Banyan Tree Adventures: Travels in India
An account of the delights, challenges and excitement of visiting old and new India.
Drawing upon his own travel experiences and those of others, Keith Forrester interrelates travel writing, tourism and serious commentary to produce an account of the delights, challenges and excitement of visiting old and new India.
Banyan Tree Adventures: Travels in India is not the usual travelogue or tourist guide to India. It is a book that not only discusses the Indian experiences and views of non-domestic travellers in their explorations and adventures, but also a text that helps understand the simple question of why tourists keep returning to the country.
What is it about India that prompts the interest and loyalty of returning tourists? Where do they go and why? What areas do tourists visit and what aspects of Indian culture, policy and history interests them? How do overseas tourists cope with and understand the shocking evidence of poverty while travelling around the country?
Few countries embody the blending of tradition and the ancient with the new and the modern. So yes, it is a good time to be interested in and thinking about India. It’s an even better time to be travelling around the country.
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Keith Forrester weaves together an account informed by social history, politics, current affairs and more. This is a gripping overview of travel in India - the sites, the journeys, the people and the experiences. I often felt that I was there walking alongside the author as he wanders the markets, the streets and the landmarks. The experienced traveller or the India first-timer will find it equally stimulating and rewarding. Rarely have I read a book that provides social, historical and political insights without feeling preaching at. It gave me fantastic insights into what is such a complex and varied country. Overall a very considerable achievement and profoundly rewarding read. ~ Professor Nick Frost, Leeds Beckett University