Google unveil 360-degree online imagery of Taj Mahal

Written by FE Online | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 21 2014, 20:53pm hrs
From today, people around the world will be able to explore the Taj Mahal and other national Indian monuments online through Street View. With the support of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Google is releasing the first 360-degree online imagery of 30 iconic Indian heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Agra Fort on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute.

The ASI and Google are unveiling panoramic imagery of these 30 sites as part of their joint initiative to help make 100 of Indias most important heritage sites more accessible for the world to experience. The Indian monuments now live on Google Maps and Cultural Institute are all over 100 years old, and by allowing people to virtually explore them online, Google aims to help share more of Indian culture and heritage with people at home and abroad.

Chandresh Kumari Katoch, union minister of culture, said, 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 Indias diverse cultural heritage.

Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director, Google India, said, Google is deeply committed to helping preserve and showcase cultural heritage across the world. India is unique in terms of the sheer wealth of heritage and iconic historical monuments, and it has been our privilege to work with the ASI in collecting new 360-degree photos of 30 Indian heritage sites. We hope the imagery will help make Indias heritage and culture more accessible to people at home and abroad.

Pravin Srivastava, director general, ASI, said, The images coming online through Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute provide a new way for people around the world to view, interact with, and learn about some of the most important heritage monuments in India. We hope this new way of exploring national treasures such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Qutub Minar will help share more of Indias diverse culture with new audiences, and help preserve this part of Indias identity for generations to come.