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The Hindi Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Hindi version of Wikitravel.

For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see Language version policy.


Hindi is a language spoken in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There are over 30 million native speakers worldwide. These travelers would be well-served by a Wikitravel travel guide in their language.

In addition, contributions in Hindi would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many Hindi-speaking areas are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their native tongue (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides.


This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Hindi-speaking users willing to take this project further.
  • To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Hindi Wikitravel, and vice-versa.
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Hindi
  • To launch the new Hindi Wikitravel.
  • To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Hindi Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Indian contributors.
  • To make Hindi Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.


The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Hindi Wikitravel in place.

Gathering a team of users[edit]

To get this project started, we need at least 3 Hindi-speaking users willing to help start the Hindi Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.

If you're interested, please create a user account on this Wikitravel, and sign the list below. To sign, edit this page and just type ~ 4 times, like ~~~~

  • Upamanyuwikitravelshared 07:32, 15 March 2007 (EDT) I'm more active on the English version [1]
  • Ravikiran r 23:22, 15 March 2007 (EDT)
  • --Mitul 10:35, 16 March 2007 (EDT)
  • cacahuate talk 03:21, 17 March 2007 (EDT) — my Hindi is very limited, but I'd love to see this get off the ground, and will be happy to help out with some janitorial work once it's launched  :)
  • --Eukesh 04:03, 17 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Amit 07:28, 19 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Heemanshoo 07:39, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

More than 3 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 3 to get started.


If there are no objections, Upamanyuwikitravelshared , the person who started this Expedition, has volunteered to act as go-between for this new language.

Language interface file[edit]

MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Hindi Wikitravel.

We can collaboratively do this at LanguageHi.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (विकिपीडिया wikipedia --> विकिट्रैवल wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.


The Hindi wikitravel was launched on March 20, 2007. See hi: for more. We still need native Hindi speakers and other members to join, so we'd be grateful if you could spare some of your valuable time to sign up and help out. Upamanyu -- Write2me

P.S. Please comment on the progress of hi wikitravel on Hindi Wikitravel Report for April 2007