Google has joined forces with the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture to create 360-degree online panoramic imagery of 100 "nationally-important monuments". The list includes Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Khajuraho, the Ajanta Ellora caves and many others.
As always, Google will use its "Street View Trecker", which happens to be a wearable backpack that uses a 15-camera system to capture detailed 360-degree imagery. A traveler can simply wear the backpack and go to spaces that Google's traditional Street View vans cannot.
Google says that the project aims to make India's divine heritage sites more accessible to people around the world while preserving them for future generations. "With this, rural India will be able to see heritage online despite time and distance constraints. Information is transforming our future and with this we seek to bring more Indians on the Internet," said the Vice-President and Managing Director of Google India, Rajan Anandan.
In the past, the Google has provided splendid virtual walkthroughs of sites like the Eiffel Tower in France, Grand Canyon in the US, and Mt Fuji in Japan, among several others. This time, the Internet giant has said that once it has collected all the data required to create a virtual tour of a monument, it will be put online at Google Maps. The imagery will also find a place on the company's World Wonders Site, which is associated with Google Cultural Institute.
It is worth noting that this isn't Google's first partnership with the Ministry of Culture. Previously, the two entities had partnered to create splendid virtual walkthroughs of the National Gallery Of Modern Art and the National Museum.