Grand digital tour awaits visitors to Hampi

Grand digital tour awaits visitors to Hampi

Sub-head: 3D projections, introduction to monuments through tabs on the cards

The heritage city of Hampi is all set to get a digital push.

Technology is being developed to educate tourists on the rise and fall of the Vijayanagar empire through 3D projections. The Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, will create the technology in association with the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which is also funding the project.

Among other projects are upgrading the museum here, introducing visitors to the sculptures in the town and giving mini introductions about monuments in Hampi through tabs.

A meeting was held recently with regard to these projects at the Kamalapur museum in the taluk. It was attended by officials of BEL and the Archaeological Survey of India and Prof Chaluvaraj of the Kannada University, Hampi.

P L Sahu, joint secretary to the union ministry of culture, told reporters after the meeting that six lakh tourists visit Hampi each year and that they were planning to put technology to good use to give the tourists a memorable experience.

Also, tourists will get to see all monuments at a single place with the use of digital media. The project will be implemented in three phases.

K M Shivakumaran, General Manager (HR) of BEL, said the company was undertaking the project as part of corporate social responsibility. The aim is to attract more visitors to the heritage by giving it a dogital touch. Monuments here are also set to get a facelift through the project.

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