What if you could lounge in your living room and take a tour of the Taj Mahal? Or stroll around Red Fort on your iPad while waiting at the airport?
If you aren’t doing that already, you’re missing out. The Taj and the Red Fort are among 30 monuments that you can tour virtually using Google Street View, a feature of the Google Maps platform that allows users to virtually explore destinations by moving around seamlessly stitched images with gestures and mouse movements. The experience is even more compelling on the Android smartphone platform, where you can walk through streets in a strange city as your phone informs you of the places to explore, the sights to see and the restaurants to eat at. The Google Cultural Institute, in association with the Archaeological Survey of India, has unveiled 360-degree online imagery of a number of major Indian monuments including rock-cut Jain temples and Buddhist stupas.
Using its Street View Trekker, Google had signed an MoU with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to bring the experience to its users. The World Wonders project of Google Cultural Institute already enables users to experience more than 130 locations in 40 countries around the world.
Experience the Taj Mahal (Google Chrome browser recommended)