Jambudveep's Blog

June 9, 2012

Historical Map of India Project

This project was created to serve as a resource for all those looking for good quality maps of the Indian sub continent.”Greater India” is the correct term to use as many of the areas above were part of the India both politically and culturally.The maps are primarily intended to serve as a template on which historical maps of India can be based.I will be posting several versions in the coming months which will have strategic passes,rivers,river basins,forts of South India etc.The base map for all the maps I will be putting on this blog is a German navigation map from 1914 which can be downloaded for free from here.

The project came about as a result of a discussion between myself,Atri ( who runs a very informative blog on Indian history and culture)  and Parag Tope.It was found that there was a dearth of versatile map templates of India with a decent amount of detailing in the trace.Parag was kind enough to correct the projection of the base map.

The map trace has its limitations in the sense that it is limited to the coast of Makran in the West and coast of Korea on the east.I will be posting quite a few variants of the map in the coming months.Thee scale of the map is 1:10,000,000.

1.Map of Greater India ( without latitude & longitude)

The above map is without the latitude & longitude lines.

2. Map of Greater India ( with latitude & longitude)

3. Map of India

This is the basic template which will have all the bells and whistles.I will be posting variants of this map ( ie a map which only shows rivers,forts,strategic passes and mountain ranges and so on).As you can see a lot of work needs to be done.


  1. Excellent initiative.Many thanks for starting this .

    Comment by Sivanandan Ds — June 9, 2012 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  2. This is a very valuable resource and Jumbudweep has performed an excellent service by making these maps available.

    Comment by Bahu Virupaksha — June 10, 2012 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  3. […] is a part of the Historical Map of India Project. Although free to use for academic and non commercial purposes,for commerical use prior permission […]

    Pingback by River of South India Map « Jambudveep's Blog — July 10, 2012 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  4. Request to use the term ‘Ramanathapuram’ instead of ‘Ramnad’ which is of British origin and hides the historic meaning attached to it

    Comment by Sivanandan Ds — July 14, 2012 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  5. […] This map is a small demo of what can be done with the blank template map that was traced out as part of the Historical Map of India project. […]

    Pingback by Map of Vijayanagar Empire,circa 1350 CE « Jambudveep's Blog — November 28, 2012 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

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