Independence Day 2017: Google Earth Voyager gives you a virtual tour of Dandi March
You can now be a part of Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Dandi March as Google recreates the journey digitally on its Earth Voyager.
Google has included the Dandi March story to its Google Earth Voyager.Google claims that many of these photos have never been released.
The 24-day journey started on March 12, 1930 to protest against the tax levy on salt by the British. The march added huge momentum to India's independence movement. While 78 people began the almost 400 km-march with Gandhi, many more joined along the way.
Users can now experience the emotion felt on that long trek towards independence, Google said in a statement. "The Voyager story takes you through a journey retracing the steps of Gandhi's Salt March from Sabarmati to Dandi in his campaign for India's freedom," it added.
The story is told in the words of Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar Gandhi, based on his family knowledge and his own retracing of the march in 2005, the statement said.
Google has created a montage of 22 slides covering each key stage of the journey to specific locations along the way, recounting what happened at that location along with a photograph taken at the time.
The first stop in the journey is at the Gujarat Vidhyapeeth University, where viewers learn about the thatched hut built by the townspeople of Vasana, and about the boat owner who ferried almost 400 volunteers and villagers across the Narmada river free of charge. At any time, users can zoom in, and pan around the scene.