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Title: Top Best Seller travel books about India Travel
Post by: Saurabh Soni on February 10, 2015, 01:53:36 AM
Internet is full of travel articles and you write a search term for a topic, thousand of results get popped up on your screen but as the saying goes and many still believe that real essence of reading is not in scrolling or swiping but it lies in reading a book and flipping the pages.

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Gotripperz collated the list of top bestsellers about India Travel and these were written not necessarily by an Indian writer.
1. Hot Tea across India by Rashid Saam Mehta:
This book is on Rishad Saam Mehta’s journeys — and as a travel writer and all-round road-trip junkie, he’s been on many — there’s a particular thing he noticed. There’s not a highway, road or dirt track in India where you can’t find a cup of chai whenever you want it. And with those cuppas come encounters and incidents that make travelling in India a fascinating adventure. In this riveting book, which includes stories of honey- and saffron-infused tea shared with a shepherd in Kashmir, and a strong brew that revives the author after almost getting lynched by an irate mob in Kerala, Rishad takes you across the length and breadth of India, from Manali to Munnar, from the Rann of Kutch to Khajuraho, with a wonderful combination of wit, sensitivity and insight.
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2. A search in Secret India by Paul Brunton:
A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton's journey around India, living among yogis, mystics and gurus, some of whom he found convincing, others not. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets and studies with the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.

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3. The Motorcycle Diaries by 'Che' Guevara
(This one is an exception in the list as it is not about India Travel but can't missed out.)                                                                                                                                                               
The Motorcycle Diaries is the epic story of two men who travelled on a 1939 Norton 500cc single cylinder motorcycle across South America. Ernesto Guevara was one of the men on the bike and he wrote down his memoirs which showed the world a raw view of the injustices that existed in South America. The two men travel across the length of Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Peru witnessing gross injustices. We see a man whose biggest worries are where he can find his next drink, bed and love, transform into a man who is willing to give up his life for the exploited in Latin America. Che Guevara starts his journey as a young and impressionable medical student, who is 23 years old, but ends as a steadfast man who wishes to see a better South America. The Motorcycle Diaries is a classic political and personal story of how a boy becomes a man, sprinkled with adventure and several falls off a bike. The book has featured as a New York Times bestseller on many occasions. The film tie-in edition of the book was published in 2007 and is available in paperback.
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4. One Life to Ride: A Motorcycle Journey to the High Himalayas by Ajit Harisinghani:                                                                     
The book is based on author's motorcycle journey from Pune to Ladakh and Kargil - a travel story which takes the reader through the hot and dusty plains of India to the higher mountains of the vast Himalayan range many covered in snow even in June. Weaving its way along coastal roads of western India, to Goa, with pig toilets and palm liquor, the story winds through old and new stories - one from a holy-man cycling from Mumbai to Mecca, another about the meditation technique of Vipassana, yet another of a light-hearted con-game at a scout's camp in Rajasthan - the tale finally takes you to the highest motorable road in the world - the fabled Khardung-La.
You'll meet Sufi saints, fake fakirs and homesick soldiers. You'll get stuck in an icy road river and be miraculously rescued. You'll feel the stress an average Kashmiri experiences everyday. You'll see how blind and dangerous religion can be if it is only followed in rituals and illogical beliefs. You'll see how friendly and hospitable everyone is on the roads of India. You'll come away feeling exhilarated, entertained and yes, also exhausted by the physical arduousness of the motorcycle ride.
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5. Short Escapes from Mumbai by Anirban Mahapatra:                                                   

