- Series: Footprint India Handbook
- Paperback: 1496 pages
- Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; 13 edition (April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904777007
- ISBN-13: 978-1904777007
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,970,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Footprint India Handbook Paperback – April, 2004
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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.