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Well, this is one of the most frequented activity for which people visit Pondicherry. Matri Mandir is one of the most peaceful places on earth and you will never be able to forget your experience here. The place stays closed on Tuesdays. And always come with prior booking because mostly, it stays booked for at least the next 3 days.
3. Volunteering in Auroville:Auroville is a place where one can connect with themselves. So if you have some time to spend, there are several workshops and programs you can volunteer on. There are also farms where you can volunteer.
...cont'd from part 1 of 2Pondicherry & Auroville: Day 29 to Day 39
The next day after reaching Auroville we spent another wonderful day by visiting the market and by having our lunch at Richie Rich, visiting Serenity beach again and in night we started our journey back to Chennai from where had our train scheduled at 5 in the morning. But as we reached Chennai three hours early we spent the entire night at the station, which was not so boring as whenever you are inside a station remember to look out for some fun you will always find some people doing funny stuff. With this the wonderful trip to Tamil Nadu came an end. “Travel as much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place” because living in one place means reading only one page of the entire book.TOTAL EXPENDITURE- Rs. 20,000.THREE PEOPLE- 7,000 PER HEAD.INCLUDES FOOD, TAXI, HOTEL, TRAVELLING AND OTHER EXPENDITURES.
Next day was a deciding day as we were confused about where we can go next in south, but before that breakfast it was and after that a little rest and then again lunch which is something worth telling about as it was Tanto Pizzeria, a place where one can find a wide variety of Italian cuisine and the best pizza I have ever had. The next in line was Auroville Beach it was a place where one will not find many tourists as it is known only to the people of Auroville and Pondicherry and that is the reason the beach and the water was clean.
So after being there for four hours and realising how we can improve our society we left the place. After reaching back to Auroville we went to our next location which became even more beautiful under the full moon it was the rock garden. A place surrounded by trees, rocks all over the garden and then a big single tree in the middle; it was a complete package for peace lovers. And with this our day came to an end, not actually it came to an end with us ending up with half cooked maggi as we ran out of LPG.
Next day was unplanned; this is an advantage of being a traveller instead of a tourist, you don’t have to plan anything just get out take a bike and go anywhere you wish to. So this day had the best start all thanks to the café Richie Rich, where you will find the best cold coffee with any sort of sandwich and fries and other tasty things that are way to tasty to just leave if you are in Auroville. It was a small café with great food and all the more friendlier people to serve you with a smile on their face. After breakfast it there was nothing to do so we went to see some buildings with awesome architecture I just went there to kill some time, but as it is hub for architectures and the other two were architects well you cannot help.
After sitting there for around an hour or so we started moving back to Auroville as no matter how beautiful a place is one cannot compromise with sleep.
So the night ended with both of us reaching there at around 2 A.M. and my brother meeting with his old colleagues and finally sleeping in a house which explains why Auroville is a hub for Architects. A house completed surrounded by trees, a shower area with no roof, only a few houses around, that to not stick next to your house and cats.
Auroville is an experimental township located 10 kilometers north of Pondi town.
2pm – 4pm – After lunch, visit Auroville. Founded in 1968, Auroville is an experimental township where people of all nationalities live in peace and progressive harmony. Roam around the complex, understand the culture and way of life here. Then proceed to Matrimandir, the golden dome in the centre of Auroville. Not a temple, Matrimandir is built for silent introspection and meditation. Even though the entry to Matrimandir is free, you need to obtain a pass to enter it. You need to make a booking in person at least one day in advance at the visitor's centre in Auroville. Therefore, for those visiting Auroville, and Pondicherry in just a day, it's best to see this place from just the outside. There is a dedicated Matrimandir Viewing Point which is a 10-12 minute walk away from the visitor's centre. You can either walk the way or hop on board a free bus service provided by Auroville.Evening – Pondicherry Beach Promenade and a dinner that is the perfect fusion of Tamil and French cuisines. Pondicherry Beach Promenade is approximately 15km from Auroville and costs somewhere between Rs. 180 and 200 by cab. 5pm - Leave from Auroville and come back to the main town. Head straight to Pondicherry Beach Promenade. Popularly known as the Promenade Beach, this is the pride of Pondicherry. Stretching for approximately 1.5km, it is the best place to have a relaxing evening. You can either take a walk around the beach and see prominent structures such as the War Memorial, statue of Joan of Arc and Mahatma Gandhi, old lighthouse, Dupleix statue and remains of the old pier. Or you can just sit on the beach and enjoy sand and sun.
