Finding accurate maps or precise driving directions in India is never really
easy. Most of the time we rely on asking people where to turn next and how far
to go. Geographical Survey of India have made detailed maps of the entire
country, but the only way to get those maps is to go to their office during
business hours and ask for a copy. There are a few mapping services available online, but they are far from
complete. Here is an assessment of the options.
Maps of India. They are one of the
early birds in online map business. However, their maps are not interactive. You
can get various type of maps on their website, such as district maps, road maps,
railways, topography, etc. The maps are not interactive. They can be used, to
some extent to chart your journey, but you would be left with a wish that you
need more detailed maps.
Google Maps. The best of the lot in
terms of technology. It is a great tool for charting your journey online with
routes and placemarks and sharing them with fellow travellers. Their satellite
maps(or Google Earth) are excellent and have very good details. However, Google
Maps doesn't have detailed mapping of entire India. They seem to be working on
it slowly, but right now, you will have difficulty getting details of anything
but big cities. Also, search for driving directions does not work anywhere in
Windows Live. They have a decent degree
of details of places, better than Google Maps. Driving directions can be queried
between cities, however, they don't have details of driving directions within a
city. It lags behind Google Maps when it comes to features.
Map My India. Map My India has the most
detailed maps of any location in the country. It is also the only website where
driving directions query works within the city, though not entirely accurate.
They have detailed the geography to the level of each village in the country. No
satellite images though. Map My India's maps are also used by Yahoo Maps.
If you are not satisfied with any of these, and need much more details and
accuracy about a remote region you are planning to explore, it is time to head
to nearest office of Geographical
Survey of India.