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Auroville and French Colonial Heritage Tour

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Duration

8 hrs

Cancellation

Up to 15 days

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating exploration of Pondicherry’s spiritual and colonial heritage with the “Auroville and French Colonial Heritage Tour.” Your day commences with a hotel pick-up, leading you to the tranquil enclave of Auroville, founded by Mirra Alfassa as an international community centered around the awe-inspiring Matrimandir temple. Delve into the profound teachings of Sri Aurobindo at his ashram, a sanctuary for spiritual seekers. Following this spiritual journey, you’ll dive into Pondicherry’s French Quarter, where the charming blend of French colonial architecture and Tamil culture unfolds. Stroll along quaint streets, admire historic landmarks, and savor the city’s unique ambiance. This immersive tour promises a harmonious fusion of spiritual reflection and cultural discovery in Pondicherry.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the utopian ideals of Auroville at the futuristic Matrimandir and lush Auroville Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where spiritual teachings and practices continue to inspire seekers from around the world.
  • Immerse yourself in the art and history of Pondicherry at the Pondicherry Museum, renowned for its Chola bronze sculptures.
  • Wander through the charming streets of Pondicherry's French Quarter, adorned with colonial architecture and Tamil influences.
  • Discover the city's rich French colonial history, visiting notable sites like the French consulate, French Institute, Raj Nivas, and more on a customized walking tour.

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 128
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 220
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 348
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 432
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 543
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 671
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 799

What you will do

Indicative Pick Up Time: 9:00 AM

Indicative Drop Off Time: 5:00 PM

Tour Itinerary:

Auroville & Pondicherry Heritage

Your day begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Pondicherry at 9:00 AM. Get ready for a captivating journey that explores the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of this unique coastal city.

Auroville: Your first stop is Auroville, an experimental international community founded in 1968. It's dedicated to the idea of human unity and sustainable living. At the heart of Auroville lies the iconic Matrimandir, a futuristic golden-domed temple covered in thousands of reflective discs. This serene structure serves as a place for quiet contemplation and meditation. You can enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the Matrimandir area and the surrounding Auroville Botanical Gardens, which protect the region's tropical dry evergreen forest. Take a leisurely walk on Auroville Beach, a long sandy stretch with gentle surf, before moving on to the next destination.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Your journey continues with a visit to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Founded in 1926 by Shree Aurobindo and 'The Mother,' this ashram is a center for spiritual and philosophical exploration. Shree Aurobindo's and 'The Mother's' teachings on yoga, meditation, and integral living have had a profound impact on the lives of those who reside here. Explore the ashram's peaceful surroundings and learn about its history and practices.

Pondicherry Museum: Next, you'll visit the Pondicherry Museum, an institution that beautifully showcases the art and history of the region. It's particularly renowned for its collection of fine lost wax bronzes dating back to the Chola Empire. Marvel at the 81 Chola bronze sculptures, some of the most exquisite examples of this ancient art form.

French Colonies Exploration: As you step into the charming French Quarter of Pondicherry, you'll be transported back in time. This part of the city reflects the colonial influence of the French and features a unique blend of French and Tamil cultures. During your exploration, you'll encounter several architectural gems, including the French consulate, French Institute, Raj Nivas (the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry), Bharati Park (home to the Aayi Monument), and Government Square. Take in the picturesque beauty of the French schools and enjoy a cup of coffee and some delectable desserts as you stroll through the town's atmospheric streets.

After an immersive day of cultural and spiritual exploration, your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Pondicherry at approximately 5:00 PM. This tour promises to leave you with a deeper understanding of Pondicherry's unique heritage and a profound sense of tranquility and inspiration.

Included/Excluded

  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel
  • Transport by AC vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Monuments entrances
  • Bottled drinking water (2 bottle per person)
  • Any meal
  • Tips to driver & guide
  • Any other sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary

Languages

English

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