Located between the wide expanse of the Arabian Sea and the lofty green heights of the Western Ghats, is Mumbai, the largest city in the country and heart of the Indian Film Industry. This book lets you escape the metropolis and find yourself in the middle of nature, heritage or luxury, whichever you choose. Discover a whole range of destinations with a guide that you can trust. Take your pick from fantastic beaches, verdant hill stations, magnificent nature escapes and some brilliant trekking options. Our expert authors will guide you to must-see sights and experiences, give you loads of reliable practical information and help you get the best possible value for money. Go armed with all the information you need without being bogged down by unnecessary details.
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6. Banaras City of Light by Diana L. Eck:
The author reveals the spiritual and historical resonance of this holy place where great sages such as the Buddha and Shankara taught, where ashrams, palaces, and universities were built, where God has been imagined and imaged in a thousand ways. Eck describes the rites of its temples, the busy life of its riverfront, and the exuberance of its festivals. She narrates how people travel from all over India to Banaras for the privilege of dying a good death here, for they believe that on the banks of the River Ganges where 'the atmosphere of devotion is improbable in its strength', it is possible to be released from this earthly round forever. In her account of the sacred history, geography, and art of the city, its elaborate and thriving rituals, its myths and literature, and its importance to pilgrims and seekers, Diana Eck uses her wealth of scholarship to make the Hindu tradition come powerfully alive so that we come to understand the meaning that this sacred city holds for the millions of believers who have been coming here for over 2,500 years.
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7. Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh:
In 1991, Monisha’s family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. Two years later, fed up with soap-eating rats, stolen human hearts and the creepy colonel across the road, they returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. Twenty years later, Monisha came back. Taking a page out of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days, she embarked on a 40,000km adventure around India in 80 trains. Travelling a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth, she lifted the veil on a country that had become a stranger to her. As one of the largest civilian employers in the world, featuring luxury trains, toy trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains and even a hospital on wheels, Indian Railways had more than a few stories to tell. On the way, Monisha met a colourful cast of characters with epic stories of their own. But with a self-confessed militant atheist as her photographer, Monisha's personal journey around a country built on religion was not quite what she bargained for. Around India in 80 Trains is a story of adventure and drama infused with sparkling wit and humor.
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8. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple:                                                     

City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi by William Dalrymple is the author's second book. The book is a travelogue but it has been written more like a novel. It is interspersed with stories and anecdotes from the six years the author spent in Delhi with his wife. The stories revolve around their interactions with the various people in the city, like the customs officials, their cleaning lady, their Sikh landlady and taxi drivers. The presentation of these stories elucidates why the author calls Delhi a bottomless sea of stories.
The composition of City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi is unique. The history of the city has been documented backwards. Starting from 1984 riots, William Dalrymple works his way backward to the partition problems in 1947, the mutiny against the British Raj in 1857 and eventually to Indraprastha and the Pandavas.
Not just a humorous account of his life in Delhi, City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi is a record of the author's efforts to explore the city's mysterious past. He records facets of the city that have been hidden for so long that even the residents have forgotten about them. The book gives a new lease of life to the famous historical structures of Delhi, like the Red Fort and the Parliament buildings.

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9. The Great Railway Bazaar (Penguin Modern Classics) by Paul Theroux:

The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux’s account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes – the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto and the Trans-Siberian Express – it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met. Here he overhears snippets of chat and occasional monologues, and is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, from Molesworth, a British theatrical agent, and Sadik, a shabby Turkish tycoon, while avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers. This wonderfully entertaining travelogue pays loving tribute to the romantic joys of railways and train travel.

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10. Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald:

After backpacking her way around India, 21-year-old Sarah Macdonald decided that she hated this land of chaos and contradiction with a passion, and when an airport beggar read her palm and insisted she would come back one day - and for love - she vowed never to return.
But twelve years later the prophecy comes true when her partner, ABC's South Asia correspondent, is posted to New Delhi, the most polluted city on earth. Having given up a blossoming radio career in Sydney to follow her new boyfriend to India, it seems like the ultimate sacrifice and it almost kills Sarah - literally. After being cursed by a sadhu smeared in human ashes, she nearly dies from double pheumonia. It's enough to send a rapidly balding atheist on a wild rollercoaster ride through India's many religions in search of the meaning of life and death.
From the 'brain enema' of a meditation retreat in Dharamsala to the biggest Hindu festival on earth on the steps of the Ganges in Varanasi, and with the help of the Dalai Lama, a goddess of healing hugs and a couple of Bollywood stars - among many, many others - Sarah discovers a hell of a lot more.
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11. Travellers Tales India: True Stories (Travelers' Tales):
'India' includes 49 stories and dozens of sidebar anecdotes covering the sprawling canvas of the country, from the high Himalayas to the dense jungles teeming with wildlife, to the chaotic inner cities and deceptively slow-paced villages.
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Title: Re: Top Best Seller travel books about India Travel
Post by: sandhyasingh21 on February 10, 2015, 12:06:24 PM
Great list... I got my hands on motorcycle diaries from this list :)
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Post by: Saurabh Soni on February 12, 2015, 07:03:55 AM
How did you find reading it, Is it a good read?
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Post by: ishanmalhotra on February 15, 2015, 03:54:02 AM
Interesting list :)
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Post by: ankitjuneja1 on March 14, 2015, 07:44:31 AM
I intend to read one or two from the list