My dreams of a solo trip finally came to fruition in July when I finalized my sort of overdue plans to go to Pondicherry. When I had shared my solo plans with various people the reactions were a mixture of derision and total envy. To be honest I was also a little apprehensive as this vacation would be drastically different from any previous trips. I am glad those doubts were erased as soon as I reached Pondicherry.
I decided to book an early morning flight from Delhi to Chennai primarily because of the cost as well as making the most of the first day. Reaching Chennai at 9:30 AM meant that I took my pre-booked cab from there and reached Pondicherry by 1:30 PM and I would have the entire evening to explore the French town. I checked in at Aadhaar Guest House which is a lovely little place run by a French lady. The guest house boasts of an excellent rooftop seating area and provides bicycles free of cost. The place is perfect for solo travelers and young couples.
I was sleep deprived and tired by the time I had reached Pondicherry. I dozed off immediately after entering my room and woke up around 4 PM to properly start exploring the town. I packed my camera and water bottle in my bag and walked till Rock Beach which was approximately 1.5 kms away from the guest house. No cars are allowed in the area after 6PM so it is ideal for an evening stroll and enjoying the sea. Sitting on one of the numerous large black rocks and observing the waves became a ritual for me for the three evenings that I spent in Pondicherry.