A city like no other, Pondicherry started wooing travellers from all across the world almost a decade back and has not stopped. Rightly so. A very French setting and architecture makes it the closest you can get to France in India, but this is not all. The city equals France in terms of all things cool; count in the cuisine that is on offer, colourful beach crowd, a fast-growing expat community, and of course the fact that Pondicherry is also home to Auroville. Yes, the Auroville that is an experimental township, first of its kind. If the idea of exploring sustainable living is high on your mind, Auroville is where you must be.