The Union Ministry of culture launched on 3 October 2013 a unique project to put 100 most important Indian heritage sites online. The sites include the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho , Ajanta and Ellora caves.
Under the project Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) signed an agreement with Google to create 360 degree online imagery of 100 of India’s most important heritage sites.
According to the agreement detailed imagery of the identified heritage sites will be placed over the Internet for public viewing.
The imagery of the heritage sites will be available on Google Maps and the World Wonders site within the Google Cultural Institute. This will facilitate people to virtually view and explore these areas.
The project will make the experience of visiting heritage sites online more enjoyable and also bring them to the notice of billions of people connected globally via the Internet.
About Archaeological Survey of India
• Archaeological Survey of India is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the India.
• Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI.
• It regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
• It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
• For the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance the entire country is divided into 27 Circles.
• There are 3678 Monuments are declared as protected by the ASI, out of which 20 are World Heritage sites.
• Recently 6 forts of Rajasthan have been declared as World Heritage site by UNESCO under serial nomination as Hill forts of Rajasthan.
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