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Google To Create 360 Degree Online Panoramic View Of 100 Indian Monument

The search engine giant Google and the Ministry of Culture signed a memorandum at the Qutub Minar complex on 3rd October, 2013 as the first step towards this project. With the joined hands of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Google will create 360 degree online panoramic view of 100 Indian monuments. Google and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have become partnered to work in this project. Chandresh Katoch, Union Minister of Culture flagged off the Street View Trekker in New Delhi on 3rd October, 2013.

A Google employee with Street View Trekker at the Qutub Minar, Photo : PTI
Google has informed that they have already photographed and mapped Qutub Minar and  Humayun’s Tomb will be mapped next. They also said that once the data have been collected it will take 7-10 days to create 360 degree imagery view and once it will be published at Google Maps and the World Wonders Site as well as, part of Google Cultural Institute, any one across the world can tour this 100 Indian monuments virtually from internet.

Google is using a special tool called Street View Trekker to film this 100 Indian monuments. This is nothing but a camera mounted on a backpack. A Google employee is seen with Street View Trekker in the above picture. Google uses this Trekker only where Google’s Street View cars cannot. A traveller can wear this Trekker and go into places where Google’s Street View cars cannot. Google creating an application using its ‘Street View Trekker’ technology for the first time in India.

Google has used this tool already to brought several tourists attractions like Grand Canyon in USA, Galapagos Island, Eiffel Tower in France, Mt Fuji in Japan, and Palace of Versailles online. Once it has been completed the rural India as well as other country will be able to see Indian heritage online.  It saves time and distance and huge money.

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 New Delhi. The list is not finalized yet. Although this project includes Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Khajuraho, the Ajanta and Ellora caves, etc.