Wikimedia Foundation, the folks behind the wildly popular Wikipedia reference site, has rolled out an online travel guide called, appropriately enough, Wikivoyage.
Like its famous elder sibling Wikipedia site that is used by millions daily, Wikivoyage too is free to edit, free of ads and built collaboratively by volunteers pitching in from around the world.
Wikivoyage has debuted with about 50,000 articles and is available in nine languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
When we checked out the Wikivoyage site in mid-January 2013, we found 26,814 articles in English.
That's an excellent start for a fledgling.
Some 200 volunteers edit and improve Wikivoyage on a frequent basis.
India on Wikivoyage
India is adequately represented on Wikivoyage.
We are happy to note that the site has broad coverage of most parts of India.
Mumbai, Delhi, Mysore, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and all the major tourist destinations are covered.
While most of the landmarks and hot tourist destinations are already represented, it'd be nice to see more pictures.
Not Wholly New
Wikivoyage is not completely new. It'd be more accurate to describe recent developments as a new avatar of the site.
It started life in 2006 as a wiki-based travel guide in German and Italian supported by the German non-profit Wikivoyage Association. Contributors on that site and the non-profit running it wished to migrate their content and offered to donate their brand to the new project hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. Following the approval by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees in October 2012, the site was moved over to the Wikimedia Foundation servers in November 2012.
Even if you're not the traveling kind, Wikivoyage is a great way to waste time via arm-chair trekking through the hot attractions of the world. ;)