Berlitz India: Handbook

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Berlitz Handbook India is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to this fascinating destination, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities unique to India – from spotting tigers to stretching at a yoga retreat, or joining in the celebrations at a colorful festival.

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Overview

Berlitz Handbook India is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to this fascinating destination, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities unique to India – from spotting tigers to stretching at a yoga retreat, or joining in the celebrations at a colorful festival.

The guide starts with a rundown of India’s Top 25 Attractions, ranging from the splendors of the Taj Mahal to the atmospheric Varanasi ghats. In the Trip Planner you’ll find itineraries outlining how best to maximise your time in the sub-continent, whether you have two weeks to travel India’s “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan, or five weeks to explore the heights of the Himalaya.

The Places Section tackles each of India’s regions in turn – starting with the historic but forward-looking capital of Delhi and finishing up in the lush backwaters of Kerala. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and features everything you’ll need to know about the sights and attractions in the area as well as maps to help you get around and carefully chosen listings of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and get active. The Places section is interspersed with fully mapped tours, suggesting walks including around the Red Fort and Qutb Minar sites in Delhi and among the atmospheric ruins of Hampi, and Cultural Spreads that give a striking insight into an element of India’s artistic, popular or religious culture, from Bollywood in Mumbai to pilgrimages in the northwest Himalaya.

Further practical advice is provided in a chapter dedicated to accommodations, transportation, health and safety, money and budgeting, responsible travel, and family holidays. The Setting the Scene chapter is devoted to India’s historical and cultural background, plus information on the country’s cuisine.
Finally, a handy 8-page Phrasebook section provides a wealth of language expertise for which the Berlitz brand is famous.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812689061
  • Publisher: APA Publications Services
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Berlitz Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,413,200
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Abram is a freelance author and photographer specializing in India. He first visited the country in the early 1980s, since when he has written more than a dozen guides to the country, and contributed numerous items for radio and magazines. He spends a couple of months researching in the subcontinent each year, these days with a couple of toddlers in tow.

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Table of Contents

Top 25 Attractions
Country Fact File           
Trip Planner           
           

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
The Gods at Play          
Riding the Rails          
Into the Wild          
Mountain Highs          
The Perfect Beach          
Yoga and Ayurveda          

PLACES                      
Getting Your Bearings          

Delhi          
Old Delhi           
New Delhi          
Red Fort          
South Delhi          
Qutb Minar          
Listings           
   

Northern Plains          
Punjab and Haryana           
Uttar Pradesh           
Music of the North          
Bihar          
Listings

          
The Northwest Himalaya          
Himachal Pradesh           
Ladakh          
Kashmir          
The Chota Char Dhams          
Uttarakhand          
Listings   

        
Rajasthan and Gujarat          
Jaipur          
Eastern Rajasthan          
Western Rajasthan          
Southern Rajasthan          
Desert Threads          
Gujarat          
Listings     

      
Mumbai and Central India          
Mumbai          
Maharashtra          
Bollywood          
Madhya Pradesh          
Listings         

  
Goa          
Central Goa          
Old Goa          
North Goa          
South Goa          
Listings         

Kolkata and Northeast India          
Kolkata          
West Bengal          
Orissa          
Durga Puja          
Northeast Hill States          
Listings           
         

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh          
Karnataka          
Hampi          
Andhra Pradesh          
Listings     

      
Tamil Nadu and the Andaman Islands          
Tamil Nadu          
The Andaman Islands          
Listings       

    
Kerala and Lakshadweep          
Southern Kerala          
Central and Northern Kerala          
Kathakali          
Lakshadweep          
Listings           
           

PRACTICAL ADVICE          
Accommodations           
Transportation           
Health and Safety          
Money and Budgeting          
Responsible Travel          
Family Holidays            
           

SETTING THE SCENE
History          
Culture          
Food and Drink                      
           

PHRASEBOOK          
Pronunciation          
Phrases          
Menu Reader

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