28.08.2012 - 29.08.2012
I think as French Pondicherry is mandatory in a trip in South India! To easy describe it: It looks like Nizza, but without all the people! There is the same "promenade des Anglais" and still the french House style
Pondicherry was the only big city occupied by the French. After the independence with the British, the French government from Pondicherry has made a referendum to know if the people want to stay with the french occupation or not. And the result was that the french should stay! Finally some years later, the french decided to leave before creating too much nationalismus feeling. But today there are still some 10,000 French living there.
And as all "French" town, we've found some croissant and pain au chocolat!!! and it was actually very good
We couldn't take any pictures inside the building we have visited. But first we went in a antique museum. Then in a Ganesha temple and just one minute away the house where "The Mother" and the Guru Aurobindo Ghose are buried. Finally with visited a Hand Made Paper factury and an Art Galery.
And now the very interested part... Auroville... I put some quotes just so you can imagine what it is...
Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity
to have more info please go to wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auroville
So we just drived some km from Pondi and here we are... This place is built around a tree: the roots of the tree are creating other trees..
and finally in the middle of nowhere there is this big ball
inside there is a meditation room only available for the people living there. We couldn't enter, but there were some bild and miniatures
It is quite strange to imagine it... The city is planned to be for 50,000 people. Today there are only 1,700 people living there.
So we go back to Pondi and walk a little bit in the promenade