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Google India & ASI Teamed Up to Show 360 Panoramic Imagery of Indian Monuments Online

Written By Unknown on Monday, 7 October 2013 | 15:07

Archaeological Survey of India & Google Tie Up to Show Indian Heritage Online

For those who are unable to visit Indian Monuments there is a hope from Google and ASI. Soon, anyone in the world will be able to see 360 degree view of Indian Heritage Monuments via the collaboration of Google and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

For this Google has signed a memorandum with the Ministry of India. At Qutab Minar, Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch and Google Cultural Institute Director Amit Sood signed the memorandum on behalf of India and Google, respectively.

The Google Cultural Institute Director Amit Sood said to PTI, "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".

Chandresh Kumari Katoch said, “We have always embraced technology. The new panoramic imagery of monuments will allow the ASI to boldly take forward its mission of embracing partnerships for the future in order to preserve and propagate the rich heritage of India’s past.”

Google is planning to use Google Trekker technology that takes Street View off-road. Via Google's Street View backpack, Google has captured the world's beauty like Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon, Galapalagos Islands etc. on Google Map's Street View. Now, it's time for the world to see the Indian Heritage monuments like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb and the Ajanta and Ellora caves etc, a total of 100 heritage sites of the country.

As soon as Google will finish the Indian Monuments 360-degree panoramic imagery task, it will be uploaded to Google Maps and on Google Cultural Institute’s World Wonders site. With the completion of the project, the gate for "virtual tourism" or "digital tourism" of India will be opened to the world.
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