India’s major monuments and sites to be up on Google Street View
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ministry of Culture and Google India have embarked together on a journey of “digital tourism” to put 100 major Indian monuments and sites on Google Street View.
Architectural icons like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, and heritage wonders such as Khujuraho, and Ajanta and Ellora Caves, among others are to be a part of this project.
“We wanted enhanced and an active experience for our (virtual) visitors and not just mere passive viewing of the sites. And, that’s why we want to partner with agencies like the ASI, UNESCO, World Monuments Fund to source authoritative content – current and archival to enrich user’s experience,” said Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute.
“Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon, Mt Fuji, etc have all been immersively mapped on to our Google Maps and can also be seen on the World Wonders site, part of our Cultural Institute. Indian monuments too will be available there once we go live,” Sood added.
The Ministry and Google signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Qutub Minar Complex, where a demo of the ‘Street View Trekker’ with a preliminary walk through the lawns of Qutub Minar was also given.