home to a great variety and abundance of wildlife. Everything looks pretty charming in India (except few) and that’s why it is said to be one of the greatest destinations in the world that attracts millions of visitors each year. “India: Where to Go, What to See” inspires you to see the country’s most amazing discoveries. It is a fantastic India travel guide comprises a lot of useful information on the major cities, sights, people, must-do activities, hotels, restaurants, traditions and culture.

If you are looking forward to an amazing experience in India, make sure you bring a travel guide like this that will deliver the best result when you take a trip to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai and many more. Traveling around is not the best thing you want to do, instead you have to know how to experience every single thing you encounter out there. Without doubt, by reading this comprehensive guide you would be able to make the most out of your time in India.

4) India: India Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To India – The Places You Have To See (New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kashmir, Jaipur)

Explore India’s cultural heritage through this richly illustrated and informative travel guidebook. It highlights useful information on the cultural heritage of India, diverse Indian cuisines, metropolitan cities, night life, Do’s and Don’ts, important tourist destinations, what to wear, advice on buying things, what to bring in India, main festivals & holidays and much more. When I came across this fascinating guide, I felt pretty surprising and amazed knowing the travel resources I found there. I think you would find it surprising too!

Have you ever been to a place like Kolkata before? The city is just incredible especially with its colonial architecture though the heavy traffic jam out there is the biggest panic I have experienced during my trip. Don’t you forget that people there speak in Bengali! However, you will find very practical travel guides with suggestions on Kolkata, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Jaipur, and so forth in this guide to enjoy your trip and overcome the difficulties you may face. All the best!

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5) India – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

The travel guides you see above are quite different than this one. Can you find out the main reason why? I have to admit that I have not read any book like this, which is very conscious and straight forward on the culture of India and its people. Reading “India – Culture Smart” I realized how different the Indian culture is from the one I belong to. It is probably the best Indian culture guidebook that every visitor must read before taking a trip to India.

It will open your eyes and teach you a great lesson to increase your practical knowledge on Indian culture and its history. Indeed, you will find this guide very useful for your golden trip to India. It did help me finding out the ways of dealing with it properly. Whether you are going take a trip to India or intend to know just its rich history and culture always hold this one in your hand in the first place. I think it will be a great combo if you collect this one with any of the travel guides described above.

My incredible travel experiences in India are unforgettable and I want to go back there again in the future. I know it is worth returning for! I have not lost my taste for this colorful country, instead I am looking forward to discovering the Northeast India. Hopefully someday I will be there and make my dreams come true!

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