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Good value for money, but not without flaws,
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This review is from: South India (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides) (Paperback)
I'm a fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks because, when it comes to the backpacker/individual traveller guides, I think they're the best you can get. They do have a lot of practical info and most of the stuff is accurate and helpful. However, I found that you have to approach them with some, say, pinch of salt. In the case of this guide, the I found the prices for accomodation + occassionally sights quite inaccurate (i.e. almost always higher) - I went to India in September 2008. Another thing I found slightly irritating was the language. The vocabulary was much more high-brow and, frankly, showy and exalted (too many superlatives, too many adjectives, etc.), than in the other guides I've used (Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia); my friends found it difficult to use because of this. I could also question the value of eg. some of the eateries recommended in Mumbai and Mysore. However, despite those flaws, I'd still recommend it - only don't treat it as a Bible and follow everything it says, use your mind.
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