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Traveling to India with kids is an extraordinary experience. Our children, our family, were treated like national treasures. And what a fascinating country – from the dazzling palaces to a local bazaar, a swirling kaleidoscope of colors and people, smells and tastes.
    Agra – Taj Mahal


    Ride the trainsTrain rides in India are an experience. Here’s what my kids said, "Indian trains give you a lot more room but the furniture has more holes and it isn’t shiny. There were bunks and it was fun to lie on them and pretend you were asleep. We had a whole compartment to ourselves."
Tip: Read our blog post about one of India's most popular holidays, special foods, children's books: "Celebrate Diwali: Festival of lights"
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A trip to India is a dazzling and fascinating adventure that will stay with your family forever. Whether it's a jungle safari to look for tigers, staying in a raja's palace, visiting Hindu temples, houseboat cruise in Kerala, hiking in the Himalayas, enjoying seeing incomparable Taj Mahal, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip for your family:

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festival of colors childrens book india  
Festival of Colors
Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal, Vashti Harrison

Holi is a spring festival celebrated in India. Family, friends and neighbors toss powdered colors and water on each other (what fun is that!), and enjoy holiday foods, singing and dancing. (Picture book)


My Incredible India
Jasbinder Bilan, Nina Chakrabarti

Take a journey around India today with Thara and her Nanijee – each object is a story about people, arts, islands, cities, wildlife, festivals. A tuk-tuk like ones in Delhi, puppet from Rajasthan, sketches of cave paintings, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ticket, Chennai dance anklets, spices from Bhubaneswar, Punjab peacock feather, model rocket from Space Centre. (Picture book)


my incredible india
its diwali  
It's Diwali
Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal, Archana Sreenivasan

Count your way through traditions and delicious treats of Diwali.

Three, four rangoli on the floor.
Five, six, light the diya wicks.
Seven, eight jalebis on a plate.

Rangoli are designs made with chalk or flowers. Diya are oil lamps. Jalebis are a sweet fried dessert. (Picture book)


Who Was Gandhi?
Dana Meachen Rau

Illustrated biography of Mohandas Gandhi, the great nationalist and spiritual leader of India, who championed independence from the British, aided the poor, and unified the nation. (Illustrated chapter book)


who was gandhi?
where is the taj mahal  
Where Is the Taj Mahal?
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Excellent introduction to the Taj Mahal and life in the Mogul kingdom, Agra at the time of Shah Jahan, building the tomb for his beloved wife, plus hidden gem facts three globes on top of the dome represent humans, animals, and angels. (Chapter book)

Also richly illustrated picture book: Taj Mahal


Tiger Boy
Mitali Perkins

In a Bengal tiger reserve on the Sunderban islands, a tiger cub has escaped, and a wealthy poacher seeks to capture it. Young Neel and his sister are determined to find the cub first – they know the island better than anyone. Where would a tiger cub hide? (Chapter book)


tiger boy
manjhi moves a mountain  
Manjhi Moves a Mountain
Nancy Churnin, Danny Popovici

True story of Manjhi, who lives in a poor village on the other side of a mountain, without access to doctors, schools, markets. But Manjhi has an idea – to build a road through the mountain, with only a hammer and chisel. And he did it, though it took 22 years! (Picture book)


The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal, Jess Golden

Go for a fun ride on a tuk tuk through a town in India. People jump on and off, squish in together, stop for a moo-moo-cow, sip chai (tea) and munch on poppa-doppa-doms, fireworks go pop pop pop. Tuk tuk rides in India are just like this! (Picture book)


the wheels on the tuk tuk
a gift for amma  
A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India
Mira Sriram, Mariona Cabassa

A girl searches for a special gift for her mother at the outdoor marketplace. So many choices – orange spices and marigolds for a garland, blue sari fabric and bangles, pink lotus and sweets soaked in ghee, plus photos of Chennai market, and notes about markets around the world. Celebration of color! (Picture book)



Eight sparkling tales with Prince Veera and his best friend Suku – The Case of the Greedy Moneylender, All's Well with Mango Pickles, Gray Elephants and Five Fools, Who Stole the Laddus? and more. (Illustrated chapter book)

More stories: A Sliver of the Moon and a Shard of Truth


where three oceans meet  
Where Three Oceans Meet
Rajani Larocca, Archana Sreenivasan

Travel with Sejal, her mother and grandmother to the southern tip of India. They visit temples and extended family, take a boat ride down winding river, shop for bangles and bright clothes, eat delicious food (dosas with potatoes and onions, lemon pickle, sugar and ghee), and arrive at Kanyakumari, where three oceans meet. Beautifully illustrated! (Picture book)


Priti Birla Maheshwari, Ashley Barron

Riding the trains, at a stop, mother and daughter get in line for chai (tea). The chaiwala makes their tea - grinding spices, adding tea leaves and sugar, pouring the steaming tea back and forth. Ahhh. (Picture book)

Tip: On our travels in India, we ordered many cups of tea just like this book!


india our world meera sriram  
India (Our World)
Meera Sriram, Neethi

Spend a day in India. “Namaste!” Wake up to song of a myna bird, it's hot and sticky, time for a bath. After getting dressed, kala tika dot on face for good luck. Breakfast is dal (lentils or beans) and rice. Walking along, count a cow, birds, mango trees in Hindi. Play hide and seek with Ma's beautiful red, blue, gold, and green sari. At the end of the day, Ma sings a sweet lullaby, good night! (Board book)


Living in ... India
Chloe Perkins, Tom Woolley

Kids can read for themselves about India, home to more than a billion people with many different languages. Spend the day with Nisha, meet her family, go to school, learn about the history of India, British colonialism and independence, play cricket and eat typical Indian snacks and food. (Easy reader)


living in india
P Is for Poppadoms!
Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal, Hazel Ito

India today from A to Z, " A is for aam (mango), B is for bandar (monkey), C is for chai" - colorful collages and fun facts about people and places, food, wildlife, music, sports, stories, languages, yoga, and more. (Picture book)


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