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  • Paperback: 1236 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 12th Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741043085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741043082
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a freelance travel writer with my name in some 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks. You can normally find me in Cape Town or London between assignments, turning my travels into articles for the likes of BBC.com (e.g. http://tinyurl.com/3zrnoey), the Guardian (see http://tinyurl.com/n5z3eq), the Times and the Australian. Follow my adventures and deadline angst at http://twitter.com/jamesbains.

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Lonely Planet guides are a must-pack" --Toronto Star, February 2006

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By 101 on 24 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
and the best guide I've come across for India. Packed with detail and a reasonable cultural/ historical introduction. Maps are great, the timetables are pretty accurate, the opening times and prices are correct...

There are some very bad LP guides out there. Vietnam springs to mind. But LP India has been consistently good throughout the years. I think I've used 4 versions of the guidebook and have been pleased with the improvements everytime.

Obviously the negativities are that it is pretty big but how else are you supposed to cram in all that information.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Hazan on 4 April 2009
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Given the size of India, and the sheer number of things to do see and smell, a book that covers the entire country will always have to make compromises, but LP have done a good job with this guide.

This is a BIG book, so it is not really necessary unless you intend to travel widely across the country. Regional guides would be a lot better for just the north or south.

I did however, find this book to be very useful. I Also saw the Rough guide a lot. Whilst I thought that the RG was a far more detailed and stimulating read in terms of history and background, the LP won when it came to listings, maps and transport connections- which in India are far more useful in the road. Also, the RG has gone a bit upmarket, which is great for some, but this has left few budget options. The LP however always gives good cheap loging and eating.

Creating a detailed guide for all India would result in a 12 volume encyclopedia, even condensed, this guide looks like War and Peace. Inevitably this results in many off the beaten track places being left out, the section on NE India for instance is a bit rubbish. Some extra explanations would be nice (the blurb on the Taj Mahal is tiny) But on the whole, this is a good guide.

Overall, a good crack at a hard job, but would not suit short term travellers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soo Broo VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2009
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How do you cram an entire sub-continent into one guide that doesn't take up your whole luggage allowance?

Well, Lonely Planet have managed to do just that. This is a lovely fat juicy book, brimming with invaluable details for planning a trip and, I think, the best guide by far. Excellent maps, transport information, history, culture, arts, food and a wealth of other detail makes it extremely comprehensive.

It is a pretty weighty tome, which would take up a small corner of your suitcase or rucksack, but if you're planning a trip to India, you really should make room for it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Freeman on 7 Oct. 2007
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An absolute must for India! Not exactly space saving, but dont go to India without it.
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The historical information is good and the maps are useful. Everything else, even then, was outdated. For hotel and eating information, ignore Lonely Planet books. By the time you get to the recommended establishment, the prices will have doubled and the quality will have worsened. Ask people or find places yourself rather than going by this book.
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