July 24, 2008
July 19, 2008
The Portuguese have been here. So have the Dutch.. The Danes. The English And the French.
A trip to puducherry is like a journey in time with a vibrant present celebrating its interesting past. “History goes back to the Roman times, but factually started with the arrival of the French in 1963, who founded the town and built it in its present form, during the two and a half century they occupied it. “Puducherry” is the French interpretation of the original name “Puducheri” meaning “new settlement”. Many pilgrims have shared the town’s hospitality on their way to the temple town of
An overnight journey surely made me tired but once I stepped into
I was sure, two days was not enough to experience everything in
We started off by picking up the map of
If you cannot walk, feel free to hire a Cycle :) That’s the best I liked about
We started off with the Aurobindo handmade paper Industry. This a great place for green lovers. One can find all kinds of utilities made of paper only including Jewelry. This surely is a must visit.
Well I was sure it was going to be boring for my little brother, but I couldn’t get off from seeing the
After feeding ourselves enough with Pondcherry’s past history it was time to visit my favorite and the main reason why I went to
On the sea front are several land marks out of which I got to see The War memorial cold and dispassionate throbbing the memory of last dreams, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a four-meter statue surrounded by eight magnificent granite pillars, which were supposedly brought from Gingee, a fort some 70 Kms. from Puducherry and
an Old light house that used for the first time on July 1st 1836 and continued to be used upto the year 1979. This now- abandoned lighthouse stands on the edge of the sea.
It was noon and we started planning towards Auroville. We were not left with a lot of time and decided to just visit the
It was time to leave this quiet and pretty city but we just had to end it the right way and what more than to visit the beautiful Botanical gardens.
The gate leading to the garden is reminiscent of French architecture and it stands out from its immediate surroundings because it is smack in the middle of the old Tamil town. The Botanical Gardens were laid out in 1826 in the ornate French style, with pruned trees, beautiful flower beds and gravel lined paths and fountains. The French introduced many exotic plants from all over the world, many of which thrived. With over 1500 species of plants, this could actually qualify as one of the best botanical gardens in
The cannon ball flower (state flower of Pondicherry) and the 12 million year old fossilled tree was the grand finale!
Well that ended my most memorable journey to