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Historical Maps of India and South Asia
A list of online resources

May 2016

Making of maps or visual references of our world has been an important part of human history to make sense of where we live, travel or simply learn about. Maps of India and south Asian region have also existed since centuries. In this list, we bring you a cross section of historical maps that you may find online. Needless to say that the veracity or authenticity of information given in these maps exists with their respective designers/artists.

Map of India in the Age of the Mahabharata (World Digital Library)

World History (3000 BC - 2013 AD) A video of history's timeline.

India and South Asia: 1000BC - 200BC (TimeMaps)
Interactive map that shows basic details.

Map of India, 600 BCE

Map of Vijayanagar Empire, circa 1350 CE

The Mughal Empire in Northern India 1500 - 1900 (A video)

Historical maps of Indian towns and cities (1893, 1909, 1924)

India 1804 (interactive map using satellite map) David Rumsey Collection
Map shows the British colonies in India at the beginning of the 19th century.
David Rumsey's website allows users to plot many historical maps onto today's satellite imagery through Georeferencer (

Historical Map of India 1700-1792

Historical Map: The Beginnings of the British Dominion

Map of Northern India: The Mutiny 1857-1859 (Principal centres of mutiny)

The changing map of India from 1 AD to the 20th century

Historical Maps of India

Historical and Political Maps of India
by Joaquín de Salas Vara de Rey (Euratlas)

Original home of the Aryan tribes and their migrations 1500 BC

Tughlaq Rule

Delhi Khanate

Tughlaq dynasty

Khalji dynasty

Empire of Mohammad bin Tughlaq

India in 1398

COLONIAL MAPS from c.1750 to c.1900 (Francis Pritchett)

The battle of PLASSEY, 1757 map

"India" by Edward Weller, for the Weekly Dispatch Magazine, c.1859

from Bashir ud-Din Ahmad Dihlavi, Vaqi'at ul-hukumat-e Dehli (Agra: Shams Machine Press, 1919)

Seven Cities of Delhi (Urdu)

Qila-e Mu'alla: Red Fort of Delhi before 1857

Mapping the cosmos: When religious symbolism meets historical maps (report on exhibition)

Maps and Map-making in India (University of Michigan)

Al-Idrisi to Ptolemy: Early Maps of India

Military movements Bangladesh 1971 Liberation War

British India Map

Durand Line Border between Afghanistan and Pakistan

British Indian Empire 1909

Railway Maps and Geographic Resources (Indian Railways Fan Club)

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (India)
Some of the topographical maps featured on this page were produced by
the CIA of United States. Some are from other sources.

Atlases and maps at Digital South Asia Library (University of Chicago)

50 centuries in 10 minutes (a video)

Animated map shows how religion spread around the world (a video)

Charting pre-historic human migration
Animated map shows how humans migrated across the globe (a video)

Spread of the world's first writing systems
Animated map shows how the world's first written languages spread

Cosmology to Cartography A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps (Exhibition)

This list is in progress. Please let us know if you know of some good Oral history archive on the Internet which concerns us and we may have missed. Please report if you find any dead links.

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