Auroville, 'the city of dawn', is an experimental township where people from across the globe, irrespective of creed, colour and nationality, work together to build a universal, cash-free, non-religious township to realise good old human unity. It is this unique concept at its heart which makes Auroville the most popular of Pondicherry's attractions. Today, Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
Timings: Passes Issued for Matrimandir - 9 am - 4 pm (Mon to Saturday)
9 am to 1 pm (Sunday)
7. Shop till you drop because there ain't no therapy like retail therapy.
Pondicherry is known for its incense sticks, aromatic candles, essential oils, handmade paper items, handicrafts, souvenirs, mementos, cotton dresses and artefacts. You can visit the following stores:
• Kalki boutique: Famous for silk and cotton fashions, as well as accessories, incense, essential oils, handmade-paper knick-knacks.
• La Boutique d’Auroville: Famous for trinkets, garments, stoles and scarves.
• Geethanjali: Known for traditional and curio shop sells sculptures, carved doors, wooden chests, paintings and furniture.
Timings: 10 am - 8:30 pm (for most shops)
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