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Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate Collection

Here is a list of the best Indian Travel books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. India: A History. Revised and Updated (2011)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionFully revised with forty thousand new words that take the reader up to present-day India, John Keay’s India: A History spans five millennia in a sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in the region today. In charting the evolution of the rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and peoples that comprise the modern nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, Keay weaves together insights from a variety of scholarly fields to create a rich historical…
Author(s): John Keay

2. Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide (2015)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis fourth edition of David Grant Noble's indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes updated text and many newly opened archaeological sites. From Alibates Flint Quarries in Texas to the Zuni-Acoma Trail in New Mexico, readers are provided with such favorites as Chaco Canyon and new treasures such as Sears Kay Ruin. In addition to descriptions of each site, Noble provides time-saving tips for the traveler, citing major highways, nearby towns and the facilities they offer, campgrounds, and other helpful…
Author(s): David Grant Noble

3. An account of the remarkable occurrences in the life and travels of Col. James Smith: during his captivity with the Indians, in the years 1755, ’56, ’57, ’58, & ’59 (2018)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionBiographies and Autobiographies in this category are about Adventurers and Explorers open windows into the often extraordinary lives people who travelled, fought wars, were imprisoned, sailed, climbed, set up missions, pioneered, and found new lands for settlement and colonization. This long list of adventurers includes such men and women as: Lieutenant-Colonel William Martin Leake, General John Coffin, Col. James Smith, Reginald G. Wilberforce, Sacajawea, Jasper Douthit, Field-Marshal Count Helmuth Von Moltke, Lieutenant General Crommelin, Captain James Cook,…
Author(s): James Smith

4. India – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (2016)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionIndia’s population of 1.2 billion is as varied and colorful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region, caste, and community has its own culture, reflecting unique histories shaped by conquest, creativity, and religion, expressed in distinct languages, social customs, art forms, and expectations of life. Despite enormous recent political and economic change, in many ways India remains the same—a total sensory experience. The chaos and beauty of color and sound, the language shifts every ten miles, the household variations of spicy and sharp, sweet and sour, the insistent smells of…
Author(s): Becky Stephen, Culture Smart!

5. A Traveler in Indian Territory: The Journal of Ethan Allen Hitchcock (American Exploration and Travel Series) (1996)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 1841 U.S. government authorities sent Major Ethan Allen Hitchcock to Indian Territory to investigate numerous charges of fraud and profiteering by various contractors dealing with the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indians, who had been removed from the South during the last decade. Hitchcock’s report, filed after four months of travel, exposed such a high level of graft and corruption that his investigation was suppressed and never brought to the attention of Congress. Hitchcock kept nine personal diaries of his travels and observations, however, and they reveal much historic and ethnographic information…
Author(s): Ethan Allen Hitchcock , Grant Foreman, et al.

6. The Age of Kali: Indian Travels & Encounters (Vintage Departures) (2012)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of darkness” predicted by an ancient Hindu cosmology in a final epoch of strife and corruption, Dalrymple encountered a region that thrilled and surprised him. Venturing to places rarely visited by foreigners, he presents compelling portraits of a diverse range of figures—from a Hindi rap megastar through the Tamil Tigers to the…
Author(s): William Dalrymple

7. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Morocco (2017)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionExplore Morocco’s busy city streets, historic mosques, and delicious food. Discover the different regions of Morocco, and see the beautiful culture firsthand through events, festivals, and local markets.Discover .   • Detailed itineraries and “don’t-miss” destination highlights at a glance.    • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.    • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.    • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places…
Author(s): DK Travel

8. Indian Mounds You Can Visit: 165 Aboriginal Sites on Florida’s West Coast (1998)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionImagine my surprise when I discovered my home sits on an ancient Indian mound. Imagine my surprise when I found that 100,000 Indians were living in Florida when the Europeans arrived in the 1500s, and that they had been here for 12,000 years… and today they are gone–extinct–no descendants. I had to know more! From the Everglades to the Suwannee River I searched Florida’s west coast and discovered 165 aboriginal sites. From nomadic hunters of giant mastodons to architects of sophisticated temple towns and complex canal cities, these naked “Ancient…
Author(s): I. Mac Perry

9. William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians (Indians of the Southeast) (2002)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate Collection“In this splendid volume, editors Gregory A. Waselkov and Kathryn E. Holland Braund pull together from a variety of published and archival sources Bartram’s observations on Southeastern Indians, particularly the Creeks, Seminoles, and Cherokees. . . . With this comprehensive compendium, the scope of Bartram’s contributions to the fields of ethnohistory, anthropology, and historical archaeology can finally be understood.”-Mississippi Quarterly “An exemplary work. . . . Waselkov and Braund have given scholars and fans of Bartram an invaluable source of his writing on the southeastern Indians and…
Author(s): William Bartram , Gregory A. Waselkov, et al.

10. Fodor’s Essential India: with Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai & Kerala (Full-color Travel Guide) (2019)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionIndia is a country of vibrant and enticing contrasts: exquisite palaces are juxtaposed against simple temples, and modern high-tech industry coexists with ancient customs and rituals. There’s much to see and do in this vast and geographically diverse country, and Fodor’s Essential India covers the must-see sights better than anyone else. India is changing rapidly, and this fully updated guide includes the best new hotels, restaurants, and more in its vibrant cities and stunning countryside, from Delhi and Rajasthan to Mumbai, Kerala and Goa. A spectacular color photo guide captures the ultimate unmissable…
Author(s): Fodor’s Travel Guides

11. Travel Dreams India – Social Studies Fun-Schooling Journal: Learn about Indian Culture through the Arts, Fashion, Architecture, Music, Tourism, … Thinking Tree – Social Studies) (Volume 6) (2018)

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate CollectionTravel Dreams – Social Studies- The Thinking Tree: A Creative Research Handbook for Library & Internet Based Learning B1, B2, C1 & C2, ideal for ages 9-17, (2nd-12th grade) This book is part of a series of 14 books! Learn about 14 different countries while covering History, Geography, Social Studies, Culture, Travel, Population, Landmarks, Current Events and more. Use this guide as a family study, or individual study. Your student will use library books, parent approved websites, documentaries, a Map, an atlas, and other resources to complete writing and art projects about the World! Uses…
Author(s): Sarah Janisse Brown , Alexandra Bretush, et al.

Best Indian Travel Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some indian travel books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire

Author(s): Coll Thrush
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 31 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2247197

The Land Of Flying Lamas & Other Real Travel Stories From The Indian Himalaya

Author(s): Gaurav Punj
Publisher: Tranquebar, Year: 2013, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2245203

Starting from Quirpini: The Travels and Places of a Bolivian People

Author(s): Stuart Alexander Rockefeller
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Year: 2010, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 421413

The Naturalist on the River Amazon: A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel

Author(s): Henry Walter Bates
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2009, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 611484

Fellow Travelers: Indians and Europeans Contesting the Early American Trail

Author(s): Philip Levy
Publisher: University Press of Florida, Year: 2007, Size: 898 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1389491

Memorable Description of the East Indian Voyage 1618-25 (Broadway Travellers)

Author(s): Willem Bontekoe
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 408541

Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane: The World of the Schitsu'umsh (Coeur D'Alene Indians)

Author(s): Rodney Frey
Publisher: University of Washington Press, Year: 2001, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1400704

The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters

Author(s): William Dalrymple, HarperCollins (UK) Publishers
Publisher: Lonely Planet, Year: 2000, Size: 610 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 463183

An Indian Summer. A Personal Experience of India

Author(s): James Cameron
Publisher: McMillan, Year: 1974, Size: 308 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1688440

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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