Published On: Fri, Aug 14th, 2015

Independence Day Special: Google provides virtual tour of India’s road to freedom

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To mark India’s Independence Day on 15th August, search giant Google is hosting a virtual tour featuring some of the landmarks as part of India’s independence movement on Google Maps and virtual exhibits on Google Cultural Institute.

The tour will include places like the Cellular Jail in Port Blair; Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar; the Aga Khan Palace in Pune; the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, as well as the Lahori Gate and other sites at the Red Fort in New Delhi. Also accessible is a special collection of images and artifacts from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

“The effort will enable people across the country a chance to reminisce India’s historic moments and revisit the nation’s road to independence with a virtual tour. The tour will take the users through some of the iconic landmarks that witnessed India’s independence movement on Google Maps,” Google Maps director Suren Ruhela said in a blog post.

The tour will allow users to follow the footsteps of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, from his oath at Parliament and speech on the country’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’, to the Red Fort, and virtually visit the place where he unfurled the Tricolor on 15 August 1947; and where each year, subsequent Prime Ministers have followed the tradition of unfurling the national flag and delivering an address to the nation.

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