It was supposed to highlight the best of Hounslow, but a council blunder meant a much-vaunted guide to the borough featured a photo taken in Neasden on its front cover.

The Mini Rough Guide to Hounslow was published this year in a bid to attract investors and tourists to the borough.

Produced at a cost of £25,590 for 20,000 copies, it combines a mix of interesting facts about the area with information ranging from transport links to listed buildings.

The cover photo features a colourful shot of Diwali and New Year celebrations in which towers of sweets and drinks are being offered up to God at a Hindu temple.

However, getwestlondon has learned the temple in question is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, Brent, well beyond the borough's boundaries.

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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, Brent
 

The error was pointed out by Nehal Patel, who said she regularly visited the Neasden temple and felt the use of the photo was 'providing incorrect information to whoever sees the guide'.

A council spokeswoman said: "The front cover of the Rough Guide is an image taken at the Neasden Temple in Brent and was used in error due to an oversight in the production process; which has since been tightened.

"Whilst we fully accept that an image of Hounslow would have been more appropriate, the image does reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the borough.

"The Rough Guide is likely to be updated later this year but we will continue to use the available copies of this edition to promote the borough."

It is not the only error in the guide, which also spelled Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod's name 'Mary Mcleod' in an interview with the Conservative politician.

A spokesman for the temple confirmed the image was one of its central shrine and the food on display, called Annakut, was being offered to God in thanks for his providence last year and to seek his blessings for the forthcoming year.