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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places for sightseeing in Pondicherry?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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With an infectious appetite for art and music, Pondicherry is a vibrant crossroad, celebrating itself and life round the clock. Quiet, intimate streets and medieval alleys are jumbled together with major arteries like White Town and Promenade, giving the city a texture so rich that mingling through it all is the only way to soak it in and experience its true character. Some of the more popular ones are:

  • Promenade

Take an early morning or late evening walk along the promenade (Beach road or Goubert Avenue as it is known) to the background reverberation of the Bay of Bengal. You will be walking on a stretch of 1.5 km parallely to the Promenade Beach, one of the more popular beaches of Pondicherry, due to its proximity to the city. You will find it surprisingly less crowded that you would have expected and a lot cleaner. Out on the seafront you will see the beach punctuated by the monuments of its French legacy; the War Memorial, Dupleix statue (Joseph François Dupleix) and Statue of Joan of Arc. Completing the idyllic beach scenery is the Old Lighthouse, towering over the beach like the beacon it is supposed to be.

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Your search for means to spiritual solace and peace will end at the doorstep of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, even as your journey towards self-discovery and self-truth begins. Home to the approach of Integral Yoga and Sadhna, the Ashram was established by Sri Aurobindo, when he settled in Pondicherry in 1910, following a spiritual order. He was later joined by Mirra, a French lady, known now as Mother. Following Sri Aurobindo's retirement, Mother shouldered the entire responsibility of the Ashram.

For most of us, the sight of dolls can still send us into a tizzy, regardless of how old we are. If that's you, then definitely head over to the Doll museum. Here, you live out one of your ultimate childhood dream of seeing dolls of all shapes and sizes decked up in the regional dresses of different Indian states. Of course, before we forget, the place is ideal if you have young children.

The right hand man of Joseph-Francois, Marquis Dupleix, the
Governor General of the French establishment in India, Ananda Ranagapillai's white and mustard brick mansion stands at the Ranga Pillaistreet, with much of its architectural magnificence still preserved. It is a beautiful mix of French and Indian architecture and you can see the beautiful ornamental carvings on tables and stately doors.

In addition to the ones listed above, do visit Auro and Paradise beach, Botanical garden, Ousteri Lake and Bharathi Park.

You will find Pondicherry to be a vibrant and eclectic place with small enclaves, each with its own distinct personality.

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