Well, books also transport us to different places. Isn't it? In different locations with people of different cultures and customs , in different time - in the past or in the future ...so books is also kind of time travelling and hence the reason.
There are great Travel Guide books like Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Bromon sangi etc of-course to get details on a place. But apart from them there are great novels which along with an interesting story, share a lot of details on a place. Here I am listing down just some of those books which I came across and inspired me to make trips to those places mentioned in the book.
This novel and Prothom Alo (First Light) by the same author provides a lot of information on Kolkata
Kerala , Backwaters of Kerala - particularly Kumarakom
Though I am yet to visit those places like Lobtulia, Fulkia,Baihar mentioned in the book but this book was my inspiration to make a trip to the jungles of Jharkhand. Sal , Mahua forests of Jharkhand matches very much with the description of the forests of Bihar mentioned in the book. In fact, Bibhutibhushan wrote and published Pather Panchali while staying at Ghatshila, a town in Jharkhand.
The story of George Mallory who died attempting to climb Everest in the 1920. Some argues he was the first person to reach Mount Everest but died while descending.
Der Tod in Venedig is a great novel for many reason but it also gives a very great description of Venice.
Some Dan Brown books also provides good description on the places the story is based
Good description of Jakarta, Indonesia
Vivid description of Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Apart from good description of the war scenes in Afghanistan, the book gives very good idea of Gurkha life back at their home in Nepal.
And yes ... this is certainly not the complete list , there are many such great books and in upcoming days we will try to add as many of them possible in the list.