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India (Footprint India Handbook) Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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Special features include objective recommendations of where to stay - from Maharajas' palaces to rustic beaches and 1001 ways to get off the beaten track together with insights into Indian culture.
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The advantage of this book is that it covers a lot more ground than any of the other ones I've seen. Robert Bradnock is a geography professor and brings a depth of knowledge of the country that the usual 'professional backpackers' at Lonely Planet simply don't have. The book is primarily geared to people travelling by car and who have the time to explore an area in-depth - and most definitely to travellers who want to really get off the beaten track and learn a few things about the economy and society of the area.
On the other hand, this book doesn't give you detailed descriptions of hotels and restaurants or all that much information on railway/bus options. So if you're mainly interested in finding the best beach bar in Goa, the most convenient hotel in Pushkar, or the location of the bus station in Madurai, by all means buy LP and give this one a miss. Your loss.
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There is great coverage of smaller towns in all regions of the country, something that is invaluable if you're spending an extended period of time in the country. Almost every time I'd be overnighting in some obscure town as part of a bus journey, I'd at least find a paragraph or two, which saved the day more than once.
The maps are great. The most readable I've seen in any guidebook. The detailed maps of the whole country in the back were extremely useful.
The background section was also the most in-depth I've seen among India guidebooks. Very good.
All in all, this is definitely the best guidebook to use for India. One of the biggest benefits of it though, is that it isn't very popular. If Lonely Planet says a place is cheap, you can guarantee they've quadrupled their price since then. Footprint India really helps you stay off the beaten tourist path... I rarely had encounters with other travellers... almost all of my time was spent with locals, and the Footprint guide is definitely geared towards that. Most of the hotels reviewed aren't backpacker-focused (though those are there), but are mostly used by locals travelling for various reasons.