And one more crazy adventure of solo wandering got checked.
This was a month of birthday & I was planning for something crazy. While scanning through map of India & what I found is Pondicherry, a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state with French legacy & mustard-colored colonial villas. With the craziness at its peak I planned for a solo trip on my birthday. A new place, new people, unknown language and Solo!!
Reading articles & planning for the trip became my day-to-day activity. As I was travelling solo, I was excited as well as scared at the same time. I need to be perfect this time and to keep my clumsiness bit aside. Being far away alone, I planned my arrangements beforehand. A three day short trip to Pondy. And all set for the adventure to the new place in the city of Dravidians with tinges of French.
My friends and dear ones were skeptical about my decision to travel solo to a new unknown place. But it was in my wish list long back. And I can really say that the experience is awesome.
But Why Pondy?
- A short 2-3 day trip can be planned for it.
- India has a vast coastline on both East & West. I have visited Western coast only, so time for the eastern coast.
- Till date only seen Sunset on the seashore. Time to see the Rising Sun.
- To witness various shades of cultural diversity of India.
- To be with myself.
After a wonderful birthday surprise by friends in the midnight with a cake & celebration & long lasting chats, I managed to get a sleep of one hour before starting my journey on early morning from Mumbai to Chennai by air. After reaching Chennai, I was little sleepy but all excited for the adventure to the new place & took a cab for Koyembedu Bus Stand for Pondicherry. Through the dusky & crowded streets of Chennai, I reached bus stand. The hoardings were all in Tamil & no English, difficult to get bus for which I need to board. But the bus authorities were helpful to guide me. And then with a short break, the ever loving road journey begins all the way from Chennai to Pondicherry via scenic East Coast road.
Bienvenue à pondicherry
Welcome to Pondicherry
Once I reached Pondy, I took Auto with lot of bargaining because of hyped auto fare to my hotel near to White town. After getting refreshed I was all ready to mingle on the Pondicherry streets. Evening walk on Tamilian styled streets. And rented a Vespa for two days to wander around the town.