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Google to create "Virtual Walkthroughs" of Indian Monuments

Google has teamed up with the Indian government to create "Virtual Walkthroughs" of 100 of the best known historical monuments in the country.

The internet search giant will use its "Street View Trecker" - a backpack fitted with 15 cameras that capture detailed 360-degree imagery - to create the walkthroughs.

The project, a joint venture between Google, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Indian Ministry of Culture, will create online imagery of such famous monuments as the Taj Mahal and the ancient Khajuraho Temples of Madhya Pradesh.

Google says that the project aims to make India's heritage sites more accessible to people around the world while preserving them for future generations.

"With this, rural India will be able to see heritage online despite time and distance constraints. Information is transforming our future and with this we seek to bring more Indians on the Internet," said the Vice-President and Managing Director of Google India, Rajan Anandan.

In the past, Google has provided virtual walkthroughs of sites like the Eiffel Tower in France, Grand Canyon in the US, and Mt Fuji in Japan, among others.

Once each monument is "Trecked", the imagery will be uploaded onto Google Maps and featured on the company's World Wonders Site. 

It is worth noting that this isn't Google's first partnership with the Ministry of Culture.

Previously, the two entities had partnered to create splendid virtual walkthroughs of the National Gallery Of Modern Art and the National Museum.

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