What Indians are searching on Google Maps

Oct 30 2012, 16:50 IST
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SummaryYou can learn a lot about whats on peoples minds by knowing what information they are searching for on the internet.

You can learn a lot about whats on peoples minds by knowing what information they are searching for on the internet. But have you ever wondered what are the most popular destinations searched online in India, especially on Google Maps? Do you want to know what the residents of three metropolitan citiesDelhi, Mumbai and Bangaloreare searching for on their internet-connected devices? Heres a sneak peek into what people are searching for!

A report prepared by Google and research firm IPSOS reveals that hotels were the most searched for destinations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The Imperial emerged as the most searched for hotel in Delhi; Mumbaikers were busy keying in The Trident, making it the most popular hotel on Google Maps, and The Leela Kempinski was the most searched five star property in Bangalore. The entire data was collected through maps.google.com in August this year.

Thats not all. The available data shows that Karims and Hard Rock Cafe were the top searched hangout joints by people in Delhi and Mumbai, respectively. Bangaloreans love their malls as they provide one stop shop for the entire family; Phonenix Market City is the highest searched destination amongst all other city malls.

Educational institutes, particularly engineering colleges, represent another category where Bangalore stands out. While IIM Bangalore stood at number two in the search list, others who made it to this category include NIFT, and the Bishop Cotton Boys school. The southern city has also established itself as a healthcare hub, in comparison to Delhi and Mumbai, which have more specialised hospitals. In Bangalore, Jayadeva Hospital and the very popular Narayana Hrudalaya featured high on the search trends.

Delhi and Mumbai showed cultural similarity with location based search interest in religious placesJama Masjid was most searched in the capital, and Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. Outgoing in their own different way, the locals in both cities showed where their interest lies. Outdoor loving Delhiites searched for tourist destinations, including Connaught Place, National Rail Museum and India Gate, versus movie buff Mumbaikers, who indulge in movies to spend leisure time. Within the broader movie theatre searches, Big CinemasIMAX Wadala, and PVR Cinema are the most popular hangout for Bollywood and Hollywood lovers in the maximum city.

Announcing this data, Lalitesh Katragadda, country headIndia Products, Google said, Earlier, India lacked the culture of using maps, but it is changing now. This data is proof that users are continuously accessing information on

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