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A beat-up old car, a few dollars in the pocket, and a sense of adventure. That's all Tony and Maureen Wheeler needed for the trip of a lifetime. They met on a park bench in Regent's Park and married a year later. For their honeymoon, they attempted what few thought possible - crossing Europe and Asia overland, all the way to Australia. It took them several months and all the money they could earn, beg or borrow, but they made it. At the end of it all, they were flat broke… and couldn't have been happier.
Lonely Planet was born out of this epic adventure. This was in 1973. After years of struggle, by the early 80’s Lonely Planet was a name to be reckoned with. Over the following decades Lonely Planet became a synonym for travel guide, a fact reinforced in 2010 when the company published its 100 millionth travel guide.
A year after this milestone, Lonely Planet India was born. This was in response to the steady rise in the number of Indian travellers and their unique needs. The travel guides published by Lonely Planet India would be written for Indians, by Indians and is the first and so far, the only initiative of its kind.