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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips does one need to keep in mind while visiting Pondicherry?

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While on a trip, especially to a new place, it's quite natural to feel a bit lost. There are few things that will hold you in good stead and ensure nothing disrupts your peaceful vacation:

  • Plan Ahead

Book your travel tickets well in advance. You don't want a last minute scramble with tickets, plane or train, that are either unavailable or highly priced. With hotel booking becoming so convenient today, it would be good idea to book the hotel rooms of your choice and budget well before you travel to Pondicherry. Get a written confirmation through email or fax and carry a copy of the email or faxed confirmation to the hotel as proof of your room confirmation.

  • Driving

Roads here are quite well-maintained and good to drive on. Though they may be slightly narrower and crowded. As with any long journey, if you're planning to drive down to Pondicherry, ensure that your car is fully-serviced. Also check for parking space for your vehicle at your hotel beforehand to avoid any last minute surprises.

  • Cash

Pondicherry has plenty of ATM's which you can use to withdraw cash. So it would be advisable to carry just some minimal cash to get you started and withdraw as you need them. Also, carry plenty of cash in smaller denominations like INR 10, 20, 50 and 100, as you will need it here for travelling, shopping, etc.

  • General Guidelines

Each city has its own set of rules and regulations, set down by the government. It would be advisable to adhere to these to avoid any untoward incidents during your trip. For foreign nationals, Visa is a must to carry with you at all times. Save the emergency contact numbers, especially the contact number of your hotel, in your mobile phonebook.

Now you are all set for that relaxed vacation you have been day dreaming of. Don't forget to bring home lots of souvenirs and pictures from your awesome trip.

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