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GPS device for India. Driving directions for cars by Garmin GPS.

BY: Bharat | Category: Travel | Post Date: 2009-09-10
 



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Those were times in India when one needed to ask a roadside shopkeeper (say 'PAN-WALLA') how to reach a certain place, or take chances by asking a 'BHAIYA-JI' walking on the side of a road. The way they explained driving directions was even funnier (ex: Go straight, when you will see a Petrol Pump take right, when you see a 'State Bank of India on left' take right again and so on). If you were really lucky, you would probably reach your destination at the right time.

I have used GPS before while traveling to USA and they are extremely helpful. GPS systems in India are good but not that great when compared to western countries because there are unplanned roads over India and GPS does not know about all of them yet.

This time when I was on a business trip I happen to use a Garmin GPS system in three different cities (New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore). I was fairly impressed by the quality and functionality of Garmin Nuvi device. I just fitted my GPS device each time on the front windshield of my car, entered the destination address and then it took me to the required destination, with a constant display of maps and a women voice guided all along the way. I am sure there are other devices but I only know about Garmin ( a fairly reputed international brand in Global positioning systems). GPS coverage is available almost all major cities/states like Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Guwahati, Patna, Chandigarh, Goa, Ahmadabad, Gandhinagar, Ambala, Gurgaon, Manali, Shimla, Jammu, Mysore, Kerala, Bhopal, Nagpur, Calcutta, Bombay (Mumbai), Dehradun, Noida, Lucknow, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Amritsar (Punjab), Pondicherry and many more.

Using GPS in India:
Even though I was fairly impressed but there were some small congested roads which this device did not know much about. Overall I was extremely satisfied with their MapmyIndia maps.

According to this website: navigator.mapmyindia.com/garmin_mmi_map_offer.html
(as of September 2009)
Garmin has maps for
# 401 cities with complete details of streets, localities, sub-localities and points of interest.
# 4,10,000 towns and villages connected by national and state highways.
# 9,45,000 point of interests across 52 tourist and business categories such as petrol pumps, ATM's restaurants, hospitals etc.

Frequently asked questions abou GPS systems in India:

Q1: Is there any running cost?
Once you buy a GPS there is no running or membership cost. GPS services are provided worldwide for free by US government on which all these GPS devices work on. Your foreign GPS devices may not work in India.

Q2: Are GPS systems easy to use?
These GPS systems have a very simple functionality. It will not take you more than 10-15 minutes to understand the basic functionality. Probably a few days to master it.

Q3: How much do GPS devices Cost?
Between 12,000 rupees to 20,000 rupees you should be able to get a fully loaded GPS device.

Q4: Where can I buy a GPS device in India?
I purchased mine from navigator.mapmyindia.com/buy.html

Q5: Did my GPS device lose reception?
Sometimes, but it came back in a few minutes.

Q6: What if I take a wrong turn?
GPS simply recalculates the way from your current location. Overall there can be an error of about 10-15 feet, but it's minor.

Q7: How big is a GPS device?
Starting from the size of a cricket ball to about the size of your hand.

I am not associated with any company, this review is totally unbiased.

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