Google has updated Streetview with 100 Indian historical monuments. The search engine giant has collaborated with Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture for this initiative. Users can get a 360-degree online imagery of 100 most important heritage sites in the country, including the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Qutab Minar and Ajanta and Ellora caves.
The company has announced the availability of Street View for the monuments in India today at an event held at one of the heritage sites – the Qutub Minar in Delhi. “This is akin to the Google’s Art project … many heritages of India are accessible to very few people when it comes to search. But, now with the help of technology and the Government’s help, these important Indian heritage sites will be available for the world to experience online,” said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India, at the event.
Google hopes to help make more of India’s heritage accessible to people around the world, and to help preserve India’s unique history for generations to come. Google Street View is a technology that provides panoramic views and is available for many places in the world. In 2011, Google’s Streetview cameras ran into trouble weeks after they started recording images in Bangalore. Recording was soon banned due to security concerns.
Earlier in June this year Google released 1,001 new destinations from across Asia, Europe, Latin America, the US and Canada but kept India out of the list. Also, recently it added Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.