Google brings 76 more heritage sites, rare archives online

After Taj Mahal and Humayun Tomb, Google and Archaeological Survey of India together have now brought online 360-degree panoramic imagery of 76 more Indian heritage sites and 30 new immersive exhibitions of arts and historical institutions from across India.

The new historical sites include the Safdarjung Tomb, Ellora Caves, and Purana Quila, a statement released here said.

These panoramas, collected using Street View technology, are available for viewing on the Google Cultural Institute site.

The Google Cultural Institute, an initiative by the search giant, in an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.

Starting yesterday, people from around the world will now also be able to virtually explore over 1400 cultural objects from India on the Google Cultural Institute.

This launch of 76 new ASI sites brings the number of ASI locations now online to over 100, including the heritage sites launched in February such as the Taj Mahal and Humayun’s Tomb.

Rare vintage images and paintings sourced from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Daricha Foundation, Parzor Foundation, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research would also be now available for an immersive virtual exhibition on the Insitute’s site, the statement said.

Five institutions who are already on the Google Cultural Institute will be launching new content today, and these are Delhi’s National Museum, Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Archive of Indian Music, Jana Natya Manch, and the ASI.