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, Kerala and Goa. New to this edition is a chapter on the vibrant city of Kolkata
(Calcutta), in northeastern India, known as the intellectual and artistic capital of the country.
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 (Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra) and various add-ones, making trip-planning easy. Each
chapter contains "Top Reasons" to go, a spotlight on regional cuisine, and regional planning and
DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Essential 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.
COVERAGE INCLUDES: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Kolkata, and more.
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