New online images of India as seen from street level could result in a tourist boom, with many monuments and attractions included.

An increased number of Brits may consider booking flights to India after exploring the country online, as Google has announced that it will be capturing the country with its Street View technology.

Starting today (May 26th), the US-based company will be gathering data via its vans, which are mounted with specially-designed 360-degree cameras, AFP reports.

Google Street View, which launched in the US in 2007, is currently available in 25 countries worldwide and allows site users to explore nearby and foreign destinations in detail, by simulating what it would be like to walk down the street.

Starting in Bangalore, Google plans to capture several popular cities, giving British travellers a chance to preview their Indian destination from the comfort of their own home.

Vinay Goel, chief of Google India, said: “We are planning to collect images of important monuments and tourist spots after getting necessary sanction from the authorities.”

Written by Ruth Norris

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