The America-based Indian tourism offices can send brochures and help with plans, but it's better to call or visit the website for information—trying to get a response by email usually doesn't work.
Ministry of Tourism. 11/2371–0518; 212/586–4901; www.incredibleindia.org.
For travelers spending more than a few days in Delhi, Mumbai, or another vast, rapidly changing Indian city, the Eicher series of maps is useful. National English-language newspapers include Indian Express (www.indianexpress.com) and Hindustan Times (www.hindustantimes.com). The Indian answer to 411, JustDial (22/6999–9999) helps callers find out about local businesses and answers lots of other questions. Listings can be text messaged to a cell phone. (The prefix in the phone number dials Mumbai, but substituting other local area codes will work equally well.) They also run a search engine (www.justdial.com) of their listings, which is useful for locals and visitors in urban areas alike. Google works pretty well, too. Rediff (www.rediff.com) dissects current events and pop culture across India.