Top 10 Travel Books of 2016 – India

 

Travel is the cure for everything. Before you embark on your next journey, read these top travel books of 2016, highly recommended to inspire your travel plans

 

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Most Unusual Places

Where to begin? This book is every travel aficionado's ultimate bucket list. From natural wonders like the bedazzling glow worm caves in New Zealand, or a pub inside a baobab tree in South Africa large enough to seat 15 people, to architectural wonders like the labyrinth of step wells in India, this book is the house of quirks. Not just places, find events that will boggle your mind, such as the Spanish Baby Jumping Festival where men in devil costumes literally jump over infants. Also find more on Turkmenistan's famous Gates of Hell, a ship graveyard in Bangladesh, and a highly eccentric Italian bone museum.

Read it For:
More interesting information about the quirkiest, most unheard places on Earth.
Don't Read it For:
Atlas Obscura is not your usual travel guide. It is only for those willing to travel beyond the conventional path.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book revels in the mysterious, the unexpected and the weird.

Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent

Indica takes a reader to a journey embedded in history. The same places we think we know so well have hidden secrets of their past revealed in this book. For instance, the exemplary Ellora caves were cut out of rock formed in the greatest lava floods in human history. The reason behind Bengaluru's unique climate is a tectonic event that took place 88 million years ago. The sediments of Ganga and Brahmaputra, over millions of years, have created submarine canyons larger than the Grand Canyon. And then there's evidence of Rajasaurus, an Indian dinosaur.

Read it For:
India's deep and amusing natural history filled with natural events, flora, and fauna.
Don't Read it For:
The book is exclusive to Indian natural history only.
What makes this book stand out?:
Rare and fascinating collection of images and illustrations.

Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life

For some people, the Himalayas may be a force of nature to test themselves against but for others, it is a haven of tranquility. It is a place to seek oneself, find refuge and perhaps also God. Over millennia of civilizations, the mountains have cradled life after life, teeming and irrepressible. The book comprises of over 50 fascinating accounts from a range of people - Fa-Hein, Heinrich Harrer, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa, Namita Gokhale, and Ruskin Bond himself.

Read it For:
The most intense real stories that will keep you riveted till the last page.
Don't Read it For:
The book is entirely about the Himalayas. A very different take from the usual books on Mountains, as it does not tell you where to go, it merely makes you want to go there.
What makes this book stand out?:
Ruskin Bond is India's most loved author and Namita Gokhale is a bestselling novelist. Together, they make a stellar editor duo.

Destinations of a Lifetime

Take this enticing photographic tour of some of the most spectacular marvels of the world with National Geographic. This spellbinding travel book is as good a gift as it is a coffee table treasure. You will find hundreds of breathtaking illustrations of obscure locales from around the world. The visual wonders include scenic islands, rainforests, ancient streets, ancient monoliths, remarkable artwork, and architecture.

Read it For:
Most useful for hard service data for every location including places to eat, visit, stay and things to do.
Don't Read it For:
The book is huge and can be difficult to handle. It is a coffee table collectible.
What makes this book stand out?:
A photographic treat to ignite and satiate your wanderlust.
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Silk Roads is an international bestseller and for good reason. Author Peter Frankopan has successfully reassessed the history of the world in the light of the changing economic and political climate. He explores the forces that drove the rise and fall of empires along the Silk Route and how the flow of ideas has heralded the international affairs towards a new age.

Read it For:
Detailed and fascinating trail of exchange of goods and ideas between the West and East.
Don't Read it For:
The book focuses on petroleum countries, for the most part, India is mentioned but in traces.
What makes this book stand out?:
A well-researched book that clearly outlines the bigger picture of the wave pattern of the world economy.

Delhi Through The Seasons

The book Delhi Through The Seasons is a stark reminder of the Indian Baramasi poets. It is like a diary of a nature lover, with details about Delhi's trees, flowers, birds, animals, insects, and flowers. The charm of the fairs, the stories in the clouds, the movement of the seasons – this book is a truly rare treasure. To add to its richness, the illustrations have been given by one of India's finest nature artist, Suddhasattwa Basu.

Read it For:
For the sheer number of creative geniuses who have come together to create this wonder.
Don't Read it For:
Delhi through the Seasons is very similar to Khushwant Singh's book Nature Watch.
What makes this book stand out?:
Find poems of Kalidasa, Mirza Ghalib, Rabindranath Tagore and Rudyard Kipling weaved into the text.

Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0

This story of a twenty-something boy, how he gave up a high-end job, career and a comfortable life to ride thousands of kilometers across India along with two of his friends. As their adventures are recounted, one craves to be a part of them.

Read it For:
A different account of very real places in India that have been unheard of.
Don't Read it For:
A romantic turn of events shifts the focus from the joy of travel to soppy drama.
What makes this book stand out?:
You can take tips from their journey to inspire and plan your own.

Thailand: Travel Guide

Lonely Planet's Thailand is a number one bestseller. It is your passport to the insides of Thailand, one of the most popular travel destinations in the world today. You will find up-to-date advice on every aspect of travel, and relevant information on what to see and what to skip. From the wilderness of the orchards in Mae Hong Son to a longboat trail on the Andaman Coast, this guide is the most trustworthy travel companion.

Read it For:
Getting into the heart of Thailand and experiencing travel like it is meant to be.
Don't Read it For:
A new version of the book is coming up, slated to be more updated and renewed.
What makes this book stand out?:
The revelation of hidden places that most travelers miss out.

Europe on a Shoestring

Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher for good reason. A Euro Trip is almost every traveler's dream, and Lonely Planet has now made it possible to make your Euro dream come true even on a tight budget. The book comes loaded with grand experiences that can be enjoyed on a small budget, and practical tips on how to optimize your budget to make the most of your Europe vacation.

Read it For:
Access to valuable information on how to experience the best of Europe on a small budget.
Don't Read it For:
Flowery writing style and tiny font size.
What makes this book stand out?:
Vacationing on a budget does not necessarily mean compromise if you travel smartly, and this because tells you exactly how.

The Penguin Lessons: A True Story

Tom Michell rescues a penguin, Juan Salvador from an oil slick in Uruguay. He has to leave because the term is about to start but the bird refuses to leave his side. The young teacher then decided to smuggle Juan across the border, risking his life, job, and citizenship. Set against the fall of the Peronist regime in Argentina, The Penguin Lessons is a true and heartwarming account of travel and companionship in all its forms.

Read it For:
A true account of the adventures of a teacher and a penguin he rescues in turbulent times.
Don't Read it For:
Some of the geographical descriptions in the book are too long.
What makes this book stand out?:
The unparalleled bond between humans and animals.

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