How to find offbeat places
pranavganesh
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How to find offbeat places

I would like to share a way to find offbeat places for tourism purpose....

There is this site of all the districts in India....
www.districts.nic.in

You can select and state and then the districts therein and then go to the pages of those districts....most of these districts will have a link for tourists places or place of interest

This can be a wonderful starting point....you select a place and then find the places which may be important over there

The mention of all these places often evade most of the tourism guidebook from LP to much more detailed Bhramansangi....as it is documented from a very subaltern or localized perspective


The site is a virtual goldmine of tourism related information on virutally every districts of India.... as diverse as well known Agra to unknown Kheri in Uttar Pradesh , from famous Gurgaon to unknown Mahendra Garh

If somebody wants to just explore any entirely unknown place...this can be good starting place.... I myself have used this method for traveling around delhi for weekend trips to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh

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Nice idea, Pranav.
#3
| retired
Very useful site.

Nelles do a series of maps for India and they have some tourist places on them, some of them are in areas not known by the guidebooks.

The site you mention would help locate some of these places.

I've researched a few places over the last few years that have proved difficult to get information about, I just done those same places using the website linked above and found info about the same places a lot quicker that I had done before.

Thanks for the link.
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Pranavganesh,

Really interesting web page, is the kind of information useful to find and "discover" unknown places. Thanks for sharing.

Jorge
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Thanks

Thanks for the tip. Now and then I've taken a look at state web pages. This is a wonderful web page. Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand, here I come...
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Originally posted by: steven_berVery useful site.

Nelles do a series of maps for India and they have some tourist places on them, some of them are in areas not known by the guidebooks.



Are these online maps?
Could you please provide the link?
Thanks
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We need an " alternative guide of India "- move over lonely planet and rough guide !

How about getting all retired people of India to answer queries via a website and/or cellphone for those interested in offbeat places ?One form of the offbeat guide...
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Originally posted by: SANJAY_DELAre these online maps?
Could you please provide the link?
Thanks


The Nelles Maps are not online maps and I don't know if there available in Delhi/India, though I feel sure I could find maps that are at least as good as the Nelles, if not better, if I had the time to search a big city in India.

I beleive that there is a place in Delhi to get maps of all the districts in each state, I can't remember the place at the moment, I'll have a think later, someone managed to get me all the district maps of Assam before my trip there a couple of years ago.
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interesting site, pranavganesh. thanks.
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Originally posted by: steven_berThe Nelles Maps are not online maps and I don't know if there available in Delhi/India, though I feel sure I could find maps that are at least as good as the Nelles, if not better, if I had the time to search a big city in India.

I beleive that there is a place in Delhi to get maps of all the districts in each state, I can't remember the place at the moment, I'll have a think later, someone managed to get me all the district maps of Assam before my trip there a couple of years ago.



If you happen to be in Delhi, there is a one stop shop for all your map needs, and its official.
The Survey of India, map sales office is on Janpath, Connaught Place, across the road from the Central Cottage Emporium Building.
Here you can find maps of all kinds for the entire country, including district maps, the most detailed city map of Delhi which you can hang up on the wall, and some very interesting historical maps as well.
I guess this is the place you have made mention of.
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| retired

Originally posted by: SANJAY_DELIf you happen to be in Delhi, there is a one stop shop for all your map needs, and its official.
The Survey of India, map sales office is on Janpath, Connaught Place, across the road from the Central Cottage Emporium Building.
Here you can find maps of all kinds for the entire country, including district maps, the most detailed city map of Delhi which you can hang up on the wall, and some very interesting historical maps as well.
I guess this is the place you have made mention of.


Yes it is.

Thanks for the info.
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Originally posted by: yatrayatraWe need an " alternative guide of India "- move over lonely planet and rough guide !

How about getting all retired people of India to answer queries via a website and/or cellphone for those interested in offbeat places ?One form of the offbeat guide...



Most of us probably already have an LP or RG, but a free alternative would surely benefit many, many folks. An IM Wiki would be a wonderful and plastic way to archive the knowledge found in these forums, if you look hard enough. What do people think about that?
#13
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Originally posted by: yatrayatraWe need an " alternative guide of India "- move over lonely planet and rough guide !

This is it! You're reading it right now :D

Originally posted by: BlueInGreenMost of us probably already have an LP or RG, but a free alternative would surely benefit many, many folks. An IM Wiki would be a wonderful and plastic way to archive the knowledge found in these forums, if you look hard enough. What do people think about that?


We've talked it over many times. Indiamike has a huge store of fact, research and relevant opinion.

I'd say, though, that for reasons of shere practicality, no-one is going to put all of its content together into another format, whether that format is online, on-paper, on-disc or whatever.

...and certainly not for free!

Which is one of the great stumbling bocks, because once it becomes commercial, then what about all the thousands who gave their work for free?

That is not to say IndiaMike is going to remain completely unchanged for ever and ever and ever (although Nadreg promises me that any changes he makes will be gentle [cry]) --- but for now, lets just take it as it is.

Rather than cover all the same ground again, please have a hunt around the site, and you'll find most of the pros and cons and possibilities covered...
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There should be a way to keep this informal , current and interesting.

My idea is to rope in retired senior citizens in all the districts of India to answer all queries.

There could be more than one retired person in each district.
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