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  • Paperback: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 11th Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740596943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740596947
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Sandvei on 25 May 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is not only by far the best guide to India that you will ever find. It is also the best Lonely Planet guide I have ever read (I have 6 other LP guides). Everything you will ever need in your traveling through India is written in this guide, and every aspect seem covered. There is a reason why every single traveler in India has this book, and this might be the only weakness: if you follow this guide, you will follow an already taken path in a country, that provides plenty of possibilities for the opposite. But that will be the case with any guide, so go ahead and get the best one available, this one!
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This guide was brilliant it saw me through my travels and got me safely on the right buses and into a hotel when nobody spoke english. I have never had a bad lonely planet and its important to buy the most up to date one, as they have bus times and all sorts which are invaluable when you can't get an answer for love nor money. As a single girl in India, my advice is never go anywhere without it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NR on 19 Sept. 2007
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This book is very thick and heavy. Not the most practical of travel books. But makes a good pillow!!
The information is not so bad if you want to stay within the LP community. But the maps are invaluable when you turn up in a new town at 6am in the morning without a clue.
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By Nick J on 28 Oct. 2012
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The book arrived in good time and was in good condition. Although a few years out of date I found the information very useful, although I'm glad I didn't pay the full price for it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
AS MUCH ABOUT TOURISM IN INDIA AS CAN BE PACKED INTO A BOOK 23 July 2006
By Denis Benchimol Minev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is almost a crime to try to fit a great country such as India into a one volume guidebook. However, being such the understandable proposition -- tourists are unlikely to want to carry many guides -- this guidebook does a very nice job of putting it all together.

There are very interesting historical section which are often deeper than what one would get from a local tourist guide. It covers all the major attractions (at least in the places I visited) and gives the tourist a good idea about the culture, history and socio-economic conditions of the places being visited. The list of hotels, restaurants and places to go out at night is quite current, as of July 2006.

It is the only guidebook I used in India, so I cannot compare, but this is quite a good guide that is unlikely to let you down.
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It's not about the book. 10 Dec. 2006
By Simon Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A couple months ago I decided to go travelling. I wasn't really sure where to, I just needed a change. In the end I decided on India, because I've never been, and I'd always heard what a great place it was to go.

I didn't take much; a backpack, some clothes, and the Lonely Planet Guide to India. To be honest, I didn't even start reading it until I got on the plane. What I discovered was that it wasn't just something you read once, it's something to have with you the whole time.

Whatever your plans, the chances are you're going to lose your way or make mistakes or just change your mind, and that's where this book is essential. It's like The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy - no matter what need you're in, it has an answer for you. Maps, essential sites, local customs, everything you need to get by in this incredible country.

At first, I wasn't sure if I could manage by myself. You realise how much you rely on other people for so much. I found myself retreating, thinking about home, wanting to go back. But then I'd pick up the Lonely Planet, and find something to do, somewhere to go. And soon I was relying on it less and less, and after a while, hardly at all. Before I knew it, I'd been gone two months and hadn't thought about home in weeks. The book isn't India, it's a way in.

Over the course of my time away, the only thing I came back with that I took with me was this book; everything else I left behind; I realised in the end nothing else really mattered.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Essential 1 Feb. 2006
By S. Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you plan to go to India whether on a guided tour or your own, get this book. I just got back from India, and this book had everything spot on. Our guide has been leading tours in India and Nepal for 12 years and said that he thought this was the best guide for India he's seen.

You will enjoy the trip a lot more if you read up on the history, culture, and sections on each place you are visiting. Knowing what to expect will help you avoid the culture shock many people experience arriving in India.

No guide has it all, and this one missed one thing. Do not mail anything from your hotel. The bell captains take the mail, steam off your stamp, and resell it. Unfortunately, we found out about this after we mailed our postcards.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
madam ,everything is possible in India... 23 Mar. 2006
By kika - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although we found this guide book very helpful for trains, buses and places to go to, We've been to many places where the book only lists the big hotels and not the nice and cozy guest houses We've eventually found on our own. Many travelers that We've met on the road were looking for the same thing: nice guest houses and not big huge hotels.Also there are fast changes in India that Lonely planet should be informed about. We did for some of these changes but it was ignored. This new one did not have any of the changes we wrote to them about.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Strongly recommended to anyone planning to visit any part of this remarkable country either for business or for pleasure 4 May 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This expanded and updated eleventh edition of India is the result of considerable research and study by Lonely Planet's expert staff including Sarina Singh and ten associates. India is an comprehensive and highly portable 1140-page paperback guide to the diverse country of India. Introducing travelers to a significant grasp of Indian culture and land, India offers readers a "user-friendly" reference for best accommodations for budget, historical information, lesser known locations such as national parks, remote tribal villages and serene secluded mountain treks, comprehensive understandings of Indian cuisine, and transportation information with over 200 precise maps. India from Lonely Planet is very strongly recommended to anyone planning to visit any part of this remarkable country either for business or for pleasure.
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