Bringing far-flung historical wonders closer than ever, with the support of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Google has released new 360-degree online imagery of 76 iconic historical sites and 30 new immersive exhibitions of arts and historical institutions from across India.
Via a blog post Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India, said that apart from Taj Mahal and Humayun Tomb, the new historical sites released recently include Safdarjung Tomb, Ellora Caves, and Purana Quila.
These panoramas, collected using Street View technology, are available for viewing on the Google Cultural Institute site. The Google Cultural Institute, an initiative by the search giant, in an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.
Starting today, people from around the world will now also be able to virtually explore over 1400 cultural objects from India on the Google Cultural Institute.
This launch of 76 new ASI sites brings the number of ASI locations now online to over 100, including the heritage sites launched in February such as the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb.
The blog also reads, "We're also bringing online several Indian arts and archival institutions onto the Google Cultural Institute for the first time ever. You can now explore new exhibits curated by Indian screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, follow the journey of the Parsis from Persia to the present day at the Parzor Foundation, and experience India's first ever Independence Day in 1947 through the eyes of its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, thanks to archival material from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library."
Five institutions that are already on the Google Cultural Institute, namely Delhi's National Museum, Delhi's National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Archive of Indian Music, Jana Natya Manch and ASI, have already launched new content.