opportunity to make these monuments accessible to people in the far-flung areas of the country at the click of a button and to digitally preserve the heritage for posterity.
"With this, rural India can see and experience heritage online despite time and distance constraints. Information is transforming our future and with this we seek to bring more Indians on the Internet,"
However, Sood said all such projects are "non-commercial agreements."
Sood added that "we were excited to partner with ASI" which has "cultural and archival wealth" at their disposal.
"We wanted such cultural bodies to come out and share their treasures and archives with the users online, instead of sitting cooped up in their conservatories with all the materials lying physically inside and thus rendered inaccessible to people," he said.
Google Cultural Institute has worked with multiple partners in over 40 countries on sites such as in Italy's Pompeii and France's Eiffel tower and Palace of Versailles, among other cultural icons around the world.
'World of Wonders' project by Google, founded last year covers as of now, over 100 sites in Europe and Asia Pacific and India's addition to it will make the country's 100 heritage "accessible to the world".
Google India and Ministry of Culture had earlier partnered on the creation of virtual walkthroughs for the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the National Museum in the Capital.
The Internet bellwether, however, did not disclose either the cost or the timeframe for the project.
"Without confirming anything, I can say that since Qutub Minar's walkthrough was the first to be done...I guess it possibly will be the first monument to go online. Also, it will take at least five to six months minimum to execute the project at a given site," Sood said.
"Archaeology meets technology. 5,000 years of Indian history and 20 years of Internet history coming together will create the magic," Anandan said.