Indian Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) has tied up with Google for 360 degree virtual tour of 280-odd monuments across the country. The ASI had granted the permission to Google for creating the virtual tour, which would be available in the maps. The prominent monuments for which the virtual tours are available are Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial, the ruins of Hampi, the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Qutub Minar, etc.

“We have a tie-up with ASI for 360 degrees virtual tour of 280 monuments across the country of which 30 are in West Bengal,” informs Sanket Gupta, programme manager of Google Maps.  He further adds that Google has launched an array of products in India such as offline view of maps, live traffic alerts and inclusion of unknown places on the maps by local guides. According to the Google respondent, approximately one billion people worldwide are currently using Google maps and India is among the top five.

Importantly, in 2013, Google had partnered with the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Archeological Survey of India to bring Street View to over 100 monuments in the country, providing a 360-degree view of these structures that will be available to anyone with access to the Internet. This pact is an extension to the earlier agreement.

So, it’s good news for the internet users, as they will soon be able to virtually soar across some of the most famous landmarks in India using Google’s new services. These views can almost come alive as one can rotate 360° viewing in any direction and zoom in for closer details.


by Ashwani Srivastava

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