Puducherry

Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry is one of the most picturesque towns of Tamil Nadu.


It traces its history way back to the first century AD. It used to be a bustling town in those days with trading links with countries far away. By the tenth century AD, it came under the reign of different dynasties of the South – the Pallavas, the Vijaynagar Empire and so on.

 Then began the European chapter in Puducherr’s history. First came the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the English and the French.

The history of French occupation in India begins with the legendary general Joseph Francois Dupleix. He fought many wars with the East India Company and finally brought Madras under French rule in 1746. For the next few decades, they ruled over the region around Puducherry and Madras.
v In1954, all French settlements in India were transferred to the Indian Union and Puducherry became a Union Territory.

Today, this seaside town manages to retain its old world charm. Tourism is the biggest industry here and Puducherry attracts hordes of tourists from all over the world. It is frequented by Yoga enthusiasts and those with a spiritual bent of mind. Weekends see a big rush from Chennai as the city is merely a two hour drive away from Puducherry.

Peak season is December to February because the weather is pleasant. As for summers, they are best enjoyed indoors in Puducherry! Temperatures routine touch 40 degree Celsius and the sun is scorching all day long.

No worries on the communication front. Tamil and French are the lingua franca of Puducherry. Though English is used for administrative as well as practical purposes.

Puducherry is a bustling centre of art and culture. If you happen to be in the city in the first week of January, do participate in the Yoga Festival. It draws aspirants from across the globe and includes includes talks, discussions, exchange of ideas, consultation and demonstration of techniques. There are dance and music performances each day as well.



Sightseeing in Puducherry:
The Promenade – The 1.5 km long promenade that runs along the beach is a beehive of activity on weekends. There are several landmarks along this stretch: The War memorial, the statue of Joan of Arc, the heritage town hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and Dupleix, the old light house, the remains of the old pier and more. Stroll across the promenade and soak in the delights of Puducherry’s rich colonial past.

Auroville – This experimental township was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa who is popularly known as ‘The Mother’. Auroville was conceptualised as universal town where people of all nationalities could live harmoniously. In the centre of the town is the Matrimandir. A monument that has been hailed as an outstanding architectural achievement by many. Remember to observe silence here as the entire area around the temple is called Peace Area.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram – This was founded by Sri Aurobindo in1926 (Siddhi Day). A highly respected institution, it provides many charitable benefits to the area, including free medical facilities and a publishing house. It also has a centre called School for Perfect Eyesight that claims to improve eyesight with natural methods.

French War Memorial – This is a solemn reminder of the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War. Every year on the 14th July which also happens to be Bastille Day, the monument is illuminated and people pay homage to the martyrs.

Hotels:

The Richmond Puducherry is situated in the French Town at Labourdonnais Street. The Richmond has 14 well appointed rooms with all modern facilities. Hotel is very close to beach and walkable distance to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The Richmond is one km from the Railway station and two kilometers from the Busstand.

Top News

Are all South Indians Madrassis?

Are all South Indians Madrassis?

South India has 4 different major states, but people in north, east and west end up calling all of them Madrassi. Here's a general explanation of who lives in South India, and what is peculiar about each of the major states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. "South India is the area encompassing India’s st...
14 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
The Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw

The Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw

Here's the great Bajaj RE Auto Rickshaw in action. A quick look at the three wheeler. RE = MORE and MORE = RE " Bajaj RE is a name deeply inscribed in every Indian's heart. After all, it has been a tried and trusted companion since 50 years. By being world's largest manufacturer of 3 wheelers and the largest exporter of ...
11 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Auto Rickshaw by TriBeCaStan

Auto Rickshaw by TriBeCaStan

Great Auto Rickshaw tune from TriBeCaStan album 'New Songs From The Old Country'. The video below contains footage of auto rickshaws roaming through urban India. " Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instr...
10 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Budapest Tuk Tuk

Budapest Tuk Tuk

Catch a ride with the Budapest Tuk Tuk service, offering some spectacular tours in this great city. The Tuk Tuk serivce offers different types of unique sightseeing rides with the great beast, including castle district picnic tour, romantic tour:), fresh air and scenic view tour, 360 twister tour, and much more... Vehicle/T...
9 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
How to Pack for India

How to Pack for India

There are tons of packing checklists all over the web, but this one is specific packing tips for India travel, by comedian Jasmeet Singh, a.k.a Jus Reign. "Jus Reign, is a Sikh Canadian YouTuber. He lives in Toronto, he is the No.1 subscribed YouTuber in Canada. Im brown. I wear a turban. Old white ladies are scared of me....
9 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
How To Drive A Tuk Tuk in India

How To Drive A Tuk Tuk in India

A quick guide on how to drive an auto rickshaw in India by Grant Schuman. "Follow Grant Schuman on an incredible journey where you decide where he goes, what he does, and how he gets there. An adventure seeking traveler steps things up a notch when he lets his viewers decide where he goes and what he does. You can scre...
8 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
India

India's Village of Musclemen

Asola-Fatehpur Beri, a poor farming village on the outskirts of Delhi has reinvented itself as the bodybuilding capital of India. Almost all of the men in the town workout and are employed as bouncers or security guards in nearby New Delhi. "They train from birth but step things up at the age of 14 when they switch to a d...
7 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Adventures in India

Adventures in India

Adventures in India reflects the adventures of traveling with Basti Hansen in his girlfriend through India - from the Himalayas to the Andaman Islands. "Big Images, calm nights. Here are some Memories from that time. It's a piece about Love - Travel & Passion. Shot with a Canon 600D and mainly a Sigma 10-20mm lens. Music by...
4 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Indian Mario by All India Bakchod

Indian Mario by All India Bakchod

What if Nintendo’s Super Mario was Indian? Mumbai-based comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB) recreated the game with an Indian twist, in this excellent animated series. Indian Mario ...
2 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
The Story of Indian Food

The Story of Indian Food

The Story of Food is a new TV series based on the history of Indian cuisine. The series explores the histories and myths surrounding culinary-culture, foods, ingredients and various-recipes from across India. "We delve into the the evolution of the Indian palette in different regions by examining the sumptuous tables of num...
1 Jul, 2014 by admin  0
Page 20 of 96« First...10...1819202122...304050...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