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Nothing changes as fast as travel information and that is a problem with this otherwise excellent book. Much of the information is dated even though the book is less, at this time, than 10 years old. However that does little to detract from the charm and, for the most part, the usefulness of the book. The book is very well written and there is a wonderful introduction and a chapter on how to use the book. It serves as a travel guide as well as its stated intent of being an introduction to places of meditative significance, even though that was not the authors? intent.
The book is a guide to various ashrams, yoga centers, meditation instruction centers and retreats, and the gurus of India. It covers all of that adequately, none of it comprehensively. For example as a Buddhist I see holes in the coverage, but that is to be expected in a book intended to cover the entire field of contemplative sites and programs. Sites are covered geographically and arranged so that you can use them along with a travel guide or a travel itinerary.
My sole complaint about the book is the lack of Internet access information. Even 10 years ago much of this was available. The authors do provide email information for some sources and that is useful, but Internet sites, an index, and a summary would have been helpful.
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