This is literally the 'best looking' book I've ever seen. To be honest, I'm cheating a little there, as that was actually said by my boss when I showed her my copy of the book!
Once open the true beauty is really found. Original in layout and format, the book begins with a brief introduction, describing a place that may or may not be familiar to many, but quickly moves onto give first hand accounts spanning a few centuries which, even to those who may consider themselves ardent experts, would find fascinating and very surprising. We should stop and admire the great eloquence of language and textual detail used by those travellers of the British Raj. Here the preliminary act ends, leaving the audience ready for the main event.
Paintings, frescos and photography synthesised to produce a time portal into the past, are laid out on the high quality canvas. It is as if you were the proud owner of these relics yourself. Literally a museum of a book, with the attendents posing as small indexed numbers dotted around the page, corresponding to a final tour at the end of the book by the curator themselves, where every image is indexed in `21st century style' web-wise thumbnails, with accompanying synopsises.
To finish, an original plan view of the complex ingeniously captioned so that the aforementioned images can be related to the specific spot from which an observer would be facing.
All in all, a complete museum/theatre like experience in book form. One to go and watch over and over again. (and at minimum to make your bookshelf sparkle ;)