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Kids at the bazaar in India
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 raja's 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 jeep safari to look for tigers or elephants, staying in a raja's palace, visiting Hindu temples, houseboat cruise in Kerala, or seeing the incomparable Taj Mahal, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip for your family:

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Tales from India
Jamila Gavin, Amanda Hall

"Before the world began, there was only a white sea of milk. Floating on the sea of milk was a single lotus flower." Fabulous Hindu cosmic stories, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, gods of light and darkness, beloved Ganesh, demon kings, divine princesses, and great floods. (Illustrated chapter book)


Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali
Jatinder Verma, Nilesh Mistry

The Festival of Lights, Diwali, remembers Rama's victory over Ravana. In this retelling of the Ramayana, Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and his wife Sita are exiled to the forest. When Sita is kidnapped by the demon Ravana, Rama calls upon the monkey king, Hanuman, to rescue Sita. (Chapter book)

For books about how the festival is celebrated with fireworks, offerings, special oil lamps and foods: Diwali (Celebrate the World)


The Conch Bearer adventure kids india  
The Conch Bearer
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Anana, a tea shop attendant, is entrusted with a magic conch. Accompanied by a sweeper girl, Nishi, they journey from Kolkata (Calcutta) to a hidden valley high in the Himalayas, hunted by the evil Surabhanu. A story of magic and myth is intertwined with illuminating descriptions of present-day India. (Chapter book)

The adventure continues in The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming.


A Crazy Day with Cobras
Tigers at Twilight
(Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Two magic tree house adventures, set in India. Jack and Annie are whirled back in time to Moguls, where they meet Shah Jahan and search for an emerald shaped like a rose. In the second adventure, the kids swing in the trees with the monkeys, ride on the back of an elephant, and help an injured tiger in the jungle. (Easy reader)


india kids books Taj Mahal  
Taj Mahal
Elizabeth Mann

Wonderful overview of the Taj Mahal – life in Mogul India, love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, how the Taj Mahal was built, details of exquisite inlay work and calligraphic designs in the tomb. Two page spread of the complex and rich historical illustrations. (Chapter book)

Also excellent chapter book: Where Is the Taj Mahal?


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?
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)


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
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas  
Captain Coconut & The Case of the Missing Bananas
Anushka Ravishankar, Priya Sundram

Wacky, funny adventures of detective Captain Coconut. After an urgent phone call, he hops on his scooter, and goes to the home of Mrs. Y. Yesterday she bought bananas, and four are missing – it's a slippery trail to follow. An original story by Indian poet Anushka Ravishankar, marvelous collages! (Graphic novel)



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)


Festival of Colors
Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal, Vashti Harrison

Holi, 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)


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)


(More children's books on other India pages)
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