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Lonely Planet India 19 19th Ed. Paperback – May 31 2022
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Lonely Planet’s India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the magnificent monument to love that is the Taj Mahal, climb into the high Himalaya and Ladakh’s moonscapes, and experience the dramatic rock-cut grottoes in the caves of Ajanta; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet’s India Travel Guide:
Up-to-date information - all businesses were rechecked before publication to ensure they are still open after 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak
Top experiences feature - a visually inspiring collection of India’s best experiences and where to have them
What's new feature taps into cultural trends and helps you find fresh ideas and cool new areas
Pull-out, passport-size 'Just Landed' card with wi-fi, ATM and transport info - all you need for a smooth journey from airport to hotel
Planning tools for family travellers - where to go, how to save money, plus fun stuff just for kids
Colour maps and images throughout
Highlightsand itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Essential infoat your fingertips - hours of operation, websites, transit tips, prices
Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
Covers Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata, West Bengal, Sikkim, Northeast States, Gujarat, Odisha, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s India, our most comprehensive guide to India, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.
Looking for just the highlights? Check out Best of India, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, videos, 14 languages, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day.
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- Publisher : Lonely Planet; 19th edition (May 31 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1788683870
- ISBN-13 : 978-1788683876
- Item weight : 999 g
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 4.76 x 19.69 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3 in India Travel Guides (Books)
- #25 in Lonely Planet Guidebook Series
- #85 in Specialty Travel Guides
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The book arrived in a padded envelope which made it look a bit dogeared, fingerprints to the side of the pages too.
Delhi airport pull out card? It's really for people who have never been to an airport before, there's nothing here that you can't find yourself with a bit of research on the internet.
I really just bought this updated 2022 version to see if much has changed over the years. I own one dating back to 2011, my local library has one from a few years back. They are all a bit samey.
Good points? The Amazon price was £6 cheaper than the official Lonely Planet website.
Overall. I'm not recommending it. Even if you did take a guide book with you to India, the last thing you want to do it walk around places like Delhi with it - a bit like walking around with a huge target on your back 'Newbie, come and get me!' You'll attract the touts in no time. If possible, wait for a digital version if you really need this book.
I'll update my review later when I've checked out all the Insider/Local Knowledge/Off the beaten track tip boxes.
Lonely planet lied when they said they have checked all the places for shutdown.
Like all Lonely Planet guides, this book is remarkably comprehensive. It covers all parts of the country. For each destination, it has sections on sightseeing, hotels, eating, and shopping. A section of the book titled “Understand India” has chapters on Indian history, culture, and nature. Another small section has practical information – visas, flights, local transport, mobile phones, etc. – that also includes an introduction to Hindi and Tamil. Many entries have improved compared to the previous editions (see, e.g., Lonavala).
Overall, the book is an excellent companion on a trip to India, and not just if you are new to the country. It has helped me discover many wonderful places in the country, even though I grew up here.
Still, while this book has breadth, it does lack depth. This is perhaps understandable: India is too big to cover in one volume. But this lack of depth limits the book, and could prevent a traveller from an authentic experience. For example, unlike other Lonely Planet country guides, this one doesn’t have a well-developed section on literature and cinema, particularly in Indian languages. In many parts, tourist destinations that the locals would consider as the most important, are completely missing. This is the case, for instance, with all the historic and impressive forts of Maharashtra and the hiking trails in the Sahyadri. Sometimes, misleading language is used. This is the case, as an example, when photos of a few temples are labelled “Lost Civilisations”. (I’d rather they’d written “Living Civilisation”.) In cities like Mumbai, important venues of musical concerts and Indian-language theatre are missing.
So this book is recommended. But if you really are interested in India, make sure to also complement it with Indian publications and advice from knowledgable locals.