India is a country of vibrant and enticing contrasts: exquisite palaces are juxtaposed against simple temples, and modern high-tech industry coexists with ancient customs and rituals. There's much to see and do in this vast and geographically diverse country, and "Fodor's Essential India" covers the must-see sights better than anyone else.
Expanded Coverage: India is changing rapidly, and this guide includes the best new hotels, restaurants, and more in its vibrant cities and stunning countryside, from Delhi and Rajasthan to Mumbai and Goa. New to this edition is popular Kerala, in southwestern India, known for its beaches and lush backcountry.
Illustrated Features: Full-color, illustrated features on the iconic Taj Mahal, the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges, and the amazing cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora give travelers a deeper understanding of these historic sites. The "Portrait of India" chapter, with illustrated sections on modern society, religion, food, dance, music, and shopping, provides insight into contemporary Indian life as well as the past.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools A full-color, 12-page feature on getting around India includes indispensible information on buses, trains, taxis, and rickshaws, along with tipping information and an easy- to-use Travel Times Chart. Great Itineraries cover the Golden Triangle and various add-ones, making trip-planning easy. Each chapter contains Top Reason to go, a spotlight on regional cuisine, and regional planning and transportation advice.
Discerning Recommendations: "Fodor's India" offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.