The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google have teamed up to open up street view of about 30 Indian heritage sites on Google Maps, including the Taj Mahal (of course) and Agra Fort, Delhi’s Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, the Ajanta and Ellora caves (fabulous!), Elephanta, Mahabalipuram, Qutab Minar, and Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Just go to Google Maps and search for the site, and then choose “Street View”.
This Street View actually takes you indoors to every nook and cranny of the monuments, so it’s not quite the same as a regular Street View. Actually, Google isn’t stopping with monuments. Now, they are extending the same features to shopping malls, Convention centers, museums and Super stores in the form of “Indoor Maps”. Rather boring by comparison, but practical if you want to figure out, say, where to find a particular store in a shopping mall so you don’t waste half the afternoon looking for it. Click here for a list of places that now have Indoor Maps.
Google is planning to implement 360-degree Street View service for around 3,000 Indian monuments. It’s a great boon to armchair travelers, and helpful for those planning where they want to go. But if you have the possibility of visiting some of these magnificent sites, don’t settle for Street View.