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31 Aug 2001 Lonely Planet Travel Guides
Includes a stunning colour section featuring the highlights of the wonder that is India; a colour section showing the magnificent array of Indian arts and crafts; accommodation and transport options for all budgets; a clear and easy-to-follow section on the delicacies of Indian cuisine; and bargain shopping tips.


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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 9th Revised edition edition (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864502460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864502466
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
254 of 261 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't make India sound too great! 29 Dec 2001
By "mdw408" - Published on Amazon.com
I just returned from a month in India, traveling with both the Lonely Planet (9th ed.) and Rough Guide (3rd ed.) If you are considering a long trip across the breadth of India, I would strongly suggest taking BOTH books. The Lonely Planet is great for practical details (train times, phone numbers, etc.) but spends too much space reviewing individual restaurants and hotels. Even though the book tops out over 1000 pages, the sections devoted to actually explaining the sights and the wonderful culture and history of India are very short.
In contrast, the Rough Guide spends much more space discussing the background and culture of individual locations, and is packed with lots of interesting details not found in the Lonely Planet. The RG spends less space on restaurant/hotel reviews, which was perfectly fine - I'd rather know more about the places I'm visiting than worry how much chicken shahjani costs at some particular restaurant.
The tone and approach of the books are different too - the RG takes a much more optimistic, romantic view of India, while the LP is often so terse and cynical that it doesn't really inspire you to visit many wonderful places.
Get the LP for the listings. Get the RG to appreciate the beauty of India.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guidebook, even for experienced India travelers 28 Nov 2001
By Gary Worthington - Published on Amazon.com
When Lonely Planet India first appeared in 1981, it raised the standard for all India guidebooks in the comprehensiveness of locations covered and the detailed information useful to independent travelers, especially those on lower budgets. Twenty years later, it remains the guidebook I personally rely upon most, despite my familiarity with India from extensive travels since 1980 researching my historical novels such as India Treasures. I first learned about that wonderful nonprofit home-stay organization Servas from a Lonely Planet guide, which led to many of our best experiences in India, including lasting friendships. Although my wife and I aren't backpackers, and we're probably mid-range in terms of the amount we spend on accommodations and food, the book is extremely helpful. It's the most up to date and highly detailed regarding such information as transportation options within India, the scams travelers can encounter, and a wealth of other tips too numerous to get into in a brief review.
Given the India guidebook's thickness and weight, I've found it convenient to cut it into sections and only take the parts with me for the regions I plan to visit. It's still desirable to get supplemental maps for any city or region one plans to spend much time in, as the maps in the book are usually pretty minimal in terms of detail. And other guidebooks do indeed have useful information this one doesn't (browse the travel shelves in your favorite bookstore to find the additional guides most suitable for your own interests and style of travel). I also advocate reading the better novels set in India, to experience insights into daily life that guidebooks can only hint at.
No single guidebook on India can be all things to all persons for all occasions, but this one surely comes the closest, especially for travelers who don't have their arrangements taken care of on organized tours.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent accomplishment, heavy but well worth it 31 July 2002
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on Amazon.com
This edition of "Lonely Planet India" is better than the previous one, which was very very good itself. Despite the immensity of India and the numberless topics and regions that therefore have to be covered, the authors have done an excellent job indeed. Some weaknesses are inevitable, and this is perhaps why this is not one of LP's masterpieces, but it is indeed inevitable for travel guidebooks to be the better, the smaller the region they cover - this is why this book should perhaps be complemented with the individual LP guides to different Indian regions. But in itself, this book does cover most of what a visitor will need or want to know. And in a place that is chaotic and tough for foreigners like India, this may indeed be an essential tool for the less experienced travellers. The coverage of places to stay and eat is absolutely excellent, not just for the major cities but also for minor towns and sites (the authors would indeed seem to have been on every single square foot of land in India !). The section on permits and other legal matters is of immense value to anyone, and well up-to-date. And of course, the sections and special chapters on history, culture, religion, are extremely well written, great for the traveller and the armchair reader alike. Even though the best discoveries are those a traveller will make herself / himself, this guidebook is surely a great tool and help in anyone's discovery of this wonderful land. All in all, a masterpiece despite its limitations. A weakness is of course that things being as they are in India, information is subject to change, and some may have become out-of-date by the time this book was printed. But this is of course inevitable, and it simply means that - as in any country - a traveller should not rely on only a guidebook, but make a considerable effort to grasp as much as possible of current circumstances on her / his own.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful tool 6 Feb 2002
By Neel Aroon - Published on Amazon.com
Lonely planet provied you with a good resouces to navigate through this difficult country. IT provides you with toold such as phone numbers and how to book plane and train tickets. It also gives a great deal of information about history, culture and religion of the India. In addition, it also gives a lot of do and don'ts and what to watch out for.
11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pinch of salt 26 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As mentioned earlier, this book can seem to easy to knock because of its veneration by the wide eyed and uncool. I recommend this book for travel information, ie buses, trains, etc., for the first time visitor. I disrecommend it for its recommendations of hotels and eateries. India is a land overflowing with places to stay and eat, and those mentioned in this book are full of aforementioned hordes of the 'uncool', and correpondingly overpriced.
I also disrecommend it because info on local points of interest leave a little
to be desired, the tone of the authors is often a little smug, and by buying this book you are funding the ruination of hard found havens by the unwashed hippy masses. But I suppose that's inevitable.
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