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India (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Flexibound – September 9, 2002
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The photographs, plans and descriptions are so well done that I am reading it as I would a novel, reveling in every page!
I am learning so much about the land of my birth through this book.
Thanks to the writers and the editor for a magnificent job.
This book is a good supplimental travel guide. If you have a guide, or on a guided tour, this is a nice book as it gives you detailed information like culture and history. But if you are someone who likes to drop into the city and find a place to stay, and figure your way around the area, this is not your book. As some have mentioned, list of hotels, restaurants, and travel means are very limited, if not completely missing. I have to say that this book was not useful to me.
After traveling through central/northern parts of India, except for rural parts of India, you can pretty much get anything in Delhi or Mumbai that you can pick up in other parts of India, thanks to improvement in transportation, and inexpensive communications. You can often find pay phone to call any part of india for well under 1rs, and almost everyone has a mobile now.
Nice pictures. When approached by several 'offical tour guides', this book was all that I needed.
Cultural information, such as famous cuisines and so forth are nice. (See below for cons)
Slim information on big cities. I stayed in Delhi and Mumbai and information was too little. I would prefer more words then nice pictures.
Some cultural information is pretty uselesss. So you know the cuisine, but how do you know where to eat it in a big city like Mumbai or Delhi.
Please do however give the correct names for the editors of the 2 Eyewitness travel titles on India. The editor of the Delhi, Agra Jaipur Eyewitness Guide is Aruna Ghose. The editor of the India Eyewitness Travel Guide is Nandini Mehta.
I look forward to reading reviews of these titles by your readers.
Very nice pictures of all main touristic attractions can help you decide what you want to see and where you want to go. It really inspires traveling there.
I first owned the Lonely Planet which is much better at giving you recommended itineraries and routes to get to specific places, as well as cheap but comfortable hotels, but which lacks the visual part to help decide where to go in the first place.
Both guides are quite heavy and rather inconvenient to carry on a trip. I would recommend making photocopies of important pages only to take with you.
Unlike other guides, you are likely to read this one again after your trip to see what you missed, what you want to visit next, compare the pictures you took...this is a good investment.
Why only 4 stars ? Well, the restaurants section is unnecessary in my opinion (especially because it lacks maps to tell you where there are), and the price categories of hotels are too imprecise and sometimes wrong (some hotels double their prices during the peak season).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I used it on my first India trip years ago and I still use it as reference after many trips to India. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lin Amee
Maybe a little heavy to carry around, but full of good information. I found that many places in the book were unknown by locals, so it helped me get an insider's perspective. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adam
I admit being particularly fond of this travel book collection... But this is yet another excellent one. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Pierre Lamy
Was pleased with product and service condition was ad described thanks older edition of a very old country so doesn't matter. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by maddie
I was looking for a comprehensive guide to India with pictures! And boy is it comprehensive! If I ever go, this will definitely be a big help!Published on December 31, 2012 by Smile8
This was a good deal on a guidebook. It was just what I needed and arrived in a flash! Good product and good service.Published on February 5, 2012 by Pearl Buttons