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CaptivaTour’s new free app provides audio tour guides of two popular monuments in Delhi—Red Fort and Qutab Minar.

Every monument in Delhi has a rich history. For most tourists, however, the information comes after they have paid arbitrary prices and put up with the tantrums of tour guides. But now, more and more people are relying on smartphone apps for assistance. The Red Fort Audio Guide and Qutab Minar Audio Guide by CaptivaTour are designed to make visits to monuments as informative as possible without missing out on the history of the place. CaptivaTour is working on a similar audio guide for Humayun’s Tomb.

The apps, similar in terms of design and layout, are free to download. The interface is simple and easy to navigate. The pictures are detailed and used quite liberally to illustrate a point. For example, during an audio tour of Red Fort’s Rang Mahal, the audio asks users to view the image on the screen to see how the Nahr-i-Bihisht (or stream of paradise) was designed, where the water came in from, and the role of the carvings on the wall.

The tour guides are available in four different categories, with every category bundled according to user interest. For instance, if someone is interested in only the popular spots at a monument, they should opt for the Sample Tour and LiteTour, which cover four points of interest and 10 points of interest, respectively. Users can see the images and listen to the audio transcription for those five or 10 places. In Red Fort, the LiteTour covers most of the popular buildings like Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Khass, Rang Mahal and Diwan-i-Am.

A history buff is going to benefit more from the Standard Tour, which includes 15 places of interest, and the Fully Loaded Tour, which covers all 18 points of interest. The sources and reference material for content and images are mentioned in the credits section of the home page. It uses content from William Dalrymple’s Last Mughal, Francois Bernier’s Travels In The Mogul Empire, the Shah Jahan Nama (the official chronicles of Shah Jahan), and Emperors Of The Peacock Throne by Abraham Eraly.

Most monuments in Delhi are located in crowded and congested areas. Reaching these places or finding a parking spot is not easy. This is where CaptivaTour’s offline maps can help. Though one can’t zoom into them comfortably, these are handy and cover all the important landmarks and roads in Delhi.

The app also provides information on visiting hours, camera charges, places where cameras are allowed, and timings of special shows like the Sound and sight show at Red Fort.

These aren’t the only apps available. Guiddoo, which was launched in 2014, provides an audio-text guide of almost 20 popular monuments in Delhi within a single app. It too is free and the audio and text are available offline. But Captiva- Tour apps score on information and photographs.

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Abhijit Ahaskar

Abhijit writes on tech policy, gaming, security, AI, robotics, electronics and startups. He has been in the media industry for over 12 years.
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