New Delhi, India | August 14, 2015: As India gears up for India’s Independence Day celebrations tomorrow, Google is all set to give 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 along with the Cultural Institute.
Tracing the Indian freedom struggle, Indians can now 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 witness 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.
Lahori Gate is the main gate to the Red Fort and named after its orientation towards the city of Lahore
A virtual exhibit from the Cultural Institute will enable citizens to Go right inside the complex and learn more about the Mughal Citadel — from the Chhatta Chowk markets and Naqqar Khana drum house, to the gracious arches of Diwan-e-Aam.
“As we prepare to mark the 69th anniversary of India’s Independence, there are a range of images, photos and virtual tours you can take with Google Maps and the Cultural Institute — including a special collection of images and artifacts from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library”, said Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps.
Independence Day Celebrations 1947, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Diwan-e-Aam, Archaeological Survey of India and the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
Indians could also visit the majestic Aga Khan Palace built in 1892, which served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi from 1942. Or the historical Sabarmati Ashram, his residence for over 12 years and from where he led the Dandi march — also known as the Salt Satyagraha — of non-violent protest in March 1930.
Aga Khan Palace, Archaeological Survey of India
Cellular Jail, Google Maps
A tour of the dreaded Cellular Jail in Port Blair or Jallianwala Bagh, the site of a tragic massacre of peaceful civilian protesters in 1919 will give a sneak into the hardships experienced by the freedom fighters during their struggle for India’s Independence.