Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Globetrotting Diaries - Pondicherry, India

Now renamed as ‘Puducherry’ meaning “New Town”, Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India. It is Union Territory of India located on the Southern coast. It is also known as "The French Riviera of the East". Strong French influence can be seen in this small city’s Architecture and Food.

Pondicherry has a unique spiritual feel and a great peaceful spot to run away from the hustle-bustle of a crowded city.

We had a small 2 day trip to this serene city. We rented a two-wheeler which is quite common there, to explore this small city. Apart from taking a City tour and enjoying the beaches and good food, we mainly visited  “Matrimandir” – meaning ‘Temple of the Mother’ located in a small nearby city called ‘Auroville’. The sphere of this temple is plated with gold and has geometric pattern and the inside is adorned with white marble. Meditation cushions are placed inside and the mediator must sit in absolute silence. It is surrounded by lovely gardens.

“The Shore Temple” located in nearby city Mahabalipuram,which is famous for its stone carvings. The temple was built with blocks of Granite. It is a really Ancient spot build in 700 AD this temple has been here for more than 1400 years.Due to wind and water erosion the temple has undergone quite a bit of damage in the past years and lost some of its detailing. Now it has been included in the UNESCO heritage project since 1984.

The Beaches...



“Matrimandir” – meaning ‘Temple of the Mother’...


Churches in the City...




Temples in the City...


 The Ancient Shore Temple...




For more info Visit - http://tourism.pondicherry.gov.in/home.html