Third day we start from Auroville (Most famous place in pondicherry) in this place you can see people from different countries they come here and work together live together and find peace and happiness....It free of cost service and anybody who want to join come and join.. There are Maitri Mandir but its open only in visitor hourThe Visitors Centre and the Matrimandir Viewing Point will remain open as usual from 9 am to 5 pm, Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm only
On the second day I went to Auroville which is near Vedanta. Auroville is a community which thinks differently from us. They don't have cash/ATMs, there you have to earn your bread by working for the community . You have to go through a proper procedure to stay as an Aurovillan, otherwise you are just a visitor. But being a visitor is also not too bad. You have to give it up to them, the aurovillans turned a completely barren land to lush green forest. They have only one propaganda, universal harmony. As a visitor you will only get to see the main attraction, Matrimandir from outside. But if you go their website 6-7 days prior, you can book a meditation session inside the matrimandir. Whether or not you believe in spirituality, the place has a different aura.I don't know if its the architecture or peaceful forests.
AurovilleQuoting from a board I read in auroville and its purpose, “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.” Isn’t this freaking amazing? Staying somewhere where people are nice and kind to each other, I might settle down there after I retire which will be after I don’t exactly know when. But would definitely consider staying in the nature and greenery. With flowers and trees of n number of variety, smelling a different fragrance every time you walk past one area, meeting people from all around the world, this place is my idea of “me-time” place.
Day 1: Auroville, Auroville beach, Cafe Xtasi, Rock beach, Gandhi Statue, Promenade Beach, White town, Basilica of sacred heart of JesusAuroville is 15kms from Pondicherry. Google map came to our rescue and it took 30 minutes to reach Auroville. This place is famous for its Matri Mandir. To visit the Matri Mandir a 2 day prior reservation is needed. The place is very quiet. We did not have the reservation so we could have only the view from outside. It looks like a round shape golden ball.
Created out of a wasteland, Auroville is an universal town which is a perfect amalgamation of nature and peace. Travelers from all over the world come to Auroville and live together peacefully. The main attraction here is the Matrimandir that is surrounded by four zones namely the cultural, industrial, residential and peace zone. Apart from this, Auroville is protected by a green belt that serves as a barrier against the urban interference.Best Time To Visit: JanuaryOther Things To Do: Paradise beach, French cuisine, Seaside promenade, bicycle tours and boat rides. 13. Watch The Retreat Parade at Wagah Border In Amritsar, Punjab
The air carried a song which I had known all my life but it was only now that I was hearing it for the first time. If not material renunciation for Auroville, going back to the city brought a heavy sense of renunciation of Auroville which had caught my heart joyous, body at peace and the mind at play. I found my self letting go of a utopic nowhere which was like a Disneyland for the soul.
Our second day was filled with adventure, for we had decided to go to Paradise beach and Auroville. Our first stop was Auroville. The ride (Activa) was smooth and the experience was good.
After a 12 km ride, we reached Auroville. It is an experimental township designed by architect Roger Anger. It was the dream of Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother"). The place was not like any other usual place. It seemed like an ideal world. Auroville is a universal town where men and women of all countries live in peace and progressive harmony. It's purpose is human unity. We were greeted by a wind chime hanging from a tree with its occasional music. It was a serene place filled with trees. From organic food to renewable energy usage, we saw everything we had wanted to see together at one place.
The next day we rented scooty and bikes and followed our way to auroville. Auroville is 12km from Pondicherry, a spiritual place established by Mirra Alfasa, popular as The Mother dedicated to the vision of Sri Aurobindo.The structure is ecstatic though it takes a long walk to reach there. It contains solar panels. We could not explore much as we were not allowed inside.
So the day began at 0500 hrs had set up my gear and saddle bag a day prior and was good to go. My sole purpose was to catch a glimpse of the first ray of sunshine on the highway and capture the moment. I wasn't very lucky but all I got was the morning sky which was encouraging enough.
We decided to rent a Scooty and go to Auroville. The city is founded based on the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, dedicated to human unity. At the centre of the township, lies the 'Matri Mandir' or 'Temple of Mother'.I would not recommend the food that is served inside Auroville, it's better to have food in nearby cafes.
Enjoy some peace at AurovilleReach Pondicherry early in the morning and leave for the Auroville.There are plenty of Autos available almost everywhere in Pondicherry but if you don’t speak Tamil and don’t know the distance they tend to overcharge you a lot. Hence, it’s a better idea to book cabs. You can also take a Scooter/car on rent for a hassle-free trip.Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday - 9 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4.30 pm.