I recently travelled to India with the help of this guide and found it to be extremely helpful and informative in many different areas.
It contained comprehensive lists of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions across the Indian states. The hotels and restaurants had a variety of prices so all travellers can find something which suites their budget. There were also short review of each establishment with useful tips such as telling the reader that a particular restaurant has very large servings.
The maps provided can at times lack a little detail leading them to be unclear but largely they allow you to successfully find your way around and have all the accommodation reviewed in the guide marked on them.
A fellow traveller had a copy of the rough guide to India which was also helpful but we found the Lonely Planet version to be more so as it had a greater range of suggestions and tips.
The only problem is the size of the book- it is by no means a pocket guide which can be irritating when wishing to pack a small bag and smaller versions are only available for certain regions.
I recently travelled India with a friend; I had the 30th anniversary edition, and he had this one, which we found to be far superior.
The newer book has a few nice add-ons, like the Delhi metro map; but this book is far better value for money.
With an extremely comprehensive guide to every Indian state, this book also has many more budget options, and is much better for the penniless traveller!
With the best places to sleep and eat, and everything from Hindi to Djembe lessons, the only trouble is that once people have managed to get in the Lonely Planet, the prices seem to go up pretty quickly, and the hotels listed can often be full in-season.
Excellent guides for any kind of trip with itineraries from trekking to yoga retreats, and even though the price can seem a bit steep, when you're stuck at a train station in the middle of nowhere you'll be glad you have one!