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Indian Himalaya Footprint Handbook (includes Corbett National Park, Darjeeling, Leh, Sikkim) [Hardcover]

Vanessa Betts , Victoria McCulloch
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Book Description

10 Feb 2014 Footprint Handbook
Revered the world over, the Indian Himalaya provide a unique experience and stunning backdrop for any explorer and have been capturing the imagination of travelers for centuries. The 3rd edition Indian Himalaya Handbook will help travellers get the most from this diverse and sometimes demanding region. Footprint's completely updated travel guide to the Indian Himalaya is indispensible to visitors who want to be wowed by rugged beauty and inspired by the unique culture of the people that live here.

* Great coverage of responsible travel and the Himalayan Environment Trust Code of Practice, as well as essential advice on the best time of year to travel
* Loaded with information and suggestions on how to get off the beaten track, from trekking and climbing to cycling and yoga
* Includes comprehensive listings from From Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttar Pradesh, to the Himalaya in Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Zanskar, to Darjeeling and Sikkim, in the Eastern Himalaya.
* Plus all the usual accommodation, eating and drinking listings for every budget
* Full-colour planning section to inspire travellers and help you find the best experiences

Fully updated, Footprint's Indian Himalaya Handbook is packed with all the information you'll need to get the best out of this spectacular region.

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  • Hardcover: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides; 3rd Revised edition edition (10 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907263888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907263880
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Vanessa Betts is a writer and editor from England. She went to India in 1997, as the first stop on a round-the-world ticket, and then found out that nowhere else could quite compare. After time spent living and working in Australia, Egypt and England she has been based in India, chiefly in Kolkata, since March 2006.
Victoria McCulloch is a nomad currently calling Goa home. Armed with a laptop and a yoga mat, she plies her trade as freelance journalist and Kundalini Yoga teacher. She first ventured to India in 1997, but has been living in the 'motherland' for the last seven years and can now only drink her tea with masala in it. Victoria has also been influenced by the music and chanting in India and is recording her second mantra album.

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Having spent nearly four months in the region I would say this book is trying too hard to do too much and as a result is a poor travel companion. Delhi and Kolcotta are merely stop offs for a typical traveller to the Himalaya and do not require or deserve so much coverage. A book called the India Himalaya should detail some of the astounding treks and terrain but these are hardly mentioned given the context of the title. The town maps are poor and the Information on prices and facilities are too much out of date for such a recent publication.

Furthermore, the regional differences within J&K are extreme but nothing is mentioned about this. For example, the food styles and cultural identities across the region are extremely varied. In Ladakh, there is a pronounced Tibetan theme to the cuisine and lifestyle but the book focuses on indian curries almost as though it just cut and pasted from a more generic India travel guide. It is also quite trite to convey Ladake as some hippy outpost. It is a vibrant and progressive region with an extraordinary cultural backdrop and containing bright, ambitious people. I have wondered if the writers spent much time if any here or if they just called up a few friends for information to spit back out again.

I have never written a book review but for the money this guide has not been helpful and has mostly remained in the bag while I worked things out for myself. Mind you, none of the guide books really are very well considered for this amazing, dynamic and extremely varied place that is and is not India all at once.
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