Puducherry : A Quick Guide

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Puducherry, a.k.a Pondicherry, is one place you don’t want to miss out on your travel list. This Union Territory is packed with people of different cultures and places, and it is a perfect blend of all of it.

The official languages are Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. The people here show uttermost simplicity in their living, and almost all of them have a helpful mindset.
Tourist attractions are the Aurobindo Ashram, Central Globe of Matirmantir, Paradise Beach, Rock/Promenade Beach, and the French architecture is a feast to the eyes.

The Banyan Tree, at Matirmantir
The Banyan Tree, at Matirmantir

Sir Aurobindo, a spiritual guru, has his ashram at Puducherry that invites many foreign and domestic people to embrace his teachings and his final resting place.

Auroville, a town 8 km from Puducherry city, is where Sir Aurobindo’s Matirmantir is located. You may want to fare an auto or taxi as bus services are absent to visit this place.
Matirmantir is a place of spiritual enlightenment. Lush green trees stand tall on both sides of the path. We then reach the visitor’s place, where details on his teachings and life are displayed.
The Central Globe of Matirmantir is located at the end of the journey. It is usually lit up by the rays of the sun, and the sight will leave us wonderstruck. You will find peace and calmness in the air, and meditating here is bliss.

Central Globe at Matirmantir.
Central Globe at Matirmantir.

The streets of Puducherry are usually packed with people after the scorching heat in the afternoon has settled. The Sunday market near Anna Salai and Mission Street will have roadside vendors and shops which sell quality materials at reasonable prices.

Items at Mission Street
Items at Mission Street

In the evening, the Rock beach becomes a great place to hang out with friends and family, with the moon rising on the horizon.

Rock Beach, Puducherry
Rock Beach, Puducherry

The best part of Puducherry is its people, so energetic, proud, and ready to help anyone that approaches them. So then! Have you decided?

Happy journey!

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