The Bottom Line
- More than 300 coloured images and maps.
- Focus on responsible travel, including local community volunteer opportunities.
- Very comprehensive.
- Contains a lot of useful information and tips.
- Has a section on language and other resources.
- There is very little not to like about this well put together guide.
- Insider perspective on Gujarat.
- Information on unchartered areas.
- Local insights into customs and lifestyles.
- 416 pages.
- Recommended retail price: $19.99, CAD $22.99, GBP 10.99.
Guide Review - Review of Gujarat India Guide
The state of Gujarat, on the west coast of India, rarely features as a tourist destination. As a result, there isn't a lot of in depth travel information available about Gujarat. This India Guide to Gujarat not only fills a big gap in the market, it also reveals what an underrated destination Gujarat really is. It's one thing to read about all the places to visit, but another to see hundreds of stunning colorful pictures of them. And that's what really makes this guide outstanding -- as well as being packed with details, it has a lot of visual appeal.
The Gujarat guide is very well laid out. It's broken up into a number of sections:
- The Ultimate Gujarat Experience, with a selection of the state's highlights.
- About Gujarat, which discusses everything from geography to people.
- Special Interest, such as birding and the footsteps of Gandhi.
- Fairs and Festivals.
- Southern, Eastern, Northern Gujarat, Saurashtra, and Kachchh.
- Nuts and Bolts, containing all the facts to make travel easier.
- Resource Guide, with information about crafts, cuisine, and language.
The main chapters are further ordered into districts, and within each district, places of interest, nuts and bolts (how to get there etc.), accommodation, food and drinks, and excursions/side trips.
A heartening feature that you'll find in most districts is information about how to get involved in the places that you visit. Many wonderful volunteer opportunities are listed, including sustainable development, textiles, farming, and empowerment of women. Or you can simply visit the organizations, and see their work.
It's this very positive aspect that also sets this travel guide apart from others. The publisher has placed emphasis on enabling people to connect with the spirit of India, and get insights into the way of life, rather than just visit monuments and tourist attractions. It no doubt helps that the publisher is a relatively young one, set up in 2007, by a group of friends with a vision of sharing their deep bond and love for their country. They speak the local language, and their office is actually in Gujarat, the place they write about.
If you're looking for a meaningful India vacation and enjoy taking the road less traveled, the Gujarat guide is a must-read. You're be inspired by what you discover.