India has a long history of conquests and the rise and fall of various empires and dynasties, the longest lasting being that of Muslim origin. The history of Jaipur itself is not as extensive, but nevertheless interesting. In  History of Jaipur, which owes much of its success to its founder Sawat Jai Singh in 1727, author Jaduneth Sarkar uses primary documents and interviews to fully round out the history of this city to its present day. 

Doubtless, the most famous Indian is Guatama Buddha, a man born in 623 B.C. in Lumbini, who has since become idolized and worshiped by masses of devoted cultists throughout India.  The Historical Buddha, by H. W. Schumann tells his story. 

Delhi, Agrah, and Jaipur: India's Golden Triangle is one of a series of Indian guidebooks (this one written by Louise Nicholson), aimed at informing the reader about the history, culture, and travel opportunities available in the area. Travels on My Elephant, by Mark Shand, is a travelogue about, what else? Travels in India on his elephant!

For a personal look at the life of India royalty, read A Princess Remembers: the Memoirs of the Maharni of Jaipur, by Gayatri Devi.

There is a cache of fiction titles with India as a setting. Perhaps one of the most famous is the classic,  Far Pavillions, by M.M. Kaye. This book evokes the days of early British occupation of the country. So does Passage to India, by E.M. Forster. A well-written children's classic, which has its start in India, is The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site