Google’s Street View finally lands in India!


20121022-GOOGLE-GRAND-CANYON-386After the initial hiccups with the government, Google has finally launched its Street View in India. This time Google has partnered with the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture to create a 360 degree panoramic view of 100’s of India’s most important heritage sites including the Taj Mahal, Charminar, Khajurao, the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, etc.

In in the initial phase, 24 World heritage sites in India would be considered for this project. In the later stages, other sites will be included. Google will take the panoramic images of these sites and host it on Google Map, Google Earth and Google Cultural Institute.

Wait until the map below loads completely, and click on the image, and then use the arrows (left and right) to see around the place. There are also many other views available. Let’s just hope that Google would be soon adding the ability to browse around the places freely soon.

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Google told that it is working with the Archaeological Survey of India to bring Street View Trekker, a portable panoramic camera backpack, to these heritage sites in India for capturing the images which are accessible only by foot. With this Street View program, the Archaeological Survey of India is expecting an increase in the traffic to our monuments.

PS: If you just want to stay indoors and take a walk through the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, you can do that too with Street View.

So, where would you go first?