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LP is not the only game in town.,
This review is from: India (Rough Guide Travel Guides) (Paperback)
There was a time - say, the late 80s - when those of us who travelled to India had a choice between the Lonely Planet guide and ...the Lonely Planet guide. The LP still profit from being the first foot in the door, still sell themselves as the indispensable guide to India.
But this is no longer true. And the competition isn't just Rough Guide either - to my mind the Footprint guide by Bradnock & Bradnock (for once, bona fide experts rather than just kids with more miles than you and me) is far superior to either of these, and the one book worth carrying to India. (E.g. it is terse on restaurants and hotels - basic info and v. short description of what it's like, unlike the LP, which goes on and on about them.)
The LP, to my mind, is a good second choice, as it has quite a bit of practical detail for the major destinations; but it can't hold a candle to the Footprint handbook in terms of depth and breadth of coverage - too many interesting places just aren't covered.