WikiProject India

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Hello Welcome to Mapping Project page for WikiProject India!
This is the OSM Wiki homepage for mapping efforts in WikiProject India. You can find national events, projects, map status, and links to other pages directly related to WikiProject India here! You may also find a list of contacts and mappers involved.

WikiProject India, Asia
Latitude: 23, Longitude: 78
Browse WikiProject India map 23° 0′ 0″ N, 78° 0′ 0″ E
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WikiProject India is a Country in Asia at latitude 23° 0′ 0″ North, longitude 78° 0′ 0″ East.

OpenStreetMap images (and underlying map data) are freely available under the OpenStreetMap License.

The easiest way to communicate with other members of the OSM community near you is by sending a message to any active mappers by checking the edit history of an area. Community discussions take place on the Indian OpenStreetMap Forum and occaisional announcements of events on the talk-India mailing list.


Getting started
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Administrative Divisions
Place Mapping
Public Transportation
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Roadways - National and State Highways
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Railway systems in India
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Water resources and waterways in India

Rendering Server

Visit for the India map with the legal boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir. This map is update with data from every 10 minutes.

See India/Rendering_server

Pages with specific guidelines for India

Please look through these guidelines and follow them for consistency with other users.

Naming in different scripts and languages

India has many languages and writing systems. The community convention is to use the Roman alphabet ('English') for the name key and to use the name in the local script for the "name:lang" key. Wherever possible, add the names in all languages that you can; this will make it possible to create maps in multiple languages.

For example, to name the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore), use the following keys and values:

Key Value
name Bengaluru
name:kn ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು
name:ta பெங்களுரு

Where an official name exists, use it for the "name" key. If another name is more popular, it can be added using the name:alt key; in some cases it may be appropriate to place it in brackets after the official name. Sometimes the name:en key may be used as well.

Do not use abbreviated names, especially for localities. If the abbreviated name is more popular, treat it as described in the previous paragraph.

If multiple scripts are used in a name given using the name key; (e.g. name=ग्वालियर (Gwalior)), then this will cause problems when used on systems where both sets of fonts are not present. The fonts that the system cannot show will be shown as empty boxes, question marks, or other meaningless forms. Use name=Gwalior, and also name:hi=ग्वालियर.

Data Sources

See India/Data sources

Mapping terminology

Most terms used as keys should be according the general guidelines, and different usage for India should be after discussion here. This section lists some terms specific to India, with preferred spellings when they are used.

Use the following terms;

  • taluk - covers taluka, tehsil, mandal
  • panchayat - for panchayath
  • district - for zilla et.c.

Note that this refers especially to the key, not always to the value. So you can have the other usage in the value for names. So a district would be subdivided into areas tagged as 'taluk', but a taluk could be called 'xxx tehsil' or 'xxx mandal' or otherwise according to local usage. e.g. name="Daund taluka".

Common mistagging

Certain terms may be found to commonly marked with the wrong tag/value in India, often because of usage in Indian English. In particular

Rivers, streams and lakes

Bear in mind that most aerial photography (e.g. Bing aerial photography) is taken during the dry seasons when skies are clearest. Hence water levels may be low and the aerial photography may be misleading. For rivers the width should be based on average high water levels. This can often be deduced from viewing the riverbed. If the river has wet season flow only, then it should be marked with the tag "intermittent=yes". Lakes and reservoirs should similarly be mapped at their designed high water levels.

Tag:waterway=river suggests a maximum width for a stream. If a fit adult cannot jump across it, then it is a river. Many smaller rivers in India are currently mapped as streams.


Track this at India/Mapping progress (not always up-to-date).

Primary contributors

See India/Primary contributors


See Landuse Mapping

Disaster response mapping

A small amount of disaster response mapping was carried out for 2013 North India floods.

If you're interested in response to future disasters, check out the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. In general all mapping progress in India will serve to make our map more useful to aid organisations in the event of a disaster.


For a list of planned an previous events check India/Events


There are notes on creating district maps (including in Indian scripts) at Creating maps of Indian districts.

Other activities include creating wiki pages for cities and districts:

SOI Mapping policy