10 books to read before travelling to India

If you are visiting India this year and you want to learn a few things about the country then it is always a good idea to read something about the place. These books will give you an idea of what India is all about and prepare you for your trip to India. I have compiled some of the best books to read before travelling to India. I don’t recommended you carry all the books listed here so why not get yourself a kindle fire and buy the kindle edition of these books.

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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Nine Lives by William Dalrymple

Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat

Eat Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India by Shashi Tharoor

I hope you liked the list of some of the best books to read before travelling to India. If you have your favourite then feel free to list them below in the comments.

14 thoughts on “10 books to read before travelling to India”

  1. Books are the best friends to know about the culture and lifestyle of people who living in country. The specified books clearly showing all those things which must travelers must know before coming here.

  2. Need tips on 2 weeks in India in Dec. Starting in Jaipur, then Agra and Varanasi. Would like another stop that’s more countryside or mountains etc but not sure if we have enough time.

  3. Hello Shalu Madam,
    Well, there is no one who knows India better than you. All these books are worth buying and reading especially for those who want to travel in India and explore.

    Thank you so much.

  4. Thanks for making a nice book list 🙂 I’m a big fan of Eat, pray and love and after reading it, it boosts my interest of India by 200% 🙂

  5. Well, There is a wonderful list of book in this article but you might have missed The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh and Shantaram by Gregory Roberts.

    Keep it up the wonderful work.


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