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    Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    This place, located on Rue de la Marine - Boulvard, is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry. The Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. He was a Bengali whose strong resistance to the British rule got him imprisoned in 1908. While in prison he decided to take to a spiritual life. When he was released from prison in 1910 he gave up politics and headed to the French ruled city of Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo met the French women named Mira Alfassa in Pondicherry and she became his closest companion until his death in 1950. She led the Ashram until she died in 1973.

    The Ashram has a nice garden and contains the Samadhi (tombs) of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Their old Humber is in the garage near the courtyard. There is also a bookshop. The Ashram is open daily 8 am to 12noon and 2 to 6 pm. No children under 8 years old are permitted. You need permission to take pictures. For information about the Ashram contact the Ashram Reception Service, Main Building, Rue de la Marine. There is sometimes a guided tour in the morning starting around 8.30 am, which last a few hours. The Mother’s meditation room can be visited at 11.30 am, but you have to get permission first. There is a meditation session Mon to Wed, and Fri from 7.30 to 7.45 pm around the Samadhi.

    Visiting Hours

    8 AM - 12 PM
    2 PM - 6 PM

    There is sometimes a lecture, film or a slide show at the educational center, across from the main building. There is a notice board in the Ashram, which list upcoming events.

    Pondicherry Museum

    Pondicherry Museum is at the southern side of Government Place. It has 19th century French furniture, including a bed that Dupleix is said to have slept in, weapons, paintings, and good stone sculptures that were found in the area dating from the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar periods. Open daily except Mon 10 am to 5 pm free.

    Beach Road

    Most of the places to see are in the area of Goubert Salai, the road along the beach, which is a pleasant street to walk along. Along the beach are nice old French buildings, a 4m high statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and a memorial to the Indians who died fighting with the French during World War I.

    Place du Panthéon / Aayi Mandapam @ Bharti park

    This monument is the emblem of the Government of Pondicherry, previously called as La Place du Panthéon and later change into Aayi mandapam. This monument is surround by five parks, and is maintained to remind us the beauty of French architecture.

    Auroville

    Auroville was inaugurated on 28th feb 1968 with representation from 124 countries. Auroville was envisioned as a Universal Town, where people from different nationalities, faiths and beliefs, can live in peace and harmony.

    It is an attempt to realize a new society as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Nearly people from 35 countries are living here to realize on human unity and transformation of consciousness.

    Auroville welcomes people from all parts of the world to live together and explore cultural, educational, scientific, spiritual, and other pursuits in accordance with the Auroville Charter.

    Auroville information centre and Matri Mandir [Meditation hall with world’s biggest man- made crystal ball are the places open to most of the visitors. It offers less to see and lots to experience

    Auroville also has a huge golden globe called Matrimandir, in which there is a meditaion chamber which the most unique of all meditation chambers you have ever visited, and a place where you can get the experience of a life time.

    Arikamedu

    Arikamedu has a long history dating back to 2nd century B.C. It was used as a port for trade with the Romans and Greco-Romans. Wine, garum sauce and olive oil, were imported and the exports must have included textile, beads, semiprecious gems, glass and shell bangles.

    But now we can see only the perpendicular walls and a mission house, as the excavated trenches have been filled up. To know more about Arikamedu and its ancient culture you could visit the Pondicherry Museum where pottery, beads, shell bangles, ear studs etc are preserved.

    Ousteri lake

    Ousteri Lake is one of the biggest lake and major supplier of drinking water in those days. Now it is opened for the tourists for boat ride and to watch the birds. During the season, this lake acts as dwelling place for many migrating birds.

    Chunnambar water sport centre

    Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar, 8 kms from Pondicherry. The backwater and the lush greenery on both sides of Chunnambar provide an ideal setting. Visit time Mon-Sun: 9AM- 6PM

    Heritage Walk around Pondicherry

    It is very beautiful to take a walk around the Boulevards of Pondicherry , which presents to you with two different kinds of architecture, the white town or the French area and the indian square.

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