India’s Taj Mahal has achieved another milestone, and this time in the virtual world: according to search giant Google, the iconic monument has now emerged as the hottest destination in Asia among the virtual travelers.
The news, which would be music to any Indian’s ears, was made in a Google statement which said that global virtual travelers have rated the Taj Mahal as their most favorite Asian attraction. The monument which is a symmetrical white mausoleum, apart from cementing its place as the most viewed destination in Asia, also emerged as one of the most viewed destinations globally. Countries where the Taj Mahal had the maxim admirers were: Singapore, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, and India.
The global virtual tourists, who seem to have a very refined taste, last year voted Japan as their most desired location. They were especially taken in by the enigmatic Mount Fuji, which is an active stratovolcano; the majestic looking Dotonbori canal; and the secluded of Hashima Islands. These destinations topped the list of most-viewed destinations in Asia on Google Street View.
Even though Japan is dislodged from the top position, it still continues to attract many virtual tourists; the only difference is now new attractions like cultural monuments and temples across Asia are becoming bigger fascination for these virtual tourists.
A technology from Google which comes packaged in Google Maps and Google Earth, Google Street View can be used to view and make one’s way across virtual cities presented in 360 degree horizontal and 290 degree panoramic street level images.
According to the Google , some of the other Google Street View destinations that made the cut this year include the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Agra Fort, Lavasa, Lovely Professional University, Humayun’s Tomb, Shaniwar Wada, Jantar Mantar and IIT Bombay.
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