What to Read Next

Explore the Taj Mahal on your computer screen

Bijoy Venugopal
24 February 2014
Taj Mahal, India
Agra, India<br><br>Who hasn’t felt romantic at the Taj Mahal? The monument in white marble is a paean to love itself. Arrive early to brush aside the tight security, the blazing heat of the stones under a summer sun, and the throngs of tourists and visit the Taj in spring, when a slight haze still drapes the marble mausoleum at dawn. Pause a moment. The love-cries of sarus cranes echo from the fields across the Yamuna, the chains of elephants clank and the bells of camels chime, and you can travel back in time to the Mughal Empire, and dream again of a love that lived forever.

What if you could lounge in your living room and take a tour of the Taj Mahal? Or stroll around Red Fort on your iPad while waiting at the airport?

If you aren’t doing that already, you’re missing out. The Taj and the Red Fort are among 30 monuments that you can tour virtually using Google Street View, a feature of the Google Maps platform that allows users to virtually explore destinations by moving around seamlessly stitched images with gestures and mouse movements. The experience is even more compelling on the Android smartphone platform, where you can walk through streets in a strange city as your phone informs you of the places to explore, the sights to see and the restaurants to eat at. The Google Cultural Institute, in association with the Archaeological Survey of India, has unveiled 360-degree online imagery of a number of major Indian monuments including rock-cut Jain temples and Buddhist stupas.

Using its Street View Trekker, Google had signed an MoU with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to bring the experience to its users. The World Wonders project of Google Cultural Institute already enables users to experience more than 130 locations in 40 countries around the world.

More resources:

Experience the Taj Mahal (Google Chrome browser recommended)

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

“It works. Officers were at my home in minutes."

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology... Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

Attn Home Owners Who Never Miss a Payment.

Home Owners who have not missed a payment in 3 years or more need to read this. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home there is a solution.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Australia. Qantas makes it easy.

Catch up on movies, enjoy a new inflight dining experience and wake up in Australia. Find great deals to Australia with Qantas.

Filing your taxes is 100% free with TaxAct

Be among the first to receive your tax refund. Filing your simple federal + state taxes is free when you file with TaxAct®. You Got This!

Bad News For Insurance, Great News For Virginia

Virginia drivers, with cars and good driving records are learning that they may qualify for lower car insurance rates. Do you qualify?

The Platinum Card®

Earn Premium Travel Rewards With Your American Express® Card. Apply!

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

It's Not a Phone, It's a Galaxy: Dual-Edge Display

With the dual-edge display on the Galaxy S6 edge and edge+, beauty has no bounds. It's not a phone, it's a Galaxy.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Consolidate your Student Loans by Refinancing

Refinance your student loans to a lower rate with SoFi. Find out how much you can save!

New! Classmates® Bingo

Love a good game of Bingo? Play with friends and exchange in game gifts for hours of endless fun!