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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2010
I am going to travel India for the second time. Last time I took the paperback version of this title and I found it very helpful and informative although it was a hefty tomb.
For my next trip I wanted something lighter I could read on the iPad so I was delighted to find the Lonely Planet guide was available for the kindle so I purchased it.
Unfortunately I will have to take the paperback with me as the kindle version just does not work. As a reference book it was useless as you cannot easily find the page you want. This is identical to the hard copy version without being able to bookmark pages and poor indexing.
It should go back to the drawing board and be reissued with a proper menu system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I used this book while living in India and doing weekend trips. The book was very useful. It helped me find good accomondation and good food. The book was not helpful when it came to navigation. The maps in the book are not accurate and not good enough for navigation. I would not got to India without this book as support in my backpack.

One last thought...the book is heavy. You might be better off buying the thinner books from Lonely Planet covering only parts of India.
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I have used Lonely Planet guides for years and have always found them a sound base on which to build a trip. However they are not always as well researched or as accurate as you think they are. On a recent rip to India the guide said a local temple was off limits to non-Hindu's, so we didn't plan to visit it, as much as we wanted too. We later spoke to a local man who said that we could go in with no problem, which we did, and had a fantastic experience. This change was not a recent development, so it just confirmed what is common sense really: any guide is just that, a guide. Always check things out yourself.
Some of the hotel and restaurant descriptions are limited or inaccurate, but again, these are guides. They can't research every hotel or eatery, and the wealth of information contained in these books makes them an absolute must for all but the most experienced traveller. A great guide to build the foundation of your trip, and really does give a sense of security when in strange places, but don't be afraid to go beyond it's recommendations regularly : )

Overall, highly recommended, and still the only guide I'd use, or that I ever see in the hands of other travellers.
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on 18 July 2011
India is a jam-packed enormous country full of things to see and do and due to that this has got to be the biggest, thickest, heaviest country guide book that has EVER been published! It covers all areas and regions and I would imagine it is due to its Gigantial size that some of the information has had to be compacted and a little more reduced. The Lonely Planet also publish guides to separate areas and regions of India so, if you are going to one specific place, considering the weight of this book, I would recommend using a guide to that particular area, rather than this whole country edition. If you are travelling around, it is probable you will have no choice but to hump this door stop of a book around with you!
Trying to avoid the size of this book, I did try out a couple of other guide books to India... they just proved to be costly experiments - this is by far the most fully comprehensive guide book there is to India, for the independent traveller.
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on 26 November 2010
I'm writing this review in my hotel room in Jaipur and this is about half-way through my trip so you could say I really am writing from first hand experience

I am reviewing the 13th edition published in September 2009 so beware of the reviews prior to this date must as these must be for a previous edition.

I have been a happy Lonely Planet user since my first trip to India some 27 years ago and although this edition does still contain lots of very useful information, it does contain a lot of errors, omissions and quite frankly, a fair bit of the information is simply out of date. Great for a book which on it's spine claims to be "100% Researched and Updated" and published in late 2009.

Even knowing the errors and shortcomings in this edition, I think I would still buy it, but also probably buy another from a different publisher to fill in the gaps and correct the errors in this edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2010
Great value for money, much cheaper than buying in store. A really useful and comprehensive guide.
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on 9 January 2011
I bought a paper copy of this last year. Excellent information, but agree with others that it is too heavy if you are backpacking. My solution was drastic - I took a sharp knife to the binding and used gaffer tape. But this year I have a Kindle, so I can take the whole book and a lot of others for minimal weight. Certainly think that if you are a regular traveller you should think about this. Just remember to take a plug adaptor!
One comment on the Kindle content - maps are not easy to see as they are broken up into sections. While you can view each section well you have to go back to scroll to the next section. And if there are two sections on a page, one above the other, they actually show the ones that should be side by side. Very confusing!
I still feel that I'd rather take a Kindle with me than the paper book.
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on 29 January 2011
Contrary to other comments I am finding it quite easy to navigate - you just have to practise! However, the 'click here' links for more information on topics do not work - they just take you to another random page. This is very disappointing. Also be aware that although the maps are included, there are no pictures.
The maps are very small scale and even when enlarged they are not easy to read. Some of them are split up to make them more legible - better, but fiddly trying to work out where you are in the grand scheme of things.
You can bookmark pages but again it's a bit fiddly - I'l get the hang of it eventually.
In spite of this it beats carrying around the paperback version.
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on 20 January 2010
I bought this item before traveling to India for first time. It was reliable in regard of booking places to stay, which I booked beforehand online. The book itself is rather heavy, so if you travel only within the North India it's worth byuing the 'North India' (or 'South India) guide instead of carrying the heavy bulk book. Anyway I took this book to India with me and it was very useful,especially the maps of cities or states or just the recommendations of what to see in certain places...
Not a bad purchase.

Ewa, 20th Jan 2010.
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on 4 June 2011
I was looking for a information on travelling by train in India as well as recommended hotels and restaurants. I knew before I bought it that it weight 1Kg so I was hesitating a bit, but since the book arrived I have managed to get so much info out of it so Iam glad I did get it. However I don't think I'll bring it to India with me.If I have comment to make is that it lacks a bit on maps otherwise is a very good buy.
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