An immersive 360-degree view that tells India’s incredible story to India and the World
From the serenity of a Goan sunset to the teeming crowd of citizens inhabiting the country’s capital, India is a study in contrasts. This mixed bag of experiences makes India 'incredible' and a paradise which is much sought after. While many other countries offer one or other monolithic experience of holidaying, India opens the portals to diversified experiences of climate, geography, culture, art, literature, and food.
With Google Arts & Culture, you can experience the breadth of India’s culture like never before. In partnership with Ministry of Tourism for its internationally acclaimed tourism campaign -- Incredible India!, we bring online today a series of compelling visuals: Anyone, anywhere can now immerse themselves in Incredible India! Step into Hampi, Goa, Delhi and Amritsar and experience India as a destination of heritage, festivity, spirituality and adventure.
The highlight of the partnership is a 360 video that takes you on a journey to some of the most iconic destinations in India. Marvel at the breathtaking view from the Qutub Minar, get a close view of the Guru Granth Sahib in the sanctum sanctorum of Amritsar’s Golden Temple, explore the splendor of the Vitthala Temple complex carvings at Hampi, or kick back and get a sense of Goa’s easygoing vibe, all without ever leaving your seat.
Whether you are a teenager interested in India’s history, or a travel enthusiast waiting to experience Indian heritage like never before, or a globe-trotter who hasn't yet visited India, the virtual tour of the country, spanning South to North, can be your starting point. And using Google Cardboard, you can turn the 360 video into a fully immersive Virtual Reality experience.
Using the best of 360-degree video capture technology, including Google’s Yi Halo camera -- our teams visited Hampi, Goa, Delhi and Amritsar to capture stunning slices of life that typify each place. After 12 days in India, and over 40 hours of travel, we had transversed India. The music is inspired by the rhythms and melodies of the regions depicted in the video.
(L to R: The Stone Chariot at the Vitthala Temple in Hampi; the Qutub Minar)
(L to R: the Golden Temple; Goa’s Nerul River and Our Lady of Good Hope Church)
And if the video inspires you to explore further, you can learn about Hampi, Goa, Delhi and Amritsar on the Google Arts & Culture online platform at g.co/incredibleindia or on the free Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS or Android.
As part of our long-ranging association with the Ministry of Tourism, we are committing ourselves to bring new and global audiences to India’s rich heritage and history, by bringing the best in our technology. We hope you enjoy viewing it as much as we loved putting it together.
By Simon Rein, Program Manager Google Arts & Culture