Taj Mahal, Red Fort top Google Street View destinations in India
Taj Mahal continues to be one of the most searched monuments in the world. The 16th century monument of love that was constructed by Mogul emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal continues to be on must see list of every foreign tourist who wants to visit India.
Now a Google report says that Taj Mahal is actually the most popular in Asia for global ‘virtual travellers’, according to Google.
While making the announcement a Google statement said, â€œTaj Mahal has emerged as one of the most popular Asian places for global virtual travellers. The fascination with this grand, symmetrical white marble mausoleum also holds within Asia, with the Taj Mahal ranking as one of the most globally viewed destinations by people in Singapore, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia and of course, Indiaâ€.
Taj Mahal is frequented by thousands of tourists from India and abroad. While the fee for the Indian tourists is very low, it is simply huge in the case of foreigners. â€œLast year, global virtual tourists had favoured Japan for its trails weaving up Mount Fuji, its colourful canal at Dotonbori and its secluded ruins at Hashima Island, as the most popular Google Street View destinations in Asia,” it said. Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Though Japan still attracts many of virtual tourists, cultural monuments and temples across the region are also taking centre stage, it said.
At least three other Mogul era monuments find their names in top Google Street View destinations in India. Other top destinations in India include Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Agra Fort, Lavasa, Lovely Professional University, Humayun’s Tomb, Shaniwar Wada, Jantar Mantar and IIT Bombay, the Google statement said.