Saturday, 15 August 2015

Travel stories: Pondicherry

Colonial architecture 
Pondicherry aka Puducherry 'new town' definitely a new one in India, looking at the pristine beaches, the colonial architecture and clean roads. A perfect amalgamation of Tamil-French culture where you would find a tamilian boy speaking fluent french and a french lady serving tamilian cuisine in her restaurant. Puducherry is a walking city, one can always use a bicycle or bike to enjoy sight-seeing.
French war memorial statue

Gandhi statue 

My friend Mona and I decided to spend less on accommodation and more on rest of the things. We had booked a room at the ashram (youth hostel) Natura Ashram for three days. However, it didn't really work out well for us. The ashram was far from the main city and not approachable in night. On the first evening in Pondicherry, we took a stroll through the french quarter. We inquired few hotels on our way and finally found one near Promenade beach. After much of a discussion, both of us shifted to Hotel du Parc. I really loved the ambiance of this hotel, it's simply beautiful. :)

Hotel du Parc
For rest of the two days the plan was to not make any plans and just go with a flow (rather be susegat :P )

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