Indo-Pak border: Even Google Maps knows not to cross the line

Published: June 22, 2015
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Traditional rivals Pakistan and India have shared icy relations and fought several wars ever since gaining independence – and the rift between the two nations is now documented on Google Maps.

On a recent trip to Naya Nangal in Indian Punjab, UK resident Aman looked up ‘nearby towns’ on Google Maps and was shown Lahore in Pakistan’s Punjab.

However, Aman was surprised to see that Lahore wasn’t as close after all when he sought directions.

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Although Google Maps showed that Aman was just 211 kilometres away from Lahore, the most efficient driving route suggested by it was 5,277 kilometres long and would take him four days and 12 hours.

“In case you are curious, the madness of the sub-continent visually,” Aman said, on his Facebook account as he shared Google’s results.

Though Pakistan and India share a border and Lahore, in particular, is very close to Naya Nangal even closer than Karachi is to Lahore and New Delhi is to Chandigarh, transport between the countries is restricted.

In light of this, instead of travelling a short and sweet distance to nearby Lahore, as per Google’s route, Aman would have to travel east across Uttar Pradesh and take a left at Nepal. After scaling the highest mountain range in the world, the UK resident would then have to drive across Tibet to Xinjiang in China.

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But it doesn’t end there. In Xinjiang, Aman would have to take a U-turn to enter Azad Jammu and Kashmir and then drive down into Punjab and finally Lahore.

What could have been otherwise a simple drive or a really long walk has been made tougher by the two countries.

This article originally appeared on Scroll.in.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Talking Point
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:52PM

    The long and short of Partition. Recommend

  • LOL
    Jun 22, 2015 - 4:20PM

    @Talking Point: still hurts you Indians, doesnt it ?Recommend

  • NerdAlways
    Jun 22, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Apparently Google does not know that you can cross the border by road from Wagah… And it will be 211km!Recommend

  • Leo
    Jun 22, 2015 - 4:47PM

    I thought google maps are the best!Surely they would have known there is crossing at Wagah open to international travel!Recommend

  • Troll
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:39PM

    @LOL:
    No doesn’t hurt. For older generations it’s their prerogative. Younger generation don’t bother. In fact looking at the present scenario, it’s would have been more pragmatic to have a full & final partition which settled all issues including Kashmir & religion based moves so that all can live peacefully. Partition was the sweetest thing happened in the sub continent although incomplete. Recommend

  • abhi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:58PM

    Actually it is really amazing that google was able to find a route for driving down to Lahore.Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Jun 22, 2015 - 10:17PM

    Google is not always accurate all the time and not the shortest possible route is suggested. On several occasions it has taken drivers on wrong routes and even to a dead end road.So don’t rely on it too much.Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    Jun 22, 2015 - 10:30PM

    @NerdAlways @Leo Cannot cross Wagah in a car or other personal vehicle and I presume from the picture, he was looking for driving directions for a personal vehicle.Recommend

  • Answer to LOL
    Jun 23, 2015 - 1:31AM

    @Troll:
    Kashmir was never an issue!
    It is a part of India.

    @LOL : why do you think it should hurt?
    Talking Points statement only says – you’ve got to accept partition with all it’s consequences.
    The reality is:
    Indians and Hindus did not want the separation – which is proven by 180M Muslims in India who are neither lining up for visas to migrate to Pakistan nor sneaking over the border to stay in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Brar
    Jun 23, 2015 - 4:21AM

    @Indian Guy: People from other countries except India can cross Wagha border on a vehicle and if you are Indian you will have to take a buss,train or plan from Dehli.Recommend

  • Annar Khan
    Jun 23, 2015 - 7:53AM

    @Talking Point:
    For your kind information India, to which you love to call Mahabharat, never existed. It was always an amalgamation if not aggregation of princely states, principalities, and autonomous units. So brother get over this dream and live a life.Recommend

  • Ryan Bailey
    Jun 23, 2015 - 8:19AM

    The whole tone of the article seems to be ‘Silly Pakistan, Silly India – your squabbling is making my holiday less convenient’.Recommend

  • Another Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2015 - 9:39AM

    @LOL:
    Sadly and very ironically, it hurts Pakistan more than India. Recommend

  • whatever
    Jun 23, 2015 - 9:50AM

    @Annar Khan: still Christopher Columbus came searching a fairyland called ‘India’ and become a legend in the world history. India was, is and will, whatever you people think.Recommend

  • True Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2015 - 12:53PM

    @Another Pakistani:
    I doubt your nationalityRecommend

  • cautious
    Jun 24, 2015 - 2:35AM

    Here’s a “heads up” – nobody outside of India, Kashmir, or Pakistan give a hoot about Kashmir … thanks to India/Pakistan. I have no doubt that if both India and Pakistan minded their own business then Kashmir would be doing just fine.Recommend

  • commonman
    Jun 26, 2015 - 12:23PM

    I think..fighting these many years, we hv forgotten to love each other. We shud not forget that before partition, we wr united and bcz of few selfish people, partition happened…neither the people of India nor the people of Pak wanted this partition…and don’t want to fight each other even after the partition…so be wise, don’t fight and live peacefully…amen!!Recommend

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