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Product Details

  • Series: Footprint India Handbook
  • Paperback: 1407 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 13 edition (July 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904777007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904777007
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,429,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bumpy Jonas on January 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I spent two months backpacking through India in the summer of 2003, and the Footprint guide was tremendous. I also brought the Rough Guide to India, but Footprint was much more useful (though both blew away Lonely Planet!).

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.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juice Box Hero on March 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I spent several weeks in 2004 traveling through India using only this guide. The hotel listings were very helpful and even a relative that accompanied me on my travels (who is a cosmopolitan native) was impressed at the hotels we found for very reasonable rates and convenient locations. I always asked to view the room before checking in because my standards vary from their standards, but this book gave me a great headstart on which hotels to visit. If I didn't agree with their recommendation, I always found a similar hotel. It is a bit thin on the history and culture, for which I suggest a Fodor's.
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