Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google on Thursday announced availability of virtual tours for 30 Indian monuments. They said that from today web users across the world will be able to explore monuments like Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Agra Fort on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute in 360-degree view in their internet browser.
The 30 monuments are part of a total 100 monuments that Google would photograph and map in India. The project was launched last year.
“Today, this partnership with Google makes it possible for billions of people across the world to see and explore our magnificent heritage, to take a walk at the Rock Cut Jain Temple, to marvel at the Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Stupas and to relive history in Fatehpur Sikri. With the release of these new panoramic images, we aim to create a dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and around the world can understand and engage more of India’s diverse cultural heritage,” said union minister of culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director, Google India, added, “We hope the imagery will help make India’s heritage and culture more accessible to people at home and abroad
To photograph the monuments, Google has used its “trekker” technology. The trekker is a machine that a volunteer or a Google employee can wear like a backpack. It has cameras that take photos while the user is walking around the monument. These photos are later stitched together to create a panoramic view of the monument.
A Google official told TOI that the company hopes to complete photography and mapping at the remaining monuments in another two months.
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