The Rough Guide to India Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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There is a terrific level of detail in this expansive guide... the punchy panels, full of valuable nuggets of background information are especially satisfying (The Irish Times)
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David Abram is an India specialist -- author of The Rough Guide to India, South India and Goa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A couple of criticisms: Rough Guide hotel information can be a little out of date by the time of your visit. Research on updating hotel email addresses and websites should be more thorough, although the publishing schedules for books of this sort make it almost impossible to keep up with the rate of change in a country like India. Also, I think that Rough Guide would benefit more from a Le Routard-style rating system for monuments and cities. Although travelling is highly subjective, more editorial guidance would be helpful for the traveller to distinguish between cities like, for instance, Jodphur and Jaipur. Empirically, there is a massive difference, Jodphur is a much calmer, better-maintained, less-polluted and more hassle-free destination, but you can't really predict this from the guide.Read more ›
Even if you're not travelling in India, this book is fascinating and 'unputdownable'. It covers every aspect of this complex and ancient country in informative, readable sections ranging from history, culture, language, politics through to food, bribes, sex, drugs and Bollywood movies. From personal knowledge I can confirm that this edition has been updated to reflect recent changes (a must since India is currently one of the most rapidly transforming nations on earth) and the intelligent coverage even includes analysis of the effects of the IT and BioMedical science booms on Indian society.
There are others, but this is the essential one. I'd recommend it to anyone, from those horrid chavs one sees gurning it up at Goa nowadays to actual Indian people. Its a great one to keep on the lav and keep dipping into too!
Overall, I took the impression that the Rough Guide is aimed at a slightly different kind of traveller than LP - from the recommended hotels, I would suggest one with quite a bit of money! It is good but it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
The Rough guide equipped you with much information as possible about the country. This includes detailed sections on main attractions, travel tips, visas, shopping, restaurant & bars, accommodation, transport and an insight into the main areas of India. There is so much to do and see in India, as clearly indicated in the guide. The guide is simple and well laid out with concise text, complimented by pictures and diagrams. Although English is widely spoken in India, it is useful if you can speak Hindi in India. There are useful Hindi phases in the glosary section.
Overall, this guide proved to be a valuable aid for my trip to India in February 2007. All the information I need is available in the guide. What better way to kick start a trip to India. I could not ask for any more.
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Awesome that you can get second hand guide books like this for as little as £2, I gave mine to someone in India for the Karma init!
Not sure how I would have survived travelling India without this helpful book.Published 21 months ago by kar01