India

The World’s Most Expensive House

Perhaps proving that money can’t buy taste, an Indian billionaire will soon occupy what is being described as the world’s most expensive house. Antilia1 is estimated to have cost up to $70million (US) to construct2 and manages to squeeze 27…

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Monday, 10th January 2011

The Skeletons of Roopkund Lake

Roopkund Lake lies tucked amongst the towering peaks of the Indian Himalayas at an elevation of more than 5,000 metres. Frozen almost year-round and extremely remote, this frigid alpine lake can only be reached on foot, four days walk from…

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Thursday, 16th September 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010

World Fair Trade Day

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day, an annual global event held by by producers, retailers and supporters of this alternative trading system.1 To celebrate, we’re taking a tour of the Fair Trade Google Earth layer. Full instructions on how to…

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Friday, 7th May 2010

Hampi

The village of Hampi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage and the location of the former capital city of the Vijayanagara empire. Its temples and ruins are a World Heritage Site collectively known as The Group of Monuments at Hampi.…

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Wednesday, 10th March 2010

The Taj Mahal (or is it?)

The marble tomb of the Taj Mahal is supposedly the ultimate symbol of love, being built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his second wife. However, despite a striking resemblance, this is not the Taj Mahal. Rather, it’s…

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Wednesday, 9th September 2009
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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