Google Street View to map 100 heritage sites in India

Google: readies trip to India to add area to Street View
Google: readies trip to India to add area to Street View

Google's Street View team has soared or, to put it more literally, trekked around the globe, since developing the technology to go off road last year, and now it's going to India.

Google has partnered with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to map 100 heritage sites, from the Taj Mahal to Qutub Minar, the Ajanta and Ellora caves to Humayun’s tomb.

It will be Google’s second attempt at street mapping India. The internet giant was banned from taking images of Bangalore in 2011.

This new deal with the ASI means Google’s team will be able to take its Trekker kit to the subcontinent and create 360 degree panoramic views of the country’s treasures.

Taking on 100 sites in India is certainly no mean feat, but it is by no means out of the ordinary for Google.

Last month the Street View team revealed it had mapped out the Galapagos Islands and released documentary footage outlining the length and care that went into the project. From trekking across mountains to finding blue-footed boobies, to diving and swimming with seals, the expedition took the team to lands whose wildlife contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

And in true Google fashion, the team have already mapped the inside of the Tardis, well ahead of this month’s 50th anniversary of 'Dr Who'.

The blue police phone box can be found just outside of Earl’s Court station in London. Its picture on Street View has a couple of arrows tucked away at the bottom of the image, which when clicked shows the viewer inside the Doctor's home.

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