Yahoo! Maps India Edition with Driving Directions launched recently. To my mind, this is the best thing that has happened to the Indian roadways system since Sher Shah Suri built the Grand Trunk Road back in the 16th century.
I did a quick sanity check to get a map from my house in Calcutta to Howrah station and was pleasantly surprised to get a pretty accurate direction.
One of the things that I really liked was pointing out nearby landmarks, exactly as one would say while giving verbal directions “You will find a State Bank of India to your left”. This is great on Indian roads, especially if you are traveling by public transport.
I can really see this helping out a lot of tourists.
While this is not dead accurate as yet, I am sure in a year this is going to be way much better. I saw a few weird spellings and some not-so-quite-right pinpointing of locations. In the same breath, I must say I was majorly impressed to see Keyatala (right spelling) get mapped onto Kayatala (spelling on map, incorrect, but the location is right).
Oh and one nasty gotcha ! Autorickshaws don’t ply on meter in Kolkata (unlike a cab), they go in a shuttle-mode, between two fixed points (like a bus). So, the fare is irrelevant. You won’t get an “auto” from Naktala to Howrah.
Political incorrectness, Web 2.0 style
Bang on the main page, you find this map.
After a long time I saw, what I would consider an independent entity (not RSS 🙂 draw out a map of India which essentially ignores the Pak-occupied-Kashmir and the Line-of-Control. While this will go down well with most Indians, I am sure our neighbouring country will have a few words to say.