town is a surprise in India. This you'll realise as you pass through well-laid,
wide streets carrying French names and kept unpolluted. Clean. A French past
is still present.
Pondicherry cheers the heart of the romantic. With grand boulevards and quiet
promenades. You'll be greeted with large bouquets of bougainvillea hanging over
the ivory-coloured walls of colonial mansions. Pondicherry with its ashram charm,
is sought out by the peace-seeker. And with its safe and secluded beaches, by
Pondicherry is richly cosmopolitan. A staggering number of 55 languages are
spoken here. By an easy, relaxed set of people. Pondicherry is a favourite hunting
ground for the shop-hopper. Where wonderful bargains are easy pickings. Pondicherry
is a peaceful, easy feeling. That makes you want to put your feet up. And let
your hair down.
The French Heritage
Pondicherry has a rich French cultural heritage, having been the capital of
the French colonies in India since the 17th century. Pondicherry, Karaikal,
Yanam and mahe were transferred to the Indian union in 1954. This French legacy
is visible in the well-Planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches,
beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches and public buildings
and the statues of joan of ark and joseph Francois colonies in India from 1742-54.
The town also has an alliance Francaise and the French institute. Among the
notable French personalities who left their indelible mark on Pondicherry, four
names stand out.
The Land of Yoga and Spirituality
If you are tired of the rat race that today's world has become and are in search
of inner peace, harmony and spirituality, then Pondicherry is the place to come
to. It has been seat of learning and Vedic culture since ancient times and was
also the home of the great Hindu sage Agastya. Pondicherry mystic spirit found
a great resurrection in the twentieth century with the establishment of Aurobindo