I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book; I just knew that it was a backpacker's favorite while I was on the road in India. Within the first few pages this book took me back to the place that I have missed ever since leaving. I felt as though I was reliving the myriad of memories and discoveries that I had in India all over again, making it very difficult to put this book down! This is a WONDERFUL book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has been, currently is, or is considering traveling to India. It think it is much more appreciated having been, however. I am sure that I will revisit this fantastic book again-- something I do VERY rarely